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  • Body / Glass: Door Window Channel

    Hello: I am working on my '51 Champion Starlight Coupe door window installation. What I am trying to do is install new window channels. Specifically the approximately 17 inch long U channel that goes on the door latch side of the window. Originally the channel is attached to the two brackets with rivets. I purchased new U channels from SI for the purpose. I drilled out the rivets in the old one but discovered the old channels have a recess for the rivet head. But it I just rivet the brackets to the new channel I am afraid the
    rivet heads will contact the glass. To those who have done this, how did you attach the new channel to the old brackets? Thanks for any and all advice. Larry


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    Go ahead and drill the holes in the u-channel. Then find some old hunk of fine-grained hardwood and drill a shallow hole in it about 1/16" dia larger than the rivet heads. (I actually prefer to use pan head screws and nuts. Place the U-channel over the hole in the hardwood and with a punch the size of the rivet head gently form the back of the channel down into the wood with some surprisingly light hammer blows. Might want to do a test somewhere in the middle of your new channel where it wont matter.

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    • #3
      What Ross said.
      I laid mine on soft pine rather than hardwood. Then drilling a recess wasn't necessary.
      Brad Johnson,
      SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
      '56 Sky Hawk in process

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      • #4
        Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
        What Ross said.
        I laid mine on soft pine rather than hardwood. Then drilling a recess wasn't necessary.
        I've done similar. The ball end of an old push rod works to punch a recess, or use a steel ball and a flat punch to tap the ball. I save various size ball bearings for jobs like this.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the good tips, I will use them. I will also take the suggestion to use pan head screws instead of rivets.

          Larry

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          • #6
            Got the side channels taken care of, (see top post), and am now trying to set the door glass into the bottom channel. I have the setting tape I purchased from SI, but when I try to fold it over the glass it breaks apart. Should I soak it in something first? What about using one of the urethane glass setting materials? Any and all suggestions will be appreciated. Larry

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Larry R View Post
              What about using one of the urethane glass setting materials?
              That's what I did. Just don't ever plan on removing it without it being a huge PITA. Should last long enough to be someone else's problem.
              Brad Johnson,
              SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
              '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
              '56 Sky Hawk in process

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              • #8
                How much urethane did you put in the channel? I would guess a little too much is better than not enough! My car after it came out of paint.

                Thanks for your tips. LarryClick image for larger version

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                • #9
                  I have some good flexible glass setting tape if you want to go that way.
                  Skip Lackie

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                  • #10
                    I might interested, what thickness is it? It would bend around the glass?

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                    • #11
                      Will not be able to look until Wed.
                      Skip Lackie

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                      • #12
                        Thanks anyway, I have found a local source for what I need.

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                        • #13
                          For the record, it is 1479x17, which is 3/32".
                          Skip Lackie

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