May 12, 2013

Fitting the windows in the Volvo 122S

Fitting the windshield and rear window is a job for 2 people. You can do it alone but it's way harder.
So on a sunny Saturday morning Myk rocked up to help. First we cleaned the windows and checked which way around the rubber seals had to go.
If you take a closer look at the rubber seals you'll see one slot on the inside that goes over the body flange, one slot on the outside for the window and finally one slot on the outside for the chrome/alu trim.
The rear window was still the original one and is made of toughend glass which is stronger than the front window that was once replaced for a laminated one. We started with fitting the new rubber seal around the rear window.  Because the rear window has strong curves it was hard to keep the rubber in place so we used some masking tape. 


Fitting the rubber seal around the rear window of the Volvo Amazon
Fitting the rubber seal around the rear window

After the seal was finally in place around the window we applied Sikaflex 227 sealant between the window and the rubber seal. When fitting the window with rubber in the window frame the lip on the inside of the seal has to fall over the window flange, this is a very fiddly job but luckily there's a nice trick that will make the job a lot easier. Just take a nylon cord/washing line and put this in the slot all the way round. Leave the two ends hanging out at the center of the bottom of the window. Lift the windscreen in position and while one person is holding the window in place the other person is inside the car and is slowly pulling the string out which will pull the rubber lip over the flange. Work evenly on both sides, around 10-15 cm at a time. When the window bottom is seated the outsider can move the window so it's right in the middle of the window frame. The corners are a bit harder and you have to be really careful not to cut the rubber seal with the string. We used some thinned dishing soap to make it a bit easier. 10 minutes later the rear window was in place. 

Rear window Volvo Amazon fitted with a the help of a washing line
Rear window Volvo 122S fitted with the help of a washing line

To make sure it's water tight I laid a bead of sealant between the body and rubber seal the next day. I used some masking tape to keep the body clean and scratch free.


Masking tape to keep the body clean and scratch free
Masking tape to keep the body clean and scratch free

Putting Sikaflex 227 sealant between the body and rubber window seal
Putting Sikaflex 227 sealant between the body and rubber window seal

The front windshield was even easier to fit because it's not as round as the rear window.


Fitted windshield  with new rubber seal Volvo Amazon
Fitted windshield  with new rubber seal Volvo 122S

Fitting the side window is a bit different. I also used a string to pull the lip over the window flange. But this time I started by holding the rigid rubber seal (there's some kind of metal frame inside the rubber) on the inside of the car and pulled the string towards me while standing on the outside. 

Rigid seal side window Volvo Amazon
Rigid seal rear side window Volvo 122S

Fitting a string in the slot of the rubber window seal Volvo Amazon
Fitting a string in the slot of the window seal

Fitting seal rear side window Volvo 122S
Moving the seal in the right position

Using the trick with the washing line
Using the trick with the washing line

Seal back in place
Seal back in place
When the rubber seal is in place it will take only a couple of minutes to put back the window with the 4 bolts and 2 screws.

Rear side window fitted - Volvo Amazon 1969
Window fitted
Done. Next thing to do is fitting the trim in the rubber seal around the windows...



2 comments:

  1. A single lip seal can play an important role in two directions' seal and is applicable for different seal media such as oil, water, gas, chemical medium and other mixed media.

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  2. I need to replace the lip seal, I think this article will help me

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