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Ok this seems to boggle my local "authorized service center" and most of my local Volvo friendly shops. I'm hoping someone out there will read this and know what I'm talking about. <p> First let me describe where the problem is as this seems to illicit the most confusion: I'm talking about the black and chrome piece that covers where my ('88) windshield and vehicle body meet. Recessed into the frame are/were little female clips that I'm told are installed only when the windshield is installed and they clip onto the male counterparts on the trim piece, thus securing said piece in place and keeping water etc. out. The problem is that mine is only half attached and flaps around not to mention that some jackass before me tried to "goop" the thing back in place- bad idea. This seems to be an area where alot of 240's in the north east begin to rust. My question is this: Since they no longer make these parts and any salvage pieces are shrunken as badly or worse than mine (in my opinion they're just ugly), can mine be converted to the later, (and possibly earlier) though definitely far superior, simple black flush gasket? I've seen earlier years with this better option but I don't know nor do the owners of the early cars I've seen ('83 84?), whether or not it was upgraded after the fact. My next question then is: If this is possible, will I have to remove and re-install the windshield (thus adding $200-$400 to the project that I do not have)? I've gotten mixed answers on this though nothing definitive. Thanks for your patience and help. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: '88 240 windshield trim (prancingmoose)

Joe;<p>If you don't re-install the windshield even the new trim and clips won't stop any leaks.<p>Yes, any version of 240 windshield will work but not if you attempt the repair without removing the windshield and cleaning everything (repair rust?) then properly install the correct new parts.<p>George Dill<p>
 
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