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#834934 - Tue Mar 13 2012 01:01 PM 1951 windshield glass and gasket replacement
old stovebolter Offline
Riding in the Passing Lane
Registered: Mon Nov 23 2009 06:30 PM
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Loc: homewood, alabama
Hi Folks-I hope I am not posting a previously answered question. Some 38 years ago I had new windshield glass and gasket put into my '51 half ton. The shop did an excellent job but no longer do glass work.It recently started leaking and I figured it was time to do it again,as the gasket was deteriorating and the glass had gotten all scratched up. The shop I took it to for the work put in an inferior quality gasket, and the gasket was not centered as it should be. I tried to straigten it out and just made it worse. Can anyone recommend a good vintage glass shop in the AL, GA, or TN area? Thanks,Tex the old stovebolter


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#834999 - Tue Mar 13 2012 05:00 PM Re: 1951 windshield glass and gasket replacement [Re: old stovebolter]
jockbolter50 Offline
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Registered: Mon Mar 10 2008 05:55 PM
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Loc: Scotland
Sorry I can't help with a good glass shop local to you Tex.

Re: The replacement gasket,the general consensus is that Steele rubber products are by far the best quality,and AFAIK is made in the USA.
Most of the aftermarket rubber is produced in the R.O.C.,my own included and it has deteriorated and split in less than 6 years. It hasn't even been on the road yet!
Good luck with your search.



Edited by jockbolter50 (Tue Mar 13 2012 05:05 PM)
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#835176 - Wed Mar 14 2012 04:59 AM Re: 1951 windshield glass and gasket replacement [Re: old stovebolter]
Lucille Offline
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Loc: Murphy, NC
Order the rubber seal from Steele Rubber Products in Denver, North Carolina. Jim Carter Truck Parts sells the glass.
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#835216 - Wed Mar 14 2012 10:34 AM Re: 1951 windshield glass and gasket replacement [Re: Lucille]
old stovebolter Offline
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Loc: homewood, alabama
Hey guys,
Thanks for the tips. I may end up seeing who these folks reccomend doing the installation and take a little road trip to have the work done. I have done a fair amount of mechanical tinkering and painting on the old bomber over the years, but Murphy would definitely be around if I tried to replace window
gaskets. I get aggravated and frustrated with the old girl from
time to time and threaten to sell it, but it would be like losing
a long-time friend.

Thanks Again, Tex
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#836085 - Sat Mar 17 2012 01:30 PM Re: 1951 windshield glass and gasket replacement [Re: old stovebolter]
oldblu65 Offline
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Registered: Mon Oct 03 2005 12:00 PM
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Loc: Just east of Mowbray
Tex , may I offer a suggestion ? I know Honest Charley's in Chattanooga doesn't do glass installation but they do deal with vintage vehicles on a daily basis . Besides running the speed shop , they also restore cars and trucks so " someone " does the window installation and likely it is a local shop that does so . Why not call them and ask who does the " window replacements " for them ! Likely it will be a shop that specializes in vintage installs as well as modern vehicle repairs . Homewood and Chattanooga aren't too far apart so you could make an appointment with this shop ( assuming you find out their name ) and next time you are passing through , have them do the replacement . Just my $0.02 !
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#836144 - Sat Mar 17 2012 06:33 PM Re: 1951 windshield glass and gasket replacement [Re: oldblu65]
old stovebolter Offline
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Registered: Mon Nov 23 2009 06:30 PM
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Loc: homewood, alabama
Hey Old Blue,
Thanks for the tip I have actually visited Honest Charley's while visiting Chattannoga and it seems to be a neat shop. Don't know why I didn't think of them as a resource.
Tex
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#836255 - Sun Mar 18 2012 02:45 AM Re: 1951 windshield glass and gasket replacement [Re: old stovebolter]
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Loc: Scotland
Great advice from oldblu,Tex.
I would much rather entrust my truck to a shop who specializes in old iron.
Like he says,they will possibly have their own guy 'in-house' with the skills or at least use someone who can do the work.

I'm fortunate as I work in the automotive glass trade so I can do this myself.
So if mine's wrong there's only one guy I can blame! grin

The big national companies are more interested in quantity rather than quality.
They seldom have the knowledge/skill or even interest in earlier vehicles.
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