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Old 07-13-2013, 06:07 PM
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Vent Glass Elimination 39 Chevy

I really need some help here. I want to eliminate the front wing glass from my 39 Chevy sedan. Iíve done some investigation and, as usual, found several different views on the subject. First, I need to know if anybody knows of a source for the kit to do this. Elect. regulator, channel etc. I also need to cut part of the inner door structure out (where the wing glass mounts) so a one-piece glass can go in. I assume I would then need to construct a new upper door ledge to match the front piece??? Has anyone done this? Any advice or help is greatly appreciated.

BTW, Iíve ordered hidden hinge kits from Rocky Hinge and understand that the glass must be done FIRST, before doing the hinges. Any thoughts on this??

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Did it on my '40 Chev ragtop. If you don't mind the work and the fiddling and diddling to make this thing run smoothly then go ahead. I installed power windows and that was a job in itself as parts of the inner door panel had to be removed which make the lower part of the door flimsy. When removing the vent glass you do not have a straight line with the side glass and so therefore you have to weld to the outside of the door a piece of formed angle (to match the door contour). I'm assuming that this is a 2 dr. sedan. Then you have to make metal "U's" to hold the weather stripping for the glass to ride up and down (one side). You realize that this makes the glass very large. I have a friend that did the same on his '47 Chev. 2 dr. When finished he said that what he went through wasn't worth the trouble as the glass was very large for the power window units and the glass kept sticking going up. As to the hinges....talked to too many people and they all say the same....it's a lot, lot, lot of work and so I left mine alone. Hope this helps a little.
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Did it on my '40 Chev ragtop. If you don't mind the work and the fiddling and diddling to make this thing run smoothly then go ahead. I installed power windows and that was a job in itself as parts of the inner door panel had to be removed which make the lower part of the door flimsy. When removing the vent glass you do not have a straight line with the side glass and so therefore you have to weld to the outside of the door a piece of formed angle (to match the door contour). I'm assuming that this is a 2 dr. sedan. Then you have to make metal "U's" to hold the weather stripping for the glass to ride up and down (one side). You realize that this makes the glass very large. I have a friend that did the same on his '47 Chev. 2 dr. When finished he said that what he went through wasn't worth the trouble as the glass was very large for the power window units and the glass kept sticking going up. As to the hinges....talked to too many people and they all say the same....it's a lot, lot, lot of work and so I left mine alone. Hope this helps a little.
Hey 27, thanks for the heads up. Actually, it's a 4 door sedan. We've had about a half dozen cars, all coupes. Whenever we would go for more than a w/e, we would have to pull a trailer for all the stuff. And forget buying anything while ur out. Now, a family could live in the back seat of this one. Plenty of room to stretch out!!
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