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Unread 05-24-2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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How to get the side glass out of a hardtop?

I want to swap the glass from this beater top I cut up for the half top into mine full hardtop. How much of a PITA is it, and, how is the easiest way to do it, thanks!

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Unread 05-25-2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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The factory side glass is installed using a polysulfide butyl sealant, basically glued in place. The exterior weatherstrip is "T" shaped and can be removed by carefully prying it out with a putty knife or similar tool. Glaziers have a glass removal tool with a blade shaped like an "L" that slides behind the glass from the outside and is then pulled around the glass, cutting the sealant free. You can also cut the glass free from the inside using SLIGHT pressure as you cut along the sealant with a regular razor knife. Single edge razor blade will then clean up any remaining sealant on the glass, spray and wipe, ready to reinstall.....
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Unread 05-25-2009, 07:42 AM   #3
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If it is an older top the glass is in the same way it is in the older rear windows of a truck. The rubber gasket holds it in place.

From the inside, take a thin hard plastic putty knife, pry thr gasket from the outside egde while putting slight pressure pushing the glass to the outside, work your way around until it pops out,

to reinatall the glass, get a small diameter rope or thick string, put vasoline on the rope and gasket, then put the gasket on the glass,put the rope/string in the groove that will go aroung the actual opening, set one edge in the opening of the top,,, and slowly pull the rope as someone holds the glass in place. As ya pull the rope, it brings the gasket edge into the opening.
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It's the style that Feetwet was talking about, with the rubber trim piece and the sealant/glue between the glass and the top. The sealant is so hard, I had to fight to get a box cutter blade in between the top and the glass. I was just wondering if there was an easier way. I'll try to get that tool that Feetwet mentioned, and try that. Thanks, guys!

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is the glass scrathced or something ? why the swap ?
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is the glass scrathced or something ? why the swap ?
The glass on the top I found has the factory tinted glass, and the glass in my top isn't tinted at all. Thought, since I'm parting out the top, might as well get the tinted glass for myself, and sell the rest,

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I've seen some glass guys use a wire to cut the glue. Takes 2 people 1 in 1 out.
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Just got back. here's a link to the knife. It's called a windshield removal tool. About 18 bucks. Harbor Freight probably has em too.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...atchallpartial
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Just got back. here's a link to the knife. It's called a windshield removal tool. About 18 bucks. Harbor Freight probably has em too.

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...atchallpartial
I have the exact same tool....My suggestion would be to take the donor top glass out first....One wrong move and the glass will crack very easily....if you can get the donor glass out without cracking it, you won't have to worry so much if yours breaks.
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Thanks, guys! I agree, Ill try my hand at the found top, if that doesn't go well, I'll still have my full top intact,

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