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Old 12-18-2002, 10:43 PM
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Anybody have any experience with v-butted windshields? Want to put one in my 49 suburban. I have talked with a few people about this and looked at a nice one that was urethaned to the frame itself. I see that there is a rubber moulding kit made by Steele, has anyone tried this? If so what works best for silicon and does anybody have a template? I also talked to a glass shop and they were worried that the glass would seperate were it is silconed together.

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When I had my windshield done I had my local glass guys use the same 3M product used to seal aquariums (don't remember the name). The glass manufacturer recommended that stuff and it’s been on there for over 5 years with no problems. I also used the Steele rubber windshield moldings. They make great stuff but it's a bit pricey.

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49, I do the V-butts all the time. on your truck I reccomend using a stock windshield gasket and remove the center bar. if done carefully you can make it very clean. then I rotate the gasket 90 degrees for the people that look at the center for any signs of removal (everyones a judge lol) then if you look at the bar that you removed from a end cut it looks like an H the thickness of the rubber in the center bar of the H (is usually 1/4 inch . when you have the new glass cut you add half of that thickness to each half of windshield (usually 1/8 inch) on 47-53 chev truck I add 3/16 because the windshields are normally shy from the factory. then the glass has to be mitred on the center. the way I figure the angle is with the glass out of the vehicle I put a straight edge across the opening at the bottom and then measure the distance in the middle from the straight edge to the pinch weld in the center. usually 3 1/2 to 5 3/4 then I place blocks on the table and mock that height with the two windshields the then wet sand the glass till they match each other (glass shop can do this when cutting the glass) I never grind the outer edge (hand block lightly) and tape one edge during installion so they don't touch and chip.after the glass is in you should be able to move the glass enough to line the center perfectly (I use suction cups ) I use the thickness of a single edge razor blade to gage the gap (you don't want them touching) then mask the edge of each half windshield insde and out and seal the center with clear silicone. that should get you a pretty nice V-Butt
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HI GUYS I RAN OWNED A GLASS SHOP FOR 20 YEARS AND HAVE DONE A FEW WINDSHIELDS IN MY DAY. LOTS OF PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU ALL KINDS OF STUFF TO USE TO SEAL BETWEEN THE TWO HALFS. ONE GUY TOLD ME HE HEARD THAT SILICONE WOULD EAT THE PLASTIC BETWEEN THE GLASS, HOOEY!! SILICONE IS THE BEST THING TO SEAL THAT WITH. WHAT IS NOT RECCOMENED IS URATHANE AS IT HAS LOUSY UV PROPERTIES IF LEFT TO LET THE SUN UV RAYS TO HIT IT IT WILL DISCENTAGRATE IN NO TIME.

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Thanks for the help ,very useful info
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