Windshield Replacement And Window Chrome Install On My 1963 Ragtop Beetle

Thursday, 05/17/2012
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install

The original windshield of my '63 Bug had some bubbling of the laminate material inside (as you can see in the pictures below), which looked really bad in my opinion. So I decided to replace it and to also install the chrome molding around it. I got all the replacement parts from my local VW parts supply shop, McNab Foreign Car. The job was pretty straight forward. I did watch a couple of how-to videos beforehand, which I've posted on my Volkswagen videos website.

The old windshield broke because I applied too much pressure while trying to removing it without cutting the old rubber seal, which was in pretty good shape so I wanted to see if I could save it for someone else that might need it. I ended up cutting it anyways and removed the windshield as usual. This was my second time doing this, the first time was on the '72 bug I used to have.

Putting the chrome trim into the rubber seal was really tough, I had to use some grease to make it easier for it to go in. I finally managed to finish before my hands and fingers were too tired.

Installing the windshield (or any of the windows) really requires two people to do it properly. One pulls on the string that goes inside the rubber seal, and the other gently taps down on the windshield to help it fit right into the frame.

Here are a few good videos on how to remove/replace the windshield and install the window chrome trim. A must see if you're doing these for the first time. Enjoy!

  1. VW Beetle Bug - How to Remove Windows
  2. VW Beetle Bug - How to Install Windows
  3. VW Beetle Windshield Install
  4. VW Beetle Bug How to Install Window Seal & Chrome
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install
VW Beetle Windshield Replacement and Window Chrome Install

Comments

Submitted by Jim. Royal palm... on

Hi, here's my comment...HELP!! I have a 64 bug and I need some mechanical work done to it and I can't find a sole to help me. It was my daily driver until 6 months ago. There is something wrong with the shifting. I took the cover off from under the back seat and theres a lot of play in the rods or shafts or whatever it's called. A mechanic I'm not. I also have an oil leak the oozes into the well where the generator belt is cut out on the bottom. Anyway, I can't find where to bring my car. Can someone please contact me to help me find a place to bring my car. Thanks, Jim. Royal palm beach fl. 561 603-4727

Submitted by ragtopluis on

Jim! Sounds like you need help from Bruce at McNab Foreign Car in Pompano Beach. He is the best around. I know it's a little far from Royal Palm Beach, but I think it's worth it if you can drive the bug down. I don't know of anyone else in your neck of the woods. I hope you get that '64 fixed soon.

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