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  1. #11
    that locking flange seal looks alot like the 80's chevy windshield gasket, put alot of that in doing mine truck windows. first job out of highschool
    1980 2400 Cuddy I/O, 2017 Cummins 4BT coupled to a Volvo DP-SM with F9 Props, and a 2014 Mercury 15HP Pro-Kicker "LOOSE CHANGE"

  2. #12
    Yup pretty much the same thing. The old trucks would use a chrome locking strip for extra horsepower!

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by tylersmith View Post
    Yup pretty much the same thing. The old trucks would use a chrome locking strip for extra horsepower!
    That's because GM products need all the help they can get. ��
    "Joint Venture" 1978 28' twin 2017 Vortec roller cam 383/6.3L 350hp engines - You name it, I've either replaced it, restored it, rebuilt it or repaired it. That's my job now that I'm retired.

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill V View Post
    That's because GM products need all the help they can get. ��
    there is some truth to that, LOL
    1980 2400 Cuddy I/O, 2017 Cummins 4BT coupled to a Volvo DP-SM with F9 Props, and a 2014 Mercury 15HP Pro-Kicker "LOOSE CHANGE"

  5. #15
    Well I was able to finish the window install a week or so ago and I'm finally getting around to share the rest of the experience. One thing I noticed is the fiberglass varied in thickness from the side windows to the front. The window gasket I had was intended for 1/16 to 1/8 wall thickness. The side fiberglass was at or slightly thicker than 1/8. I could tell it was a snug fit.

    When I got ready to replace the front windows I was looking at the thickness and it ranged from a heavy 1/8 to almost 1/4 inch in spots. No way would the gasket fit over that. Next came about an hour inside the cuddy with my grinder and a 60 grit sanding disk.

    I then spent the next two hours on my knees on the bow wrestling in the last two windows. It was about 30 degrees out that day so a valuable tool was a heat gun to help flex the rubber. Easy on the heat though so as not to deform the rubber!

    We're I to do it over again I think I would pay to have the glass installed but I will say I'm pretty pleased with my results.

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    If you plan on doing this project go to harbor freight and pick up these so you don't break your new glass!

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    here is a before pic of the boat with the old aluminum windows.

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  6. #16
    Looks great Tyler, did you test the seal after with the water hose?
    1980 2400 Cuddy I/O, 2017 Cummins 4BT coupled to a Volvo DP-SM with F9 Props, and a 2014 Mercury 15HP Pro-Kicker "LOOSE CHANGE"

  7. #17
    Looks good Tyler, you may have found your calling
    "Joint Venture" 1978 28' twin 2017 Vortec roller cam 383/6.3L 350hp engines - You name it, I've either replaced it, restored it, rebuilt it or repaired it. That's my job now that I'm retired.

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    Looks fantastic, nice work!!!

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    Great upgrade! I’m tired of those dang windows all leaking on the Cardinal. I may do the same....
    -- Tim Taylor

    1979 Glasply 21-foot I/O Overnighter w/ 5.0L Volvo-Penta duoprop (Cardinal)
    1980 Glasply 19-1/2 foot hardtop cuddy w/ a fresh Mercruiser 470 (Chopstick)
    1980 Glasply 19-1/2 foot hardtop cuddy, soon to be with kf7gth (Chopstick II)
    1982 Glasply 16-foot runabout w/ 50hp Mercury OB (JV Junior)
    1986 Glasply 8-1/2 foot dinghy (presently unpowered & unnamed) SOLD!
    1978 Glasply 19-1/2 foot runabout w/ Mercruiser 470 (Beer Goggles)


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