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1955 Packard Clipper question

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Hi, I inherited a 1955 Packard Clipper as well as many other parts. I have either a windshield or a back window...not sure how to determine. Can someone help me in determining which it is, a front or a back window?

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Hi, I inherited a 1955 Packard Clipper as well as many other parts. I have either a windshield or a back window...not sure how to determine. Can someone help me in determining which it is, a front or a back window?

Posting a photo should make it easy

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The windshield is much taller and has more of a curve around the sides than the rear window. If you Google "1955 Packard images" you should come up with a hit.

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Yes, the windshield would be larger, taller, and more straight up and down (less angled) than the rear window.

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Well, if you have a car and a piece of glass, I would think that a tape measure would be your best friend

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If it's a windshield it would be laminated. Two pieces of glass glued together and very obvious looking at the edges.

impala

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If it has wiper marks it's most likely a W/S............Bob

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1955 Packards had a wrap-around windshield with vertical ends where the door joined it (where the vent glass was located). There would be no confusing the windshield and the back glass. Can't you post a photo?

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thanks to all. The car I have is complete and is a 400. All of the extra parts I have are from the Clipper. I don't have another glass (back window) to compare to. I did measure the glass and it is 18 1/2 inches tall so I imagine it is a windshield.

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If it's a windshield it would be laminated. Two pieces of glass glued together and very obvious looking at the edges.

impala

All automotive glass used since the mid 1930s is laminated safety glass, not just windshields.

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All automotive glass since the mid 1930s is laminated safety glass, not just windshields.

Not entirely true, tempered glass was widely used in the 1950s and 1960s, the rear window of my 1957 Pontiac is tempered.

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Not entirely true, tempered glass was widely used in the 1950s and 1960s, the rear window of my 1957 Pontiac is tempered.

I stand corrected. Now that I think about it the side glass in most new cars today is tempered not laminated. Probably rear windows as well.

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I stand corrected. Now that I think about it the side glass in most new cars today is tempered not laminated. Probably rear windows as well.

That's correct. Only windshields are laminated. I don't understand the confusion as it's very easy to see two pieces of glass when looking at the edge. There's also a thin piece of plastic film laminated between the two pieces that's invisible until the glass is broken. The plastic is there to keep the glass from flying all over the place when broken.

impala

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Hi Curtis,

I would love to sell the windshield. I have so many parts and hate to see them just sitting and not being put to good use. Can you send me your email and I will send you the photos I have.

Thanks,

Debbie dspannan@yahoo.com

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