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From: Jackson, TN
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 04-25-2001 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bibbs68   Click Here to Email bibbs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a '68 coupe with 2 major scratches in the windshield as well as a rock chip the size of a nickel. I called a local place here in town (Jack Morris Auto Glass) for a replacement cost. They said to replace the glass I would need to buy the aluminum trim that goes around it because it would be damaged when removed. In addition to that, a factory replacemenmt is $1,000+ and a reproduction is $300+. Is there a cheaper place to get glass for my car, would the factory replacement say "Auto-Lite", and would the aluminum trim around the window get damaged if done right?

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From: Walla Walla, Wa, USA
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posted 04-25-2001 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fordfan   Click Here to Email fordfan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm.... Well the CJ-pony Parts online Catalog shows Windsheilds for $179.95... (but they cannot be shipped ). sounds like the glass shop is trying to rip you

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From: Rohnert Park, CA USA M&M member#591
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posted 04-25-2001 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nos351C   Click Here to Email Nos351C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a good chance that they will damage the trim when they pull it off, it *is* possible to take off without damaging though.
On the window, the factory replacement should have the correct autolite stampings. For thatp rice it ought to make coffee the next morning too...
I just put a new windshield in my 68, I paid 175 for the window and 75 for the install with new attaching clips for the trim, and gaurantee against leaks. I put the (new) trim back on myself..

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From: Summerfield Oh USA
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posted 04-25-2001 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Buckmaster   Click Here to Email The Buckmaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are busting your chops.Any pro could remove the moldings with out damage and 300 is way to high.I could understand replacing the windshield seal but the stainless moldings is a crock.Find another place.

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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 04-25-2001 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is sort of related ... I remember someone (Alex maybe?) saying how modern glass is so much lighter. I've got a spare windshield waiting for the day something nasty happens to the one in the car, but it sure weighs a lot. What would the weight saving be with modern glass?

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