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Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by GEmering » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:20 pm

I have not tried to raise the upper windshield on the 1913 Touring that I purchased last summer.
I’ve oiled the hinges with Kroil and let them sit for a few days.
Does anyone out there have a similar set up?
I do not want to force anything.

Thank you,
Gene
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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by GEmering » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:22 pm

Dang sideways photos!
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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by John iaccino » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:03 pm

try loosening the center screw. This will give you a little more motion without the hinge binding.


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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by Scott_Conger » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:10 pm

John gives good advice

now for a little more advice:

1. have two people raise it the first time; lifting a tight windshield by only one corner, on an early car is a nearly guaranteed cracked glass
2. Always raise or lower the windshield from the CENTER once it is free enough to be manipulated
3. Never allow passengers to touch the windshield or use it as leverage or support when getting in or out; see #1.
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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by GEmering » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:28 pm

Once working well, is it necessary to loosen/tighten with a screwdriver when changing position from up to down or visa versa?
Or does that larger nut (for lack of a better term) on the inside loosen and tighten the windshield?


Thank you, John and Scott, for the other valuable tips.

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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by John iaccino » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:04 pm

Once the hinge is freed up, you will be able to adjust the tightness of the hinge with the center screw. Should be tight enough to prevent the wind from pushing the windshield yet loose enough to open and close the windshield.

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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by GEmering » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:32 pm

Thank you John
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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by modeltbarn » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:44 pm

What Scott said about not lifting from the corner is very real..... don't ask me how I know.....


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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by Norman Kling » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:34 pm

I agree with Scott. it applies to all windshields. We were working on a 1920 and put in new glass in the windshield. The owner wanted to put it down so we could drive into the garage. Unfortunately he pulled on one corner and broke the glass! Brand new! I am sorry it happened, but am sure glad it was not me who broke it!
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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by Norman Kling » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:34 pm

I agree with Scott. it applies to all windshields. We were working on a 1920 and put in new glass in the windshield. The owner wanted to put it down so we could drive into the garage. Unfortunately he pulled on one corner and broke the glass! Brand new! I am sorry it happened, but am sure glad it was not me who broke it!
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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by Allan » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:56 pm

Half the problem is the use of laminated glass. The two thin sheets making up the lamination are not very tough. The original 1/4" plate glass is far tougher, but hardly safe. When I first restored my 1915 tourer, I had new toughened glasses made. They were good, until both broke on a national tour, and we had to pick thousands of bits out of clothing, upholstery etc. On tour, the only replacements available were laminated glass, so all the precautions advocated here became the norm when folding it.

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Re: Raising The Upper Windshield 1913 Touring

Post by Original Smith » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:55 am

Both of my '13s have Rand's windshields. They have a stud that goes through to the end with a cotter pin hole for a castle nut, which enables the owner to adjust the tension on the spring. The nuts are brass plated steel. I like to use a brass cotter pin for these.

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