So what do parachute parts and PORSCHE parts have to do with each other? Well, besides being associated with something exciting, I will answer this below.
By the way, if you never have taken a parachute jump from up over 20,000 feet- DO IT! It is a thrill you will never forget. I had the good fortune to do this a few years ago and loved it. See the photo at the bottom of this post.
Now, back to reporting on Miss April's progress. Thanks to a long Labor Day weekend and help from my wife, FOUR of the windows are now installed. One of the rear quarter windows was already done, and installing the other side went smoothly.
It was then time to install the front windshield and rear glass.
The steps I took were:
On a small table covered with a beach towel, I installed the new rubber seal which I lubricated first with Dawn soap
Second step was to fit the new aluminum trim.
New trim comes too long, and you have to measure to find the middle of the glass
Cut the new trim so that about 1/2" gap is left to install the small "coupler"
When installing the trim into the rubber, I used Dawn dish soap again on the rubber.
Next I lubricated the slot for the parachute cord.
Insert the cord so that it goes all the way around the rubber and overlaps at the bottom
Place the glass in the opening and with one person on the outside and one inside, pull the rubber lip over the flange on the body. Outside person is holding the glass from shifting, not pushing. Try to keep it even by working a little towards one side and then doing the same movement to the opposite side. You will end at the top center.
My wife and I accomplished this and I'm really happy with the results!
By the way, I re-used the glass. Front windshield has some "patina", but overall it is in very nice shape and is a SIGLA windshield with tint. However, I believe it is a replacement unit based on the stamping shown in the photo.
Here is a shot of me in the parachute jump.
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