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    Someone shattered my passenger side window in my 85 5.0 and I can't figure out how to get the old window out to get a new one in. HELP


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    Quote Originally Posted by btwodu View Post
    Someone shattered my passenger side window in my 85 5.0 and I can't figure out how to get the old window out to get a new one in. HELP

    Get one at junkyards for a couple of bucks...

    To put out the old window just pull out the door inner panel, and check for a nuts retaining Your window, one on near front of the door, and other near rear of the door, In My 1985 Bird I have a holes in the door frame to put a box to unbolt that, remove Your window by the upper side of the door frame, and reverse to install, this is a 15-20 minutes job...

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    *EDIT* I didn't see in your post whether this was the door glass or the quarter window glass. My post below applies to quarter window glass.

    In the 87-88 you'll have to remove the interior panel to get at the nuts that hold the window in. There are about 8 nuts around the circumference of the glass. You'll also need to remove a couple of screws that retain the rubber weatherstrip where the door closes against it. Then you'll have to very carefully pry out on the window glass while cutting the rubber sealer that Ford put between the glass and body (since your window is broken you don't have to be particularly careful, but if you're taking another window out of a car you will be, because of course you don't want to break it). Once the window is out remove ALL old sealant from the body and the new window (should pull right off, but can be tedious), clean it with alcohol or some other high strength cleaner, and apply new sealer before bolting the new window in
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    I'm not good in English, but I understaded the DOOR window, not a side quarter window...

    Probably My mistake...

    Sorry!,
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    Thanks a bunch. It is the door window and not the side. I'll tackle this one the minute I find a window.

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    You'll also need to remove the inner window trim (long black trim that runs the length of the window on the upper door).It has two screws holding it in.If you can pull the replacement widow yourself,that would be a good time for you to see what you're doing,and get a little practice before tackling the job.It's easy,and like stated above,shouldn't take more than 15 or 20 minutes.Be careful pulling the door panel off.If you haven't done it before,there are a few screws,and a few push pin retainers for the bottom and side of the inner door panel.
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    there aint no nuts holding the window in
    there is no need to remove any trim to replace the window

    find all the fasteners holding the door panel on and remove them
    pry out the section of glass in the two window cradles.

    activate window motor to move the two white holders up in lower half of the door so you can reach everything

    grease up the track and the two wheels
    add thin beed of lubricant to the tracks all the way up the sides of the door

    clean out the two holders then lay a beed of good rubber cement or the best money can buy silicone.

    slip window back in , align it and drop into holders

    roll window up and leave it there for however long it takes the silicone to dry.

    shop vac out the glass i suppose, or by hand.

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    If the replacement window already has the clips on it,then there are two nuts that hold the glass in,and if the clips are on the glass,the inner dew wipe will have to be removed in order to make room for the clips on the window to slide down into the door.Also,if the window was busted in the car,the clips will probably have to be removed in order to clean out the old adhesive and glass that is most likely still in it.
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    It's an '85 (read his user title)...it DOES have nuts holding the glass in. Earlier glass has two bolts through the bottom, and they bolt to the regulator. The 1987-88 door glass was attached with adhesive, yes. But there was NO ADHESIVE on the 1983-86 glass. Therefore it is much easier to replace and more securely attached than 1987-88 glass.

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    I decided to photograph both glass types so, once and for all, there is no more confusion.

    VIEW #1
    1987-88 glass at the top, 1983-86 glass at the bottom.
    Note the clips on the 1987-88 glass, the earmarked corner in the 1983-86 glass, and also the bump-out in the 1983-86 glass where the bolts go through the two plastic guards.


    VIEW #2
    Once again, 1987-88 on top, 1983-86 on bottom.


    VIEW #3
    A close-up of the 1983-86 glass. Again, there is a beveled corner and two offset holes in the plastic guards through which the bolts go.


    The 1987-88 glass goes about 2" down deeper into the door, and also has a much more rounded corner at the B-pillar. And obviously has clips. The 1983-86 glass doesn't.

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