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If anyone is looking for OEM quality Detomaso Windshields and rubber gaskets please visit our website www.mrfiat.com

The windshields are made in Scandinavia with sanded edges and original thickness. For concourse quality restorations.
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Last edited by George P
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For gluing rubber - in aerospace, we used instant-bond Superglue to build big o-rings - use a fresh cut on both surfaces to be stuck together, as a cut rubber surface seems to build an oxide layer after a short time. This degrades bond strength. Other glues will require some sort of clamp or fixture.

Superglue doesn't seem to spread well after putting the parts together, so coat 100% of the contact area with a thin layer of adhesive before bonding. Not only will the glued jint be stronger, there will be no little openings to leak rainwater.

In building 10-ft OD rocket booster o-rings, we used a brand new x-acto blade each time. Rubber is abrasive... If you google 'McMaster-Carr', they have several actual kits for building o-rings this way, including a square-cutting fixture, single-edge razor blades, superglue and a few feet of o-ring stock. Making the ends absolutely square is important to avoid a twist in the glued part. Practice a few times before gluing an expensive part. You can often cut the thing apart ONCE and redo things.

Fabricated rubber pieces that are used as stationary seals work well. For o-rings that have to move and seal, it's trickier because the glued point is less flexible than the rest. I once modified a Camaro clutch master cylinder with a glued-together secondary o-ring in a piston slot I machined myself, because the piston was an odd size and the OEM seal was an inadequate cup type- just like the Pantera. Worked fine at a clutch's low operating pressure.

Mr Fiat is pretty proud of their windshields, are these really the only oem quality on the market?

I purchased Pantera windshield rubbers from Roland before he closed shop, they do away wit the trim and look more modern without going to a full glue in windshield.

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