I took a long break from working on my Suburban project. I was difficult to organize my tools and make room in my garage to do the many items that I have left to complete my project. So I saved up some money and designed and built a new shop for all of my future projects. The shop is 40' wide x 36' deep with 16 foot ceilings. I built an office with a mezzanine in the left bay and I can fit an RV in the center bay and have a lift in the right bay. This will make much more enjoyable while working on the toys.By summer I hope to have the Suburban pretty much complete and a paint job on my 1958 Rambler American. I may have to start a separate journal for the Rambler project, guess we'll see.
I completed the rear side window installation on 3 of the 4 windows. I searched for the proper technique and products to do the installation. I used Dow BETASEAL Express. It's my first installation using this method and I have some cleanup to do. Hopefully it will look professional when I'm totally finished. If not I'll take it to a glass shop and pay them to do it again. The windows in this Suburban have been almost enough to make me give up doing any more of my own projects. We'll see if I can keep up the motivation to complete this job or any others in the future? The tedious little finish items that I don't see any real progress have about finished me.
I need help with my 53 Suburban side window installation. I do not want to use H rubber to install the glass as seen on many other Suburban side glass installations. I had one piece replacement glass cut with the intention of using 3/8" butyl tape to set it to the window reveal around the pinch weld of my 1953 Chevy Suburban. The Suburban does not have a moulding like the 60's windshields to conceal the butyl from the sunlight and retain the glass. So the side edge (not the face against the pinch weld) would be exposed to sunlight. Is this a problem? The Suburban glass was not originally installed this way and does not have retaining clips. Will the pressure of the interior reveal moulding along with the butyl tape adhesion be sufficient in retaining the windows? I can adjust the tension slightly using rubber between the inner reveal and the glass for a little more tension. The first picture shows the inside reveal moulding and the second picture shows the outside reveal. I have posted this on the bulletin board for any one responding to the window installation. http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/installing-53-suburban-modified-side-glass-159305.html
After much procrastination and after 9 months of thought, I have finally finished one sliding window installation. I've gone back and forth with window options for the rear side windows. I thought because of rarity I would install the original sliding windows in the rear four windows. After completing one of the four I've once again changed my mind. I'm removing the one completed window and I'm selling all the new glass, run channel, finger pulls and everything to do with the original glass. I am going to install one solid glass in each of the four window openings.