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Old 02-24-2010, 06:53 PM
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You talking windshield?
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Old 02-24-2010, 06:57 PM
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Yes the windshield is what I need to remove. Mr. MC have and tip's to share with me?
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:06 PM
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I have one.....do NOT break the thing becuase they are EXPENSIVE to fix or find
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:32 PM
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Yes the windshield is what I need to remove. Mr. MC have and tip's to share with me?
On my '77, which I would assume is the same as yours, the bottom molding of the windshield frame has a channel in it with T-bolts sticking out the bottom. The bolts go through the decking and are fastened with lockwashers and nuts. This would be relatively easy to get at if the flotation was not sprayed under the deck preventing access. You will need to carefully remove enough insulation to get to the nuts. Using a 1/4 drive with the proper extensions and universal joint will get the job done. The bolts on the sides and behind the steering wheel are reasonably accessible. You will find the same flotation sprayed under the gunwhales and needing to remove just enough to get the job done.

Take out the seats if you haven't already and get ready to have some fun. and follow cbryan 70's advice about not breaking it. You won't find another one just laying around. If you do, grab it for me because I still need one.

And if your hands aren't beat up enough from all the work you have done, that old flotation foam will sand a few layers of skin off your hands.

Fight the urge to reinstall the windshield with nylock nuts. If you ever have to remove the windshield again, you will appreciate it.

Good luck. Let me know how it goes.
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Old 02-24-2010, 07:53 PM
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Hmmmm, with all that said I dont know if I want to break or mess anything up. You guy's have me gun shy. I might just let it go and clear coat around it and just mask it off. The gel coat on the inside is still good I will look more into it and let you know but more than likely I will let it be. Thanks for steering me in the right way.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:13 PM
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The windshield is a chore to take out, but you would have to do something dumb in order to break it. I wouldn't be too worried. I know you aren't gun shy when it comes to work.
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:30 PM
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"BANG" didnt scare me.... LOL
I will take a look and see what I can do if it is going to be to much I will let it be and move on to the next thing on my LONG to do list.
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:27 PM
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I am all most ready to put the tranny on the motor so I can get that out of the way. I am not sure if the cover I have should look like this or should it be straight?
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:05 PM
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It should not look like that. That is the cover for the starter solenoid breaker and so forth. It looks like it almost melted at some point in time. I replaced mine with a metal box that my brother and I fabricated. See pic below. Looks much better I think. I used the old cover as a liner to ensure no shorts on the new netal cover.

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:31 PM
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Windshield on my '80 needed to come off as a result of three things that I think you should review:
1. The rubber seal between windshield and cap was cracked. Check if it needs to be replaced.
2. The windshield itself was loose as a result of item 1 above.
3. The mounting bolts had leaked water and rotted about 4" around each bolt in the wood backing that is embedded for the windshield mounts.

I had my cap searated from the hull and turned upside down to rewire the helm and reglassed as necessary while it was off. Not sure how you would repair the mountings if you need to unless you remove the cap. Hope all is good and tight. If so, count your blessings and trudge on Captain!!!
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