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Bob's GERONIMO's windshield

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:11 am
by bobinpowayca
Howdy, well I guess I better call her "Bob's Geronimo", Matt! We're not alone out there.
I'm getting close to finishing, I've been working on the windshield - used the Lakeshore castings, had them chrome plated and the side grooves machined out so I could extend the windshield a couple inches higher. I screwed in the brackets using the smallest screws I could and made the templates out of some 1/8" foam art board, then used them to make 1/4" plywood templates, which I finished to fit as well as I could. Then I took the plywood templates to a glass company that's making 1/4" tempered glass pieces for me, with a single 1/2" bevel on each side so I can fit them into the side brackets.. I'll put it back together with larger screws. I'm worried that the side brackets have no side support, so instead of screwing them down I may use bolts with backer boards.
Today I'm picking up the glass and will get started. I would appreciate any advice anyone has regarding assembling the windshield. I have the rubber gasket for the windshield base, and the rubber gasket for where the sides fit into the brackets. I figure you just push the glass in and trim with a razor. I'm wondering what you used for a lubricant, I'm thinking just soapy water. But - what about something that would also serve as an adhesive to keep the glass int the grooves? Again, the side brackets are stood up by only 2 in-line screws and it seems likely it could bend out and break maybe - perhaps an adhesive holding the glass in the grooves would also serve to keep the brackets upright?? Any ideas? Thanks, Bob

Re: Bob's GERONIMO's windshield

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:27 am
by billy c
Bob I thru bolted mine as people tend to use those as handles they stumble from the dock to the seats. You could use 4200 on the side bracket grooves if you are concerned about that fit. You will get a better idea after you do the install.
Looking good!
Billy

Re: Bob's GERONIMO's windshield

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:34 pm
by hoodman
Bob I figured I should change the title of the thread since I made it "Another Geronimo coming soon" about four years ago.

Your boat looks classic already. I can't wait to see it with the glass!

Re: Bob's GERONIMO's windshield

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:04 pm
by bobinpowayca
Matt, that's a white adhesive caulk, right? Did you mean using the 4200 along with the rubber gasket, or just bedding the sides of the panes in the grooves with caulk only? I was thinking that might make a neater installation, i.e. without the gasket, only put the gasket in the center post fittings. bob

Re: Bob's GERONIMO's windshield

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:05 pm
by bobinpowayca
sorry Matt I meant to address that question about the caulk to Billy. Bob

Re: Bob's GERONIMO's windshield

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:27 pm
by billy c
Bob-
The 4200 comes in black also. Might be just tubes though, as that is what I used. ...yes without the gasket. Maybe trim most of the rubber away so you have a spacer at intervals to isolate the glass where it contacts the metal groove then fill with 4200?
Billy

Re: Bob's GERONIMO's windshield

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:26 pm
by bobinpowayca
Thanks Billy. I've got the white,5200. I'll know Saturday when I'll have time to do the windshield - since the glass is beveleled, I think even with the rubber gasket it would be best to caulk it in cause there'll be gaps. That's over a 2 hour drive for me to go get the black caulk - is there something special about "marine" adhesive sealant or maybe I can get a good sealant at the big box store? Thanks, bob