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Username Post: How difficult is glass replacement?        (Topic#355090)
tkruger 
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Reg: 07-19-18
02-04-19 09:43 AM - Post#2758968    

Looking at the long list of to-dos on this project and prioritizing. Driver side windshield is cracked. Of of the weather stripping on all of the windows is rotted. All glass is original.

How difficult is it to do the following:
1: Remove the glass without breaking it? Except for the cracked drivers windshield I would like to reuse the original.
2. Replace all of the rubber.
3. Install the glass.

I am painting the car too so I will probably remove, paint then reinstall.



 

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42Special 
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42Special
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02-04-19 11:59 AM - Post#2758985    
    In response to tkruger

Not overly difficult as much as it is time consuming and spendy, I did front & back glass as well as all the doors,
but I have a 4dr. so it is almost twice as much as the coupes. I did one door at a time. So one I could afford it and second to be able to reference the other when it came time to put it all back together.
Repainted the doors before reassembly. I would stay away from the cheaper seals and gaskets. Tempting as they maybe if you have problems or have to do it over the savings disappears. Steele Rubber products seem to be the best available.



Edited by 42Special on 02-04-19 12:03 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Ray P W 
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02-05-19 07:43 AM - Post#2759072    
    In response to 42Special

tkruger,

I replaced the glass on my restored '36 Chevy pickup and also on a '64 VW bug and found it to be a simple task. Where a 1 piece gasket surrounds the glass a piece of cord is placed in the channel that the body metal fits into and as the cord is pulled around the gasket the rubber channel opens up for the sheet metal to fit in.

I did that job decades ago. Today there are probably countless videos illustrating the technique.

Ray W



 
tkruger 
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02-06-19 07:24 AM - Post#2759193    
    In response to 42Special

I have the 4 door. Currently only the drivers windshield is cracked. Passenger door window is scratched vertically but I am OK with that. All of the rubber on this car is shot. That is why I want to remove all of the windows and replace them.

Is there any epoxy holding the windows in on this car or just that rubber seal? I have been told a few different things asking around on how best to do it.

On a side note this is not a 'restoration'. It is a father sons project. We are not looking to get a show car. Just a project that in a few years we can safely drive around in and say we did that. Smiles per mile is the goal.



 
bigbth 
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bigbth
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Reg: 09-12-01
02-06-19 07:34 PM - Post#2759243    
    In response to Ray P W

I've done glass replacement and would not try to install cracked glass in the front, quarter or back window. I have a 4 door 38 and the glass replacement is a friction fit, it did not just slide into place. The 38 has a center divider on the front window so you have to install one side then the other and still keep the center divider spacing so you can install the divider at the end. All the while keeping the window panes in place and the rubber in the frame. Don't forget to cover the dash (if you don't want it scratched). On the small quarter windows it is very hard to fit the window in place because of the size and still fit the lip of the rubber over the window frame, I broke one window and had to order a replacement. There are techniques that people use, including the use of string wound around the rubber so that you can pull the string out as you push on the window and it will pull the lip of the rubber over the window frame. I also tried to use soap to lubricate but that just made the window hard to hold. For the door windows there are several different pieces that need to be installed to finish a proper replacement.

You can run sealant under the lip of the rubber to prevent water infiltration. I used GM window sealant.

Good luck, Brian



 
tkruger 
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02-07-19 07:17 AM - Post#2759277    
    In response to bigbth

Sorry, I was not clear with my last post. I am OK with the scratched passenger window, not the windshield that is cracked. In NY it is illegal to drive with a crack in the windshield.

Any idea of cost when done with the seals a set of windshields and supplies? I think the plan going forward will be remove the glass, paint the car and then reinstall with new seals.



 
38TownSd 
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02-08-19 01:52 PM - Post#2759406    
    In response to tkruger

I don't know what year you have but on the 38 Master, the windshield glass is actually larger than the window opening. The gasket fits on the pinch weld and also retains the glass immediately behind. I would think that if you replace only one side of the windshield, the new glass color might not match.



 
tkruger 
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02-11-19 07:44 AM - Post#2759611    
    In response to 38TownSd

I have a 41. I will replace both sides then. Looks like it is sold that way too. Might as well anyways since I am removing the seal on both sides too.



 
Rusty Heaps 
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02-11-19 11:43 AM - Post#2759635    
    In response to tkruger

I replaced the windshields in my '46 coupe last spring. My advise, don't skimp on the body sealer and have a good friend to help with the install who doesn't mind getting a little messy.

I invest my money in precious metals, mostly rust!


 
38TownSd 
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02-12-19 11:44 AM - Post#2759746    
    In response to Rusty Heaps

Those little suction cups that have the flip handle to secure it are a must for working with glass. I kept a collection of plastic knives for when detailed persuasion of the rubber was needed.



 

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