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Windshield frame rusted.. what can be done?

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rocko, May 18, 2001.

  1. rocko

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    Top of windshield frame is rusted.. where topper meet's upper windshield.. Has anyone grafted a better frame onto a 1st generation blazer? Or would it be better to just cut out pieces I need off a good donor truck?
    Thanks..


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    I haven't any experience with this, but a few other guys have posted that they've replaced their windshield frames with non-rusted ones off of wrecked Blazers. I suppose if the cancer isn't too far advanced, you can cut out the affected areas and patch them by welding in replacement panels.
     
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    I spoke to a restoration shop about this when I was shopping for my K5. I wanted to know what repairs were the easiest and which were the toughest. Rockers were considered pretty easy by the shop, but the windshield post replacement was one of the most costly and difficult. It is very hard to find a decent frame to use as the replacement, and apparently the amount of time it takes to get everything removed, and re-grafted in makes it a "tough love" type project. You REALLY have to love the vehicle to spend the money for that kind of repair....it's generally not a cost-effective thing to have to do.

    If you have a sentimental attachment to the vehicle, or a lot of expensive parts already installed on it, you could probably justify doing it.

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    A friend of mine and myself replaced my windshield frame with a good used one and if we had to charge someone to do it, it would be around the 500-1000 dollar mark. The way to do it right is when you get a frame from a donor truck, disect it (the top part is actually 3 parts). I did another guys this way too, then coated the inside of them with POR-15 before I welded it back together. I guess what I'm saying is that there is no easy fix. I can try and get you a windshield frame if your having trouble. Email me.

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  5. rocko

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    Thanks everyone.. I was thinking of fabricating "molded" metal parts to fit over the very top corners where it's rusted.. Once I get my digital camera... I'll snap some photos.
    But it's the top corners of the windshield area.. where the topper meets the frame..
    I'm sure it's expensive to repair.. The truck was a $800.00 special.. that needs some putting back together..
    My best bet would probably be to find another donor tub.. or truck..
    Thanks for all your help guys !!! .

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    Don't just put metal over the top of rusted metal. Cut out all of the cancer or it will be back in spades.
     
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    What about using the por-15 patch kit. Has anyone used this? If I remember right it is similar to a fiber glass patch. Would it work for the windshield area or any other area for that matter?
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    Are you all talking about surface rust or actual holes through ?

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    Holes rotted through it... and they are pretty bad.

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