Hey, a little update on the rear window install...I had the day off yesterday so, bearing in mind all the good advice, and feeling bold, I got into it and voila.............yep all done! No problems worries or concerns. I took a few photos which I will post but in essence the job took two hours and basically went without a hitch.
Allen key to undo the screws at the bottom of the rear window frame
That was all I needed
What I did:
* Put the roof half down
* Upzipped the old window
* Pushed up the bottom of the window frame and unscrewed the screws with my Allen key. None of these were jammed up so it was easy
* Removed the old window
* Zip in the new window - make sure the correct side is facing out. It is the one that has velcro facings on each end.
Now the tricky bit...
* Re-insert the screws. I started in the centre and worked outwards. The bottom of my new window already had holes aligned to the screw holes on the frame so I had no problems however if your new window has no holes in the lower edge I suggest you use the old window frame as a template and, as others have said here, use a leather punch to create small screw holes.
The outer screws, at either end are bi-atches because you must align the new window with the corner tabs from the main roof cover before you then manage to align and tighten the screw into its hole. Patience is a virtue and probably essential to retain your sanity at this stage...not that sanity is necessarily valued in the Alfa Romeo community...
Anyway, once screwed in you can walk around for hours, if not days, with an enormous smile and inner glow of satisfaction from once again outsmarting the Alfa Maintenance genie.
Even if Larry and the Oracle crew beat your boat in the Americas Cup, the replacement of your Spider rear window will help to ease the pain.
I have posted a few photos on my profile.
Last edited by siezmic; 27-09-13 at 23:40.