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How to replace the rear window in a factory hardtop

maxwedge5281

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recently purchased bn6 just arrived yesterday. a bit of sorting to do but i am looking for advice or suggestions on how to replace a rather cloudy rear window screen and gasket. any help or advice is appreciated. i will probably purchase the parts from nical engineering unless the parts are available stateside.
 

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Re: how to replace rear screen in a facory hardtop

I seem to be unable to attach the file I found when looking for info on restoring a hardtop, but when taking about the rear window it was mentioned that the replacement may not exactly match the original. Some trimming might be needed. Otherwise it should be similar to replacing any automotive glass.

Do buy new seals. I bought all of my parts from AH Spares. I have not begun the re-assembly process yet.
 

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Re: how to replace rear screen in a facory hardtop

The screens are all slightly oversize so they can be cut to fit each individual hardtop. You may need to make a template, we did when I replaced mine. It can be a real PITA and is a two man job.
 

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Re: how to replace rear screen in a facory hardtop

IIRC, Lin had a write up on restoring a hardtop. Don't remember if it included a new rear window.
 

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Re: how to replace rear screen in a facory hardtop

Here is the link to Lin’s article. I will be referring to this when installing the rear window in my Pete Farmer Works Type Hardtop on my BN1. Although this does not use the same rear window seal as the factory hardtops for the 100/6 and 3000s there are sure to be some useful tips.

http://www.healey6.com/Technical/LHRose Hardtop Restoration.pdf

For those of you not familiar with the Pete Farmer hardtops, this is the works style hardtop with optional scoop for BN1/BN2....
 

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Have you considered trying to clean the current one up with a plastic headlight polish/restoration kit? I seem to remember reading folks had good luck with those, and the kit should come with a UV protectant to apply afterwards.
 
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Yes, I have given that some thought and thought I might talk to some of the local detailers. I don’t relish the thought of dismantling the whole top, but may have to do that.
 
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Patrick67BJ8

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Yes, I have given that some thought and thought I might talk to some of the local detailers. I don’t relish the thought of dismantling the whole top, but may have to do that.
Search for a good Detailer in you area with recommendations. Very good products out there now! I hand buffed my soft tops rear window and it came out very good. If I had used my electric buffer it probably would have been excellent.
 
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