I can see clearly now

The town of Coronal Oviedo isn’t very exciting, but it’s a fair place to stop and take care of some business.  It’s a cross-roads town right in the center of the country, so they have everything for travelers. Our top two: laundry and a windshield.

For some strange reason (!) the buttons on all of my pants keeps popping off. Gotta be the pants. The lavanderia here offered to repair them all for free – so we have to recommend stopping at the one and only place in town.

I had to give a day’s notice on the windshield, but a shop here found one and installed it.  I’ve done this myself twice, and it was a bitch each time. Somehow, after only a few attempts I have managed to get it in using the ‘ole string method with only a little help.  It’s a tight fit. These guys made at least ten attempts, including banging on the frame with a mallet and grinding the new windshield 4 times. Eventually, with 4 guys, they got it.  A half-day’s entertainment for only $100 USD.

The new windshield was exactly the same size as my old one that they pulled out – I measured.

And, we lost an air scoop somewhere along the way. It finally just shredded and fell off. If you are driving through Paraguay and find a red plastic scoop on the side of the road, please put it in the trash for us.

6 thoughts on “I can see clearly now

  • July 3, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    those black plugs behind the windshield from rust proofing?? ziabart maybe?

  • July 3, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    mark – those black plastic caps came with the car and seemed to be “original”. They are covers for screw heads…

  • July 5, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I see that now. we had a bus here that had been rust proofed that they drilled holes and sprayed something into and then plugged the holes with caps like those

  • July 5, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    did someone say pants!?

  • July 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Wow, very clean windshield channel. And congrats on losing the scoop!


  • July 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Mitch- i cleaned up the channel 3 years ago when I painted it. Thus, my experience with installing a windshield. My only rust concern now is under the driver’s floor mat. I cleaned it up 3 years ago too – but it hasn’t fared as well…

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