1. We had already removed the windshield with a utility knife in order to pull our dash f
2. To install the clips, we drilled holes for the clip retaining screws in the windshield
3. (A) When we ordered our weatherstripping from Layson's Restorations, we also ordered
3. (B) From these two clips we placed the rest about 10 inches apart.
The windshields in vintage Mopars are made of a thin sheet of plastic sandwiched between two pieces of glass, creating "safety glass." This construction prevents the glass from shattering. Instead, the plastic retains the glass fragments.
Over time, windshields sometimes "fog" or whiten around the edges--a result of the two pieces of glass separating and pulling on the plastic. This haze not only detracts from the looks of your Mopar, the separation eventually causes the glass to lose its safety properties.
The windshield in our Valiant had not only separated, but dirt and debris had begun to fill the void. In 1967, Chrysler used a one-piece weatherstrip that surrounded the glass and was retained by a locking strip that, when inserted into the rubber, would expand the rubber to effectively seal the glass-to-body mating surface. The problem is no one makes the locking strip anymore, and our locking strip was junk. Most of it was missing, and the rest was in little pieces.
Since Project Valiant Effort will not be treated to a concours resto, we decided to install weatherstripping and the stainless trim from a '69 Dart. The problems were the absence of clips to retain the trim and, well . . . where do you find a cheap windshield for a '67 Valiant? The weatherstrip and trim was acquired from Layson's Restorations. For the windshield, we found a tinted piece snagged from a '65 Valiant sedan at a salvage yard for $60. Since the rubber weatherstrip will not, by itself, seal the windshield, we bought a tube of windshield sealant from the local parts store to help plug the gaps.