View Full Version : How to salvage a parts car windshield ????

06-07-2002, 07:21 AM
Sure, just grab the ol owners manual & follow the instructions. Take a piece of piano wire & just saw through the sealing puddy stuff. http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/frown.gif tried a small cable thinking the uneven circumference would act a little like a saw. http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/frown.gif


Their is always a better way. Who would like to divulge their secret ?????? http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/smile.gif



06-07-2002, 08:50 AM
The better way...the only way--get the pro to do it.

This is about the most miserable job one can imagine and you probably will fail 99% of the time with that urethane cut.

Having watched people do it and talked to people doing it for a living, the best way is that angled knife, sharpened like a razor.


C. Ludwig
06-07-2002, 11:19 AM
Leave it to a pro. http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/smile.gif

We do them at work now and then. The truck usually sits there for at least a week while everyone argues about who is supposed to do it. We've got the knives and they seem to work the best. That's what we always use. I'd say we end up breaking 99.9% of all windshields too. http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/frown.gif

Watched the pros do my old truck. They actually used a sawzall! Worked...


Chris Ludwig
08 ITS RX7 CenDiv

06-07-2002, 10:51 PM
Put the car out in the sun and let it get very hot to soften up the goo. Be patient, try using .020" safety wire. Pull gently. Expect to break the windshield. If you don't break it, you'll be ahead! Have a 5lb sledge, tire iron, baseball bat, big rocks etc handy so that when you do break it, you can go to town!


06-07-2002, 11:33 PM
personally I use a acoustic guitar string(its serated) with about 80% success, oh and it takes two people with visegrips and you saw the urethane with the string.

06-08-2002, 06:46 PM
We used safety wire wrapped around 3/8" extensions. Use the extensions as handles, sawing motion as we worked around the perimeter. Tough/thick spots called for heating the safety wire with a pencil tip torch...cut through it like butter. Any excuse to intorduce flameage into the process. Only had one experience and it worked.

I'd rather remove windshields than scrape that sound deadening stuff anyday.

C. Ludwig
06-09-2002, 09:38 AM
Now sound deadning is easy. Just make sure it's really cold, wack it with a mallet and sweep up the loose chunks. http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/smile.gif It's a good dead of winter project!


Chris Ludwig
08 ITS RX7 CenDiv

06-09-2002, 01:33 PM
Tell ya what, next racecar I build, you come out and remove the windshield, and I'll go remove your insulation..

<shudder> I had the damndest time getting it out. Of course, mine was already broken. But baseball bat would have left the interior full of glass! Not a good thing http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/smile.gif I like the idea on getting the wire hot.


06-10-2002, 03:41 AM
Remembering the old saying "time is money", I go to my windshield guy and get new ones. $200.00 Canadian installed, and it is so, so easy.

06-10-2002, 07:58 AM
I found out that around where I live (not sure for everyone else) a few of the junkyards around also install used windshields. Im having one of them intsall one for me soon.$125.00 installed. Check it out, it might be an option?

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06-11-2002, 08:09 AM
lets see now, the thoughts were:

99.9 % of the time they break http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/frown.gif

Time is money http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/wink.gif

Let the Pro do it http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/wink.gif

I guess you could say I am 100 %

It sure was fun with the palm of my hand pounding near the crack to see where it would go next. Non-predictable, now it looks like a road map of country roads. http://Forums.ImprovedTouring.com/it/biggrin.gif

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