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Side Glass On 65 Riviera

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I was wondering if the side glass on our cars is considered Flat or not ? I am in the resto of my car,1965 , and I am wondering about new glass for the vent -side and rear side glass. Any one out there ever had new glass cut for their car ? I wonder about polishing the original stuff too ? Any input would be great !! Thanks ... Pyntre

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Yes I have seen this listing on Ebay ... Lots of stuff out there that "might work" but is it really The Quality for a full resto? Has anyone purshased glass from this ebay listing , Can't beat the price thats for sure !!!

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The window are flat glass. Any glass shop can cut them for you if they have a template. Anything you have made won't have the proper ID data on it though.

Ed

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Thanks for the info , that makes putting new glass in the car a bunch easier for sure !! Does anyone have a recommendation on a quality glass shop in or around the Minneapolis / St Paul MN area that does that kind of work ? I would really not want to pay for shipping on glass / Heavy / plus the breakage factor ! There sure is alot to think about when putting a Full Size Model back together...

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I just talked to one of the major glass suppliers that advertise in Hemmings , He told me that the vent and rear quarter glass is flat but that the door glass is curved and maybe different on 65 than on 63 /64 as it has holes at the bottom for mounting it to the regulator. Any way he said he wouldn 't cut the door glass as its curved ... Any ideas ....???

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A few of us MN boys parted a '65 some years back-seems to me the glass survived, but I can't recall if it was clear or tinted-check with Tim Mc, as he was involved.

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Pyntre,

The supplier doesn't know what he is talking about. The side glass is all flat. Is your glass damaged? I know French Lake has about a half dozen 63-65's laying around. I think I may have some in the shed and Tim McClusky or his brother should have some also. Is yours clear or tinted?

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All six pieces of side glass on the first generation Rivieras are flat as a flittler. The only curve to any of these pieces is at the top of the door glass that goes along with the roof line. (Picture in the lower right corner.)The '65 may have the bolt on glass rather than the pressed in glass, you can tell this by removing one of the door skins. None of this should be a problem for a good glass man. Find out who the local rodders and custom car guys use in your neighborhood to do the glass on their cars; he can do yours for you.

Here are some pictures of my under restoration '64 taken with my trusty carpenter's square.

Do yourself a favor; stick with the comments from the guys whose passion is their car and know them well, not some guy who knows a little about a lot of cars. These forums won't do you a lot of good if you revert back to the general knowledge people.

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Thanks for all the replies and information guys ! I have all the glass from my car but it all has a sandblast / etched look to it . My car came out of the high desert of southern Colorado and maybe lived through a few sandstorms in its day. I have looked into polishing the glass but have found thats not really as easy as it sounds ! So my next step is replacing the glass ,hence my original question on this topic . I have all the glass out of the car presently and did lay a level across it and it does seem Flat . Maybe not NASA flat, but flat enough for what we are talking about. I did do some more calling around and found a small company in Ham Lake Mn. that said they can do the cutting with my windows as templates , and have the ability to drill the required holes for the regulator. Isn't this FUN ......:rolleyes: Thanks and I welcome any more info you all are willing to share !!

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Hello Fellas,

Good info on the glass. Now, I'm also looking for a OE Soft-Ray tint Driver's side Rear Qtr window for my '65 w/ power windows. eBayISAPI.dll?VISuperSize&item=400145088435

Found the one in the photo from a '64 Riv.

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So my question is -will this be an exact fit for the '65 too, or was the '65 side glass (OR FRAME?) different from '64?

What's this I hear about a regulator & holes -in/on which window/s? -Is it a height regulator? I haven't opened mine all up yet.

-Take care.

-Erik

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The rear quarter glass is Set in its frame ,same as the vent window glass and the door glass on my 65 is held to the window regulator with 4 small bolts that go through the bottom edge of the glass , holes through the glass. I don't know if 63 /64 Rivs are the same or not ....Take lots of pictures and mark where everything goes / is attached to what inside the doors if you take it all apart , sorta complex to just FIGURE OUT...

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I always love it when the students start becoming the teachers. :D

Very good advice and you've cleared up some things for a lot of people. The 63/64 door glass is mounted like the quarter glass and the vent window glass.

Besides taking a bunch of pictures (lots easier now in the era of digital photography) a wise move is to get a chassis manual for yourself for your particular car. There are invaluable illustrations in them that are a tremendous help.

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Thanks Pyntre & all,

Hmmm, sounds like the '64 window may not be an exact "easy -alteration-free" swap into my '65. -Or only look different & be more likely to come loose not bolted in...?

I guess I'll skip buying the ($30) '64 LR window & wait for a '65 OE one.

-Erik

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Just wanted to chime in.. our family has been in the glass business since 1953 so we/ they used to carry and install a lot of this glass. I remember when you could get some NOS tempered glass for these cars.

I do have access to a new clear door glass PPG manufactured for $175 + UPs. It's not in our inventory and unfortunately it is clear but it is for the 65 Riviera. It has 4 holes tempered- Glass Part# DT4469.

I think we sell the windshields for less money.

FYI: We have some late 60's side glass NOS if anyone can use at a good price.

Richard

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Sanders quoted me basically $100 for qtr and vent combined, $100 for door glass and $460 for rear.

So, $200 per side for the flat stuff.

That was tinted and tempered but no OEM stampings.

Got feedback from one of the Riviera glass purchasers (there were only 2) from the eBay guy and he said it was a nightmare. Glass was not tempered, just laminated. Also said the leading edge of the door glass was curved and he had water leaks. Then said they wouldn't return his calls.

When it is time, I will probably go with Sanders.

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Thanks to all that responded to my question about glass for these cars !! I followed up with Sanders this morning and was given the same info as GEE RYDES stated in the previous post. I was impressed that the company knew right away that there was a differance between 63 64 and 65 window glass with the holes. Lots of options as far as tint and color and if you read their website it seems to me this isn't their first BBQ .I will be sending my business their way .... Whats next on the list on this full size model to conquer ....Oh yeah, figuring out those linear actuators for the headlights ....CARRY ON :D

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Wow,

Not sure how I missed this thread! The MSRA guys use a couple of glass places locally, some of them offer "LOF" date coding for the glass. One of the business's mentioned is Lakeland Motors Glass Shop in Ham Lake, 763-755-6497. They date code, polish the edges, set them in the frames and install if you would like that too.

I've actually had good luck with Auto Glass Specialists, "the guys in the little red trucks".

The glass is different from a 63 to 65. I found that out from installing a drivers side window glass into my 63! If I remember right, the 63 uses an aluminum window run channel/flange and the 65 uses a stamped steel one. They will bolt onto the regulator, but the 65 window sticks up about a 1/4 to 3/8th of an inch above the chrome molding on the door if installed in a 63. My blue car has been like this since 2003!

Good Luck,

Tim

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By the way the back window should run $400 or less not counting freight. They have been remanufactured tempered.

Sheldon is a good person to deal with at lakeland Motors in MN. We have sold to most companies out there over the years (actually decades).

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Dang you with a parts car in Nashville after I PCS out. Are the floorpans in any good shape?

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