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one piece front door glass, 73-87

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by R72K5, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. R72K5

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    anyone ever had a one piece door glass made, i currently have my driver side door apart and am trying to locate a door glass but to no avail yet, still, i like the huge new opening, so i was wondering if anyone here has ever had a local glass shop or something make a one piece out of some kind of glass ?

    thanks
     
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    I to would like to do this mod, But dont no where to turn for help.
     
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    i just thought about this when i swapped mine from power to full manual..

    biggest issue i saw other than getting new glass cut, would be fabbing up and moving the front track.. i think you could use another one like the rear track from a donor or something and mod it for the front easier than modding the wing window track..

    then you'd also need to run the same u style weatherstrip thats around the back section all the way where the wing window is... you could buy 2 new ones, run one from the doorlock around the top to the lower front. then cut the other in 1/2 and glue it in the lower rear track and new lower front track...

    and then obviously template and cut new glass...

    hopefully the regulator could still move the glass up and down decently...

    doable, but certainly somewhat of a pain with no certain outcome...
     
  4. R72K5

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    oh crap yeah the front track, hmm good point i overlooked totally lol

    hmm that coupled with possible regulator trouble would make this mod no fun without most likely at least a welder- to lengthen the regulator arms, or the window track, or both, to balance it better, towards the front of the door,

    i better just scratch that dream/thought and uhhh keep looking for another door glass- in which in the past ive had billions of just laying around- but now dont have a single one cept for pass side



    lol


    thanks :D
     
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    this was discussed and actually sold somewhere online over at www.chevytalk.com

    thats all i remember
     
  6. R72K5

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    yeah i figured that theres probably a kit for these, i know there is for the first gens

    but im not gonna opt for it

    thanks :D
     
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    Everyone is forgetting that the glass isn't flat, it has a slight curve to it so a glass shop wouldn't be able to simply cut you a new glass.
     
  8. ryoken

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    but they can do that right? heat it and put the bend in it? installed tons of glass but have no clue as to what they do in a glass shop...

    i bet the glass would cost ya 300 to 500 at least..
     
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    Plenty of folks had one-piece glass on the 73-87 doors - they were a dime a dozen in Truckin' and Sport Truck magazine in the early '90s. I have no clue where you'd get the glass and tracks today... any street-rod-oriented body shop that's worth a s**t could probably point you in the right direction, but I imagine you'd have to pay the "street rod" premium price.
     
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    exactly, yep :O

    and yeah we kow the glass in the 73-up are curved, but its not a huge curve, im sure it could be warmed up enough and made to curve,
    not real glass that is, of course

    im talking like carbon glass, or that other newer stuff, ive had it done when i had a 69 ford pickup(was my very first vehicle ever, i was 16) i needed a new instrument cluster lense because the original one was horribly clouded up couldnt see through it, well in the old ford trucks its a big rectangle shape and has a curve to it,

    was very simple, i did it in the oven,


    no more curve than that is in the chevy 73-up door glasses

    so..
    it would work fine i know, in fact i could very easily make the windows myself, but then all the other mods to do..


    but still... i dont see it being worth all the hassle, after realizing what would need to be modified to make it work good enough ot be happy with :P

    crazy stuff,

    lol
     
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    Several companies still make the conversion. I like my smokers vent window.
     
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    youd need a big oven to fit that door glass in:eek1: lol
     
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    That truck they have is pretty neat. The rear window rolls up and down like a sub/blazer.

    73-87glass2.jpg

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    73-87glass.jpg
     
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    looks sweet but for $775, ill keep my two piece :-(
     
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    Agreed! And, it's not like they have a one piece kit for the rear doors too :rolleyes:
     
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    I think i may actualy do this mod. I hate the vent windows with a passion
     
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    You'll also lose the piece that keeps the inner and outer door sheel connnected.

    No way I'd ever do this unless I had a good supply of doors laying around to replace. I strongly suspect the door is going to crack near the front without the support. GM had that problem in their cars that didn't use vent windows, and that was all the way through the 80's.
     
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    not only that connecting piece.. but also the little bracket that keeps the skin stable by running from the lower mirror bolt over to the inner shell...

    looks cool, but alot of work and coin...

    i'm so digging that i went manual with mine.. peeps look at me like i'm crazy for doing that, but i love it... need a better set of inner panels tho.. had to run the older 77 ones with the crank handle hole and they where pretty rough, even after black interior paint...
     
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    That is tempered glass and I don't think you can just heat it up to make it curve. What a huge pain this mod would be.
     

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