I have a 68 convertible and the windshield frame is leaning back about 1 1/2 degrees, which creates a problem with the door windows lining up. I have heard that this is pretty common with older convertibles, that they have a tendency to creep back over the years. What is the best way to fix this problem? Can I do it myself fairly easily, by removing the windshield and using a winch or come-a-long and straps.
bob, sounds like you may have a sagging problem.what kind of shape are your inner rockers in.this is what helps keep a conv intact.if they have heavy rust in them they will let the car sag as it don,t have a top to strength the body.i would check these,there,s no reason your windshield should just to start to lean back.
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I totally agree with Hideaway. I have never heard of the windshield starting to lean back unless from some collision. Don't bend it out!! Check the rockers/floors/frame etc first! I am not saying it's impossible for the windshield to be out of whack, but it is very, very unusual and I doubt it is where the problem lies.
If you fix it don't winch it back into position. The problem would be that the car is folding, sinking in the middle. You would need to jack the car up in the middle to correct it then fix whatever the reason why it sank while its in the correct position. In other words reverse the proceedure of what made this happen to begin with. If you winch the window area back you will correct your window alignment problem but not the sagging problem that created it. Suggest some type of frame connectors once its fixed right
Just to follow up, to make sure it is a sagging problem (which I'm sure it is) lift the entire car off the ground and place floor jack support near the middle of the car and put the weight onto them. Now check the window area, chances are it will be leaning too far out. Even after you correct what we believe is a inner rocker rust problem, these old converts still flex plenty, so the subframe connectors and solid convert plate (which should already be on your car) are a must.