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    Senior Member hippieman9's Avatar
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    My VIN:    06668 81' Grey interior, 5 speed, Grooved hood. Previous owner of 16301, in 2001.

    A pillar Repair

    So t reattach the A pillar trim, does the windshield have to come out? Is this glued right to the pillar? Or can i re-glue it and clamp it in place to fix it? IMG_4180.jpg

    I wasn't sure if this clips in like newer vehicles or is a glue in piece.

    Thanks!

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    Senior Member DMC5180's Avatar
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    The original trim is glued to the A pillar before the windshield is installed. So, technically if you want to look original you would need to have the glass removed and hope it doesnít break in the process. However, if the glass is already cracked especially near the mirror mount , then fixing the A pillars at that time is a no brainer.

    Their is an alternate method, that doesnít require windshield removal, but it requires using the replacement Fiberglass A pillar covers. They donít warp with heat.


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    Senior Member hippieman9's Avatar
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    My VIN:    06668 81' Grey interior, 5 speed, Grooved hood. Previous owner of 16301, in 2001.

    Quote Originally Posted by DMC5180 View Post
    The original trim is glued to the A pillar before the windshield is installed. So, technically if you want to look original you would need to have the glass removed and hope it doesnít break in the process. However, if the glass is already cracked especially near the mirror mount , then fixing the A pillars at that time is a no brainer.

    Their is an alternate method, that doesnít require windshield removal, but it requires using the replacement Fiberglass A pillar covers. They donít warp with heat.


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    Gotcha, So are the originals attached with clips? I don't wanna pry on it or anything because I can live with the slight separation for now .

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    Senior Member DMC5180's Avatar
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    No clips, the backing piece just sits there, and is held in place with the glued vinyl too the A-pillar and also glued and wrapped under the inner door seal.


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    Just resurrecting this but has any one had any success in the exact same example in finding a bloody strong adhesive (Hysol?) and re-gluing it without removing the windshield? Doing that is not an option for me because if the windshield breaks I have no way of getting another

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    I fixed mine with some clear general purpose silicone adhesive caulking. Took a flexible plastic drinking straw and cut it in half. Then shoved one end on the gun and the other end between the glass and trim. Then had a helper squeeze the caulking gun while I directed the silicone through the straw. Put some clamps on to cure overnight. Fixed.

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    Senior Member Rich's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonty View Post
    ....Doing that is not an option for me because if the windshield breaks I have no way of getting another
    Looks like you have an option that doesn't call for windshield replacement. Good luck with your fix.

    Writing this only to mention there are reproduction windshields available from DMC if not also from others.
    March '81, 5-speed, black interior

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    Thanks all - I know there are replacement screens from DMC but the cost to ship them to internationally is astronomical.

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