Just purchased my first Model T 26 coupe. Have had Model A's in past. I want to install safety plate in the windshield. I can't find rubber channel for the new glass. What is the secret to holding the glass in place. My dad would have said duct tape. I plan to keep the car original except for a few safety items. It's a driver.
Take the frame to a glass shop, they will know how to do it and will do a better job. They will have glass setting channel.
If you want it original, Ford didn't use glass setting tape. There was a nickel plated brass channel that kept the glass from rattling but didn't provide much weather resistance. If this cannel is missing, check the glass. It may already be safety glass.
I think the vendors sell the channel but it is very expensive. If you're not building a "points car", have the glass company install the glass with setting tape as Jack says.
The coupe used glass setting channel. Open cars had the brass channel.
The pictures below are of the original Brass/Nickel glass channel on our 1924 Canadian Fordor. I replaced the old plate glass and retained the channel.
As found Original
The answers above seem relate to earlier cars. My '26 Coupe has a pressed steel frame, hinged at the top, which can be removed, complete with hinge. The top channel of this is removed by undoing small screws near the corners. Mine all came out after 86 years. The channel is removed by carefully tapping it via a piece of wood. The bottom/sides part of the channel is then removed in a similar way.
The glass is held in a thin rubber strip folded around the edge. There is no rubber channel.
My glass supplier (in England) had strip of the correct thickness (about 1/16"), but I had to cut down the width. I applied silicone sealant when fitting.
Fitting is quite fiddly - you need an assistant (e.g. wife), but the end result, for me, is very good.