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Old 04-09-2011, 04:11 AM
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Rust in roof gutters, how to get windscreen out and not break?

I got rust in the gutter around the front windscreen. I cut out the old urethane sealant/glue, and I suspect the rust might be under it as well.

How do you take out the window and not crack it?

I did read about using a "hot wire", hook it up to a 12v battery and then drag it though the sealant.

But where can I get this hot wire?

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Old 04-09-2011, 05:19 AM
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It doesnt need to be a hot wire....Get a piece of piano wire and get it though....A person on the inside and one on the outside, saw the wire back and forth all the way around. Make sure you get all the way around and lift it out
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Something I do that really helps get the piano wire started is to heat it up nice and red then it'll push through the rubber and glue easy.A piece of (hot)tie wire works pretty well for getting a hole started too....Once its in its just a matter of a sawing action (two people) being careful to keep the wire away from the glass,the wire does not have to be heated ,it'll get very hot all by itself.
BUT....your windshield is an old rubber seal type,so you just cut the the outerseal down to the glass and push the glass in.it looks to me like you already did this but are afraid of breaking the glass so just push a little harder unless you can see glue or sillicone..then cut the inside of the seal too,its probably just rusted in...
but a quick phone call to your local glass shop is a sure way to get it out in one piece....
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On a second look it does look like a modern glued in windshield and you should call a pro if you want to save the glass...even they wont garuntee it wont break coming out...but its your best bet...
If you do it yourself plan on breaking it and hope you dont...
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Then the other thought is a windshield for that truck is damn cheap as far as windshields go (wish I could get one that cheap for my Rambler) so if it breaks so be it. You don't just end up with "another" windshield, you end up with a crystal clear, perfect new windshield that will make that newly painted hood look that much better when you are looking out over it on that first drive after you paint it.

And also, if you are really nervous about this, and it's in your budget think about having it cut out. We have a number of mobile guys around here that pull glass for body shops. We have a glass guy at the shop EVERY SINGLE day removing or reinstalling a glass and they do it for only about $100 including the urethane. Now, if you buy a new windshield for that truck the whole shooting match shouldn't be more than $225 or so.

This may be way out of your budget I just thought I would throw it out there because you may have thought it was a lot more. If this would work for you, make some phone calls and you may be able to get something for that much. I know around here there are LOTS of places that give these kind of deals to cash paying customers.

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Well I got some mig wire and heated it up, poked it through the urethane. I managed to saw a bit of it, but noticed it was chipping the edges of the glass.

Then I got out a 6" knife and managed to cut down the passengers side all the way, great. Then I did the drivers side and it cracked about 5" from the bottom.

So as it is now it is okay to leave it I guess, but it will most likely continue to split later on. This was a shame as it was working pretty good too. I had a bolt on the backside of the tip of the blade so I could pull the knife down as well.

I will phone up some glass places to day to see how much they want for a new window. Gunna have to rip it out.

Ahh well, anyway I tried.
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just for reference this is what i use my local jobber has them for $18 and blades for 12
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