As part of our March/April AGRR™ magazine, we asked automotive glass technicians to vote on the hardest installation via our “A Hard Day’s Lite” feature and the early tally is in. The 1982 Fiat Strada windshield, part No. FW391, has been voted the most difficult.
For this feature, we took a look at the top ten most labor intensive installations based on the latest Winter 2014 National Auto Glass Specifications (NAGS) International Benchmark Calculator. We asked technicians to share their opinion.
“I was not surprised that the Strada came in first with our readers. This was the oldest car on the list and not something you would work on frequently if at all,” says Jamie Browning, contributing editor for AGRR™ magazine and assistant editor for Auto Glass Journal.
“The 1982 Fiat Strada gasket-set windshield is the only one on the list that I have not personally installed. I would love to hear from our readers who have installed one of these as to why the level of difficulty is so high,” Browning says.
Coming in second on the list with the most votes was the 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis back glass, part No. DB8199 with an estimated 8.9 hours of labor time by NAGS.
Five jobs tied for the third highest vote total. These include:
—2010 Mercedes-Benz SL500, SL600, SL63 AMG, SL65 AMG windshield, part No. FW2668 with an estimated NAGS labor time of 7.3 hours;
—2010 Land Rover LR3, LR4 roof, part No. FR22474-75 with an estimated NAGS labor time of 7.7 hours;
—1992 Cadillac Fleetwood back glass, part No. DB7171 with an estimated NAGS labor time of 7.5 hours; and
—1985 Cadillac Fleetwood back glass, part No. DB6164 with an estimated NAGS labor time of 7.5 hours.
“I am surprised that the Grand Marquis came in higher than the Land Rover roof. The Land Rover roof is one of the vehicles I receive the most calls on for assistance,” Browning says.
Editor’s Note: If you have not yet voted, click here to share your opinion.