OK, I started the tear-down of my coupe. I pulled the motor over the weekend with no problems, except finiding a nice mouse house inside the bell housing. Luckily, I haven't seen any of the little buggers.
Last night I decide to start removing all of the parts necessary to tackle the cowl repair that is desperatley needed. I start with removing the exterior molding, getting some of the clips was a royal PITA as this car sat oustide under a pine tree for many years. So, the moldings come off with no damage. I clean around the windshield gasket with an old screwdriver to get all of the shrubs out.
Now, I need a beverage........ ( Lesson # 1 - don't drink and remove glass.......ever )
Next, I start to pry the window out..........I started very carefully in one corner prying gently beneath the gasket attempting to take the gasket and windshield out at the same time. The gasket starts moving slowly away from the sheetmetal. - Background, I've butchered a little of bodywork on one car to date, but I has a side business doing home repairs so I figure a window is a window - right!! I continue slowly moving along the top and sides of the window making good progress. Having never removed a windshield before, I figure I'm almost home free and start getting comfortable doing this job ( lesson # 2 - don't get comfortable or cocky )
Now I start giving a little more leverage on the lower corner on the passenger side......POP! - ( lesson # 3 - it is important to remove the upper dash pad trim PRIOR to attempting to remove the windshield )
Now.......aaaaaaaaauuuuuggh, all I could do was look at my crack in digust (in the windshield that is).
So, I remove the upper dash pad trim, and the windshield came right out.........I hope to remember this when I remove the back window.
I hope this amused you veterans, and gave some help to other noobs.
Where's my beer?