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Hello! Got a huge shock when a bit of rock cracked the screen the other day right in front of my face. Can anyone help with:

1. Where can I get a replacement windscreen and how much?
2. How the heck do I remove the old screen and fit the new?

I spoke to Autow/screens who had no clue and said they couldn't get a replacement anyway, so I suppose I'm on my own.

I've borrowed a copy of the Spider 1986 workshop manual and have read through and photocopied the screen replacement section for reference. I'm confused about the 2 bits of string.. any clues as to what this is about???

Don't wanna end up with the old one out and I can't get the new one in y'see... so if any of you chaps and chapesses have actually done this job yourselves could you let me know what I'm in for?

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Bruce
 

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Have you got comprehensive insurance cover? If so, ring your insurer and get them to sort it. It'll only cost you the excess and they can do the running around sourcing one.

If you don't and you're paying yourself, we can get windscreens for Spiders, if fact we've just supplied one. I'm a bit surprised that Autoglass couldn't get one, we can even get screens for fifties Giuliettas, it's not rocket science!

Best bet would be to find a local windscreen fitter who's willing to take on the job, then we can get one delivered to him/you for fitment. Price is around £140 to £180 plus VAT depending on tint required (or not).

Email us at [email protected] if you're interested.
 

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Hello Mound Dawg

My insurance doesn't cover this and I need to do this on a budget, so...

assuming I buy one from you, can anyone tell me from experience what special tools (if any) I need to do the job, how to fit it and what the two bits of string are all about please?

Ta very much
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I've fitted screens myself in the past. The idea of the piec of string is that you fit this into the rubber channel that fits into the surround then with the screen in place (fit the bottom into the surround) then you pull the string and it peels the edge of the rubber over the lip fitting it neatly into place.




Yeah, right.

Never made it work, I always used a screwdriver to lift the edge of the seal over the lip.

Best bet is to go to a screen company and ask the guys there if they fancy fitting it as a "fiddle" for you.
 

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Hahaaaaaaaaaaaaah :lol:

Love it! :thumbs:

Funny thing is I now remember doing this with my Mark 1 Escort with the string all the way around and lots of washing up liquid in the windscreen rubber. The Spider workshop manual confused the heck out of me by talking about 2 bits of string. Having read your post and re-read the manual I'm up to speed.

All I need now is a spare £180 for the screen..... :rolleyes:

... and some of they suckery things for holding onto glass like Tom Cruise...

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I agree with Jim mound dawg. Get the screen from Alfaholics, get Paisley Freight to collect and deliver, (£25.00 24hr from Bristol to Glasgow for my screen) and try Strathclyde Windscreens if you can't fit it yourself. Either that or if you're no too far away I can maybe help you coz I did mine just then, using the combined "silicone string, silicone lube and flat yet pointy thing with rounded edges" method...

I did mine coz i wanted to learn and i try and do as much as I can myself. Not a lot of fun that screen job though.... Looks more simple than it actually is.

You can get suction cups from a DIY store for a few quid. Save you dropping the screen on your front bodywork coz it's a pig to hold without suction cups and handles.

PM me if you're interested.

Alternatively you could "up" your insurance cover level to include the screen then use that a wee while after???.... :confused: no???? Would that not be the cheapest method of all????
 

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Hi there again

Got the screen in following tifosi's guidance thank you very much, but what a hard job that is!!!!!!!!!!!

Have now sold the spider and am on the look out for a better replacement, thanks for all your help anyway
 
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