The front and rear windows are still not installed in my '65.
I have decided to give up on all the window glass assholes around here. Either they do not show up for appointments, do not return calls or do not give me the impression that they know a flying f...art about what they are doing. I actually pissed me off that Stingray Customs who painted the car, removed the windshield, and then did not know how to re-install it. He referred me to an installer who never showed or returned calls.
Sooooo, January 23rd, the '65 goes back up to Charleston SC to Jamison's Custom Corvette for the front and rear window installation.
Talked with Kerry and I like the way they do it, and it is obvious they have installed hundreds of these before. In a nut shell, he instructed me to buy an American made clip set, not the Chinese junk most places sell. I was pretty sure the ones I have are American made, but since I was not positive, I bought another set. I found them on Corvette Central, specifically Made in USA clips. They cost a bit more, but Kerry says they are worth it as they do not deform if you need to remove the molding for any reason, a problem that exists with the cheap ones.
First they install the clips, then they install all the molding and do what they need to do to ensure it all fits. Then they remove the top and 2 upper corner moldings, leaving the bottom moldings in place, but only snap the bottom moldings into the first snap in position in the clips (each clip has 2 snap in positions, one shallow for alignment and a second deeper one for retention). Then the windshield goes in. This method of leaving the lower moldings clipped in place insures the bottom of the windshield gasket does not move down too low which can prevent the lower moldings from going back into the clips. They have seen this issue before! Then after the windshield is installed and verified not to have any leaks, all the moldings are re-installed and snapped fully into the second clip position.
I will be dropping the car off and leaving it, and returning home until he calls for me to come and get it, which will probably be the following weekend.
I do not know what the bill will be, but I do not care at this point, and I do know he will treat me fair and I totally trust their work.
Also, he has put my '68 on his calendar for the first week of April to complete all the remaining body work and put it in primer-sealer. I will then bring it back to Florida to allow the fiberglass work to shrink (if it is going to), and take it back to them for final paint. It will go up without the engine and drive train, and I will be installing the new 454 and transmission after it comes back but before paint.
Hopefully, 2021 will see the end in sight for both cars.