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Windshield Glass Replacement - Need Some Advice

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by 74CJ5 Renegade, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Sep 6, 2019
    74CJ5 Renegade

    74CJ5 Renegade Member

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    Sooo.... in removing my windshield to get some parts powder-coated I managed to crack the windshield glass.

    I called Safelite and fell out of my chair when I was quoted $440!!!!

    I found the glass on Quadratec for $139 or OC Auto Carpets for $85. (I think mine has the green tint)

    Fairchild Industries Replacement Windshield Glass for 68-75 CJ-5, CJ-6

    1968-1975 Jeep CJ5 WINDSHIELD, GREEN TINT | Online Store | Car & Truck Interior Carpet

    Any downside to the $85 glass????

    Is the weatherstrip seal two piece or one piece or is the seal the same but the first one does not include the locking strip?:

    Crown Automotive J0978995 Windshield Weatherstrip for 49-75 Jeep Vehicles

    1959-1975 Jeep CJ5 WEATHERSTRIP AND LOCKING STRI | Online Store | Car & Truck Interior Carpet

    How hard is it to remove / replace the glass? I will be doing it with the windshield lying on a table. Seems like the 'rope trick' is the best installation method.

    Easiest to just cut out the old gasket with a utility knife? Really no clue on the process.... my only experience with windshield replacement is what I have seen on the car restoration TV shows and a few YouTube videos!!!!!

    Thanks for the help!!!
     
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  2. Sep 6, 2019
    Iandavidh

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    There’s an article from the 90s that goes through a windshield replacement. I’ll go see if I can find it(y)
     
  3. Sep 6, 2019
    Iandavidh

    Iandavidh Member

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    Alan28

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    For a half-windshield I paid 130 euros it was securit glass and 2 corners were round/curb this increase the price. Windshield in 2 parts for export tropicalised or something like that.
    It was some years ago still perfect.
     
  5. Sep 6, 2019
    PeteL

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    A lot of questions....

    As to "cheap" glass... I went that way (cheap ebay part) with my YJ last year.

    a) It was a very difficult install because the glass was "tight" in the opening.
    b) It has started to 'fog' in one spot near the bottom edge.
    c) I can't tell you if these things had anything to do with the purchase price.
    d) Next time I will pay to have it installed, that way at least I'll have someone else to blame.
     
  6. Sep 6, 2019
    jjdebarros

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    I went with a custom auto glass shop here in Spokane WA.
    I took them the replacement weatherstrip that I bought from Walcks, the old glass and my newly painted frame.
    They installed new glass (green tint) for $120.
     
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  7. Sep 6, 2019
    mike starck

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    like wise here. Had a new glass installed by a local glass shop (State Auto Glass).Just in case someone local needs there service. The new glass was a very tight fit but they got it done. They said not to bother with seal next time as they have it in bulk. This was on the 1969. Under $150. Going to do the w/s on the Renegade this winter.Clean and paint frame (black) replace rubber seals and new glass.mike
     
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  8. Sep 6, 2019
    sterlclan

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    local glass guy cuts all my flat glass sometimes he has used glass from storefronts or some other source that are really cheap.
     
  9. Sep 10, 2019
    74CJ5 Renegade

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    I found a local glass installer who will do the installation for $125. I'm thinking I go with the more expensive glass and just get it installed.
     
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  10. Sep 12, 2019
    Norcal69

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    When I broke my glass..... :censored:..... I took the the cracked glass to my local glass shop for a template. They cut me a piece of green tint safety glass.... looked just like the old one :shrug:. I think it was $50
     
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  11. Sep 12, 2019
    74CJ5 Renegade

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    Norcal69

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    If you are using the lock strip type rubber you will definitely want to get the little tool for installing the lock strip. I fought mine for a couple hours, Steve's71 came over with a beer..... saw what I was doing and said he'd be right back. He returned with his tool and had the lock strip installed before I could find where he sat that beer down.....
     
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  13. Sep 15, 2019
    sterlclan

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    it can be done with a flat screwdriver too....but I own the tool (square nose chevy days)
     
  14. Dec 20, 2019
    rusty72cj5

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    Does the new rubber get installed with the locking seal side of the seal on the outside (hood side) or facing the interior of the Jeep? I can’t tell from pics on line.
     
  15. Dec 21, 2019
    bigjohn

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    The locking strip installs on the interior side.
     
  16. Dec 21, 2019
    zila

    zila I throw poop

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    NAPA should sell plastic tools for install. I broke my windshield several years ago. $100 bux installed..
     
  17. Dec 21, 2019
    sterlclan

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    mine are all on the outside old chevys included
     
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  18. Dec 22, 2019
    baldjosh

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    outside!...not sure how sound the theory is but...if the windshield is struck (deer) and the lockstrip is inside theres a better chance of it all in your face.
     
  19. Dec 22, 2019
    bigjohn

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    Huh I think I installed mine wrong then. I just installed the new glass with the same orientation as the old one without much thought. Now that I think about it the 74 I picked up has the lock strip on the outside. Oops.
     
  20. Dec 23, 2019
    rusty72cj5

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    I found some pictures online finally that I could enlarge enough to see how the seal was installed. The locking strip side definitely goes towards the outside. I find it strange, because if you want to hold the glass in place while someone pulls it over the lip of the frame from the inside, you’re pulling the beefier side of the seal over the frame lip. The side of the seal with the locking strip seems more pliable and easier to put over the lip. In the grand scheme of things, I wonder if it even matters.
     

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