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QUESTION: Can you recommend an efficient and easy was to install the rear window. The window fits into the gasket, however the gasket is extremely tight.  I have broken 2 windows trying to get them in.  Can I shave the gasket?  It only needs an 1/8th of an inch.  I am trying all.  Thank you

ANSWER: I have never had any success shaving window gaskets to make them fit. Is the gasket that you have a new one or the old one? A gasket should slide onto the glass snugly but without force. Steele Rubber Products (http://www.steelerubber.com/rear-window-weatherstrip-by-the-foot)sells window gasket material by the foot. I have used their products over the years and they work well. Now when using the by the foot gasket fit it around the glass and trim to fit with the joint at the bottom of the glass. Then once installed seal the joint with black RTV silicon.

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QUESTION: Thank you for your suggestion. It is a new gasket, one continuous piece and does fit snugly around the glass. I am inserting the glass, which is in the gasket,from the inside of the car(backseat)to the outside.  The gasket has a seal that when pushed in seals the outside of the rim of the window.   Thanks again Pat, 1934 Chevy Master

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Most glass that I have installed go in from the outside. I usually wrap twine in the groove that seals to the body. Put the ends of the twine at the bottom. Then place the bottom of the glass with the grove in place in the body opening and pulling the twine around to bring the sealing flap into the body. This is a two people job, one outside applying light pressure on the glass and one inside working the flap into place.

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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

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Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

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Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

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More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

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Moto Award winner. And much more.

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