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Old 02-13-2014, 08:44 PM
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Hinged window

I have a '62 Ranchero that I have been flipping around ideas on my rear window. There is not a rear slider made to fit. And opinions are one would not look good. So is it possible , how hard or crazy would it be to drill the window for hinges like some van and suv windows. Thanks Ken.

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I owned one of those Rancheros, I personally can't imagine a need for this in anyway. First off, you can't drill holes in that glass, it's tempered and would literally explode. So you would have to get different glass. If I HAD to have that window open I would make it a roll down. It would take a bunch of work but really not that hard to pull off. cut out the pinch weld, put in a channel along the sides with a slot along the bottom and make a regulator mount to hold a sheet of glass to go up and down in the channel. You would have to have the glass cut as it would need to be taller than the original. Flat glass could be used even though I don't think the original is perfectly flat.

Btu then again I would have to ask, why?

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I agree with Brian. The simplest way would be to make the window roll down, and there are thousands of station wagons that could provide the pieces to get you started
If you really want a sliding window, take a good look around at the nearest RV dealer
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I was just thinking of more ventilation in the summer. Maybe a salvage yard rear air and heat out of a van would be easier. Thanks for advice on the window.
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Why don't you just install A/C?

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That would be a crazy huge piece of glass to put on hinges, and it will NEVER-EVER seal tight enough to be quiet. It will leak.
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That wouldn't be an issue, there are many cars out there with huge pieces of glass on hinges, look at a 90's Camaro! The big problem is the glass is tempered, that and it's just a bad idea on many levels.

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The only reason for I was not going for air is just because of the money. $800-$1000. I read an article a while back where guys were putting an air/heat unit out of a van( the rear air/heat small ones). Beings it is a Ranchero I want seating for three and a under dash would stop that (I have a bench seat).
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That wouldn't be an issue, there are many cars out there with huge pieces of glass on hinges, look at a 90's Camaro!
Seems to me the 80's GM wagons did, too
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I read an article a while back where guys were putting an air/heat unit out of a van( the rear air/heat small ones).
If ... and this is a big if ... It will fit under the seat, it sounds like a plan
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