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I needed to replace passenger side Qtr window seal on my '83. I used the post below (and others for reference to get started) but discovered there's a little more to it then removing plastic trim & the window clamps (because you cant get to one of them easily).
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I'll attempt to document the process I used (go easy on the rookie posting).
  • Remove plastic trim as noted
  • Window clamps #1, 2 & 3 can be easily accessed (7mm), but not the case with #4
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- To access retaining clamp #4: ref pic below
~ Pull back weather strip carefully (#1)
~ Remove 3 screws that secure trim piece #2, carefully pull it away from the window frame (it has adhesive in addition to the 3 screws). I only pulled it out enough to access the two screws
~ Now window clamp screws (#3) can be removed
~ Remove window trim on front, three plastic clips hold it in place - go easy, these are hard to find
~ Remove two small trim screws (#5) which retain the back window trim

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Window trim
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- Now the messy part, use a long utility knife blade (or equivalent), to remove as much adhesive as you can in order to loosen the window. Once loose, push window to the inside to remove.

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- With glass removed, from the inside - remove the two screws that hold the seal in place

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That's all there is to it (other than the clean up for re-install)! May have Safelite install the glass when the time comes.
Hope this helps,
Gabe
 

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Nice job! It doesn't look like yours was leaking much prior to replacing the seals. When I did mine I found a few good sized rust holes hidden where water had gotten in. So long as you use a good window sealant, it isn't hard to reinstall the glass.
 

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Nice job! It doesn't look like yours was leaking much prior to replacing the seals. When I did mine I found a few good sized rust holes hidden where water had gotten in. So long as you use a good window sealant, it isn't hard to reinstall the glass.
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Thanks. Mine wasn't leaking past the glass at all, but had some surface rust under the seal (passenger side). The drivers side looks as new. Have Safelite coming tomorrow to repair a windshield chip & I'm going to try and talk them into hooking me up with some sealant for the quarter glass. If not, I'll find some elsewhere and do it myself. Gabe
 

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Can anyone advise what sealant they've used to reinstall glass? I see 3M 08612 Window Weld Round Ribbon Sealer 3/8" x15' but has mixed reviews,. I like the notion of a preformed ribbon. What I removed was some nasty stuff.
 

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Gabe your right about the three plastic clips.I looked hi and low for these clips.6 are required. Found them on Overstock! I think I got the last new ones in existence. 😮
 

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Ended up installing the qtr glass myself. Used a bead of this around the circumference and two at the bottom.
Was pretty easy to work with.
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