WIND­SCREEN & FRAME

Land Rover Monthly - - Lrm Technical -

There are good rea­sons for re­mov­ing the wind­screen and its frame. For one, the screen is chipped in two ar­eas and is scratched in sev­eral places. The chips may de­velop into cracks, or may fail a fu­ture MOT since one of them is in the line of vi­sion. And the screen rub­ber seal has per­ished in the usual way, split­ting badly at the cor­ners and let­ting wa­ter in, as is the seal be­tween the screen frame and bulk­head. Im­por­tantly, for the re­paint, tak­ing th­ese parts off means we get an orig­i­nal paint job along the bulk­head top and around the screen seal, with no mask­ing needed.

1It should be pos­si­ble to ease the seal away from the in­side of the frame, then gen­tly ap­ply pres­sure to dis­lodge the screen with seal.

2But ours cracked, prob­a­bly due to resid­ual stress from two stone chips, so Steve cut off the in­ter­nal lip of the seal to avoid more crack­ing.

3The screen with seal at­tached is lifted out for­wards. Re­mov­ing it means we get a good paint fin­ish up to and be­hind the new seal.

4To re­move the wind­screen frame, first the swing bolts at each side are re­leased af­ter soak­ing with pen­e­trat­ing oil and swung down.

5Th­ese socket-head bolts hold the swing bolt brack­ets to the bulk­head, and pass through the bulk­head to screw into the ex­ter­nal hinges.

6The frame can now be lifted off the bulk­head, and this will al­low the bulk­head top edge and un­der­side of the frame to be prop­erly painted.

7With the screen frame face down, the large crosshead screws hold­ing the top of the hinges to the frame are re­moved with an im­pact driver.

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