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removing front winshield from a g body

ok so i cracked my windshield on my 85 and i went to the junk yard to get a used one. Now i have tried with these tools and i have not had any luck i have cracked more then 5.Now i notice the glue is all dried up which i think these tools cant cut.




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Its not so much the tool as it is not being familar with using it. Your best bet is with the window wire. It will slice the window right out of it without breaking the window.
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Its not so much the tool as it is not being familar with using it. Your best bet is with the window wire. It will slice the window right out of it without breaking the window.
Last one I took out I used a razor knife on the outside and a fish fillet knife on the inside. Popped right out.
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Its not so much the tool as it is not being familar with using it. Your best bet is with the window wire. It will slice the window right out of it without breaking the window.

Very true....
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I used the wire and I still broke it but I can say by that time I was doing mad and not really caring. After being in the junk yard for a few hours I was fed up. I also had the steel tube smashed holding a razor blade and that worked but was taking for ever to cut.
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The G Body windshield are held in with a urethane sealer rather than buyle (SP) . They are a huge PIA to cut and you canít get in a hurry on it. Iíve also tried the tool you show on them and itís about worthless on urethane.

The best Iíve found is a 2 ft handle that is made to hold a box cutter type blade, but even then plan on taking an hour or 2 to get the windshield out in one piece.


I know most glass shops use an electric or air cutter to remove the old windshields Iím not sure if they are like these or not.....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/WINDS...motiveQ5fTools

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Air-W...motiveQ5fTools

but if I had to do another one I would sure at least buy the cheap one and give it a try......of course the down side you need to be around compressed air.

For no more than a new replacement windshield costs itís probably well worth just having a glass shop do it in the first place. To properly replace the glass you will still need to use the urethane which really requires a minimum of a compound action caulking gun (an electric one is actually nicer but usually well over $100)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Caulk...olesaleQ5fLots

Plus the urethane itself at about $10 a tube (1 tube would probably be enough but would you really want to find out after you got started that itís not).


So basically to do the job easily and correctly youíre basically looking at a tool and material cost that is right at the cost of having it professionally done. If your budget is too tight to afford the tools to make it easier plan on trading effort sweat and aggrivation for the cost savings.

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I used the wire and I still broke it but I can say by that time I was doing mad and not really caring. After being in the junk yard for a few hours I was fed up. I also had the steel tube smashed holding a razor blade and that worked but was taking for ever to cut.
sorry but if you broke it with the WIRE , you really need to learn how to you the tools!
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sorry but if you broke it with the WIRE , you really need to learn how to use the tools!
You know the wire is basically a two man job, right? I helped a buddy once get one out of a GP and we came up with a 4th steel guitar string attached to 2 pieces of doweling. Worked pretty good.
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Sqzbx is right about the guitar string. I have taken many out by myself and it is a slow going pain.It is much better to have a friend along. I dont like"tools" to take out windows because one little slip and you possibly have a crack or break. I wish you best of luck with the next one.
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You know the wire is basically a two man job, right? I helped a buddy once get one out of a GP and we came up with a 4th steel guitar string attached to 2 pieces of doweling. Worked pretty good.
Really? I pull the old ones out ALL the time by myself. Guess it depends on how short you are and if you know what you are doing. Newer cars are bigger and takes two. And is easier with a urethane knife or the tool the window guys use.

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sorry but if you broke it with the WIRE , you really need to learn how to you the tools!
Agree. I just gave up at that point And was pulling the wire like a mad ape. I will just have a shop install it.
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