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Rear window frames – replacing

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  • LagerLager
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    Hi,

    I think that you all know those rear window frames that are always rusty. I have stainless steel frames that I would like install. How big job it is to replace these frames? I think that you have to remove the back seat and the side panels? How hard it is tho remove them and how to remove them?

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    Thanks!
    -Mika

     

    Johan VlagsmaJohan Vlagsma
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    Hi Mika, I did them and it is not particularly difficult, just a lot of careful work, here are pictures: http://780coupe.com/forums/topic/hi-from-the-netherlands/#post-12202

     

    LagerLager
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    Hi Johan,

    Thanks for your reply! Do you remember how to remove the backseat and the side panels? Did you remove anything else?

    Is it necessary to replace any rubber parts?

    Johan VlagsmaJohan Vlagsma
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    All from memory: For the back seat, push the seat into the back and then pull the front up, it unhooks at the front. For the back rest, fold away the hooks. These are plain visible when the seat is out. Then unhook the back rest pushing it up. I think the shelf needs to go also (not sure what it is called proper in English). The cladding at the B post needs to go (undo seat belt etc), the cladding above and behind the side window need to go, then the side panels can go. Most of the panels are held in place by clips. I hate clips, they always break with me šŸ˜‰ By this time you can remove the damp barrier and get access to where the window frame is held in place. Remove the window+frame by gently pushing it inwards after undoing all the screws (9 or so for the window). The rest will be obvious once you get there. The way back is the reverse. Good luck and have fun! Perhaps you can take some more foto’s, always appreciated.

    LagerLager
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    Thanks! So you have to remove the whole window? Do you need to replace any seals etc.?

    Johan VlagsmaJohan Vlagsma
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    The window is in a steel frame and the frame is screwed to the body so yes, it comes away in one piece. I didn’t need to replace any seals or anything. I do remember the window frame has a snug fit into the cars body, a bit of push is needed and care not to pop it out suddenly and breaking it. It might also be easy to lever it out with a screwdriver, that way you’re on the side where the window comes out and can catch it. (more difficult to write it up than to do, it will be obvious). I would plan about 6 to 8 hours for the job and do it indoors. Oh, before I forget, while everything is open check the drainage hoses. Make sure they are not clogged and don’t leak to the inside of the car. Also check drainage holes in the bottom of the space and vacuum away any rust that may have gathered there.

    LagerLager
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    Hi johan!

    Thank you very much! So I should see the drainage hoses after I have removed the panels etc. ?

    Dn010dn010
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    You will have access to the drain hoses that attach to the rear of the sunroof assembly. From what I remember the hosesĀ have a nasty black adhesive sticking them to the body and that stuff gets everywhere so try not to touch it. The above advice is good, but be extra cautious when removing the trim panels, at this age the plastic is brittle and may crack. The best thing to do is run a wire (old hanger) down the drain from the sunroof assembly, then you are sure to get any collected debris down and out.

    DaviesDavies
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    Jonas’ article is now posted on the site!

    Thanks for your hard work putting this article together on theĀ Side Window Frame Renovation for 780

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