(from the “Vanman”)

I needed to refit the rear windows on my Van after its respray.

So I first ordered some new Van rear door window rubber which is available off the roll from the
Club Spares Dept, item number BT69

To start, take one van rear door glass, the rubber seal, a plastic coated cable and a tin of Swarfega.

Lay the glass on a flat surface and put the rubber seal around the glass. Do not stretch the rubber. Cut to the required length and remember to always put the joint at the top.If you are using a sealant it is best to apply it now.

Place the plastic coated cable in the outer groove on the rubber leaving two ends sticking out. Lightly cover the rubber and cable with Swarfega.
Get an assistant to hold the glass in position from inside the door with gentle but firm pressure.

 Carefully pull the cable towards you making sure it doesn’t tear into the rubber and that the rubber comes over the lip in the door. Do this until halfway round, and then pull the other end of cable out until they meet at the top. It’s best not to rush this part and you may find you need a couple of attempts. Don’t be tempted to use screwdrivers or you may tear the rubber or scratch the glass.

The window is now fully fitted. Here it is with the one we did earlier.

 Well I found these really easy to fit and they look the part too. Original rubbers were one piece, but are impossible to find now. So these make up rubbers are the only alternative available. I used quite a thick plastic coated wire because it does not cut into the rubbers. In the absence of professional tools the cable is a good alternative as is the Swarfega but any slippery liquid that does not affect paint would do.Definitely worth buying the rubber and refitting the windows, if your rubbers are perished.Advice as always from me, The “Vanman” or the other tech advisors, phone numbers in the Who’s Who at the front of the Club Magazine.

Article © Copyright 2009 – the “Vanman”

What the “Ford Professionals” Say

Ford Anglia Workshop Manual

Issued by Service Publications – Ford of Britain
Printed in January 1973
OP M 1073-A Rear Door Window Glass or Weatherstrip – Remove and Install (Van)

To Install

3. Fit the weatherstrip to the glass and insert a length of cord in the rubber to body groove of the weatherstrip, so that the cord ends emerge, at the bottom centre and overlap for aproximately 6 inches.

Thread the cord through a length of ¼ in tube. Draw the tube round the weatherstrip groove, allowing the cord to pass through the tube and remain in the groove.
If necessary the weatherstrip may temporarily be secured to the glass by short lengths of masking tape stuck over the weatherstrip and secured to both sides of the glass.

4. Using a sealer gun fitted with a 1/8 in diameter bore swan-necked nozzle, insert the nozzle tip between the weatherstrip and glass on the outside of the glass. Apply suitable semi-liquid sealer between the glass and rubber all round the window. In a similar manner, apply a continuous bead of sealer to the rubber to body face of the weatherstrip.

5. Offer the glass and fitted weatherstrip to the body from within the van, ensuring that the cord ends are outside the door. Maintain light pressure on the glass from inside the van and from the outside commence to pull out the draw-cord, pulling always towards the centre of the glass.

6. Remove any masking tape used to secure the weatherstrip to the glass, one piece at a time, immediately before the weatherstrip lip is positioned over the aperture flange in that location. At the same time, maintain a light pressure on the glass.
Upon reaching the top centre of the window, start pulling out the other end of the cord, repeating the operation.

7. When the cord has been completely withdrawn, gently tap the weatherstrip with a rubber mallet to obtain a satisfactory seating of the glass and weatherstrip.

8. Clean off any surplus sealing material

Warning – The Health and Safety bit

Please note your health may be at risk if you do not take sensible safety precautions. Never work under an unsupported vehicle, do not take shortcuts. If you feel that the task is beyond your capabilities, then employ the services of a trained professional. The Ford Anglia 105E Owners Club nor the author cannot be held responsible for any accidents or injury arising from advice given on this webpage. Safety advice can be obtained from the RoSPA. The advice and opinions given are purely those of the author and not necessarily those of the Ford Anglia 105E Owners Club.