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Best Glass Options
#1303201 Fri Mar 15 2019 11:09 PM
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Who/whom are the best windshield and rear cab glass vendors out there for these old girls? Not looking for date coded glass. Prefer a tint bar...smoke glass as well. Also, is everybody in agreement that SoffSeal is the preferred rubber?





Re: Best Glass Options
Apache1 #1303209 Fri Mar 15 2019 11:41 PM
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Re: Best Glass Options
Apache1 #1303218 Sat Mar 16 2019 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Apache1
Who/whom are the best windshield and rear cab glass vendors out there for these old girls? Not looking for date coded glass. Prefer a tint bar...smoke glass as well. Also, is everybody in agreement that SoffSeal is the preferred rubber?


Windshield is Bob's Classic Auto Glass in Oregon. No shipping. Pick up at your local Pilkington.
Rubber: as Tim says. Steele the best, SoffSeal used by many. Bob's can supply Steele Rubber at a reasonable price when you buy glass.
Side glass, back glass: Classic Trucks of America and any other top vendor. Bob's may have a complete set.


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Re: Best Glass Options
Apache1 #1303281 Sat Mar 16 2019 02:20 PM
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OK...will check it out...thanks





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Apache1 #1303371 Sun Mar 17 2019 12:38 AM
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Isn't the durometer number a high priority consideration when a pliable and conforming compound is key when glass meets rubber and rubber meets pinch weld...especially with the number of tight radiuses in these cabs. What is it about Steele products that stands out above others?

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Re: Best Glass Options
Apache1 #1303375 Sun Mar 17 2019 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Apache1
. . . What is it about Steele products that stands out above others?

They seem to match original shape/size better than other vendors.
They seem to install easier than products from other vendors.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Best Glass Options
Apache1 #1303377 Sun Mar 17 2019 01:21 AM
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I just blogulated on Steele Rubber quality.
https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthread...3332/re-starter-bellows.html#Post1303332

Durometer does not have much to do with a windshield seal. Durometer is more of an interest in clamped gasket seals, flat gaskets, orings and such.
The windshield seal is a overlap flap and groove seal. Almost a static "sweep" seal. Watershed kind of thing. There is no mechanical compression/clamping.
Obviously the seals can't be rock hard or spongy soft. The dimensional stability yielded from the mold will make the product fit better. The quality of the rubber will make it last longer. Those are the main factors regarding off shore vs USA.


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Re: Best Glass Options
Apache1 #1303379 Sun Mar 17 2019 01:35 AM
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Durometer rating is more of a compression factor...my bad.





Re: Best Glass Options
Apache1 #1303406 Sun Mar 17 2019 12:47 PM
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I recently checked out a local glass company to cut my glass from templates. Received a quote of $250. for windshield (2 pieces) and rear window. Checked other places but the shipping was
outrageous. Read a post online here and placed an order with Summit Racing. Shipping was free with an additional charge due to the large package size. Arrived undamaged, well packaged via UPS. Can't wait to see how they fit. Total for the 3 pieces of glass was $154.42 tax included.

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Apache1 #1303443 Sun Mar 17 2019 04:30 PM
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Jeler that sounds good...although I'll be needing a one piece upfront.





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