Jim Smart
February 1, 2009

There are mysteries that have perplexed mankind for centuries. We're going to leave these issues for greater minds and focus on more recent mysteries, such as what to do about leaking windshields and backlights. We could suggest visiting a reputable local glass shop. However, we've learned most windshield shops today don't know any more about replacing vintage window glass than the average garage-born-and-raised enthusiast. We've seen all kinds of careless installations performed by so-called professionals. We've hired local glass shops that guaranteed a leak-free installation and still wound up with water on our feet.

Proper installation begins with new trim clips from any autobody supply store or AMK Products. These trim clips are zinc-coated to prevent corrosion. It's more challenging to install them when you're dealing with a vinyl top. We suggest new clips because you want them to adhere to the pins and trim. When pins have broken off, use a button-head Phillips screw (like you see on kick panels).

So what should you do when it seems few windshield replacement professionals have the expertise to properly install vintage Mustang glass? Our suggestion is to do it yourself, following some basic guidelines that date back to the way Ford assembled these cars. We've found windshield professionals use either too much or too little windshield sealer. They also use the wrong kind. What's more, they apply sealer where it was never intended to go. Some shops use no sealer whatsoever and slap the trim back on, hoping you'll never notice.

The best anti-leak suggestion we can offer is to follow your Ford Shop Manual's instructions to the letter, applying sealer exactly where Ford tells you to, and increase the dosage for extra added measure.

Windshield Sealer
You have a couple of windshield sealer choices for classic Mustangs with rubber gaskets. Adcobond R-900 from ADCO Products is the most appropriate windshield sealer, available at most autobody supply stores. It's the nastiest composition you have ever seen, but it seals like nothing else. Here's a word to the wise: Don't get R-900 on your hands or clothing. It will never come out of clothing, and lots of lacquer thinner will be needed to remove this sealer from your hands.

If you can't find R-900, opt for 3M's Windo-Weld Resealant #08634, available anywhere 3M products are sold. Windo-Weld has a similar composition to R-900 and seals just as well.

Photo Gallery

View Photo Gallery