WINDSCREEN & FRAME
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.