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1972 rear window (1/7)
 2/15/19 1:48pm
Espressomorning
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, - Canada

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1972 Corvette Stingray Coupe, 350 Base engine, p/s, p/b, a/c, automatic. All as original, 55,000 miles.


Joined: 7/13/2016
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Hi, just wondering if anyone has ever converted a 1973 style rear window frame to a 1972 style. The used '72s are hard to find and very expensive considering the condition their usually in and don't always have the wedge guides; or ship to Canada. Not sure if the guides would just screw on like the 72, and if it's possible to cut out  notch's at the top for the latch's. Of course I'm assuming they would be the same overall size.
I'm actually looking to take a 1973 or later non pop out window frame and turn it into a 1972 pop out type. It would need notches cut out for the locking latches and the wedge guides bolted on. I just don't know if the frames are interchangeable enough to allow for the modification. At least they sell reproduction 1973 and up frames for a reasonable price. The reason is I want to have a custom rear window for shows and novelty that can be switched easily. 
I had a 1974 back in the day and did the same thing, it just pushed in and out with the putty mostly holding in place.  


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Re: 1972 rear window (2/7)
 2/13/19 9:57pm
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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I considered it once in 1975 when all the parts were still available from Chevrolet but gave it up as too expensive for the value gained. I did find adding factory air and power windows to be worth the money however. Probably the cheapest way to go today would be to find a Corvette salvage facility and pull the necessary parts from an existing wrecked Corvette.

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Re: 1972 rear window (3/7)
 2/15/19 12:25pm
OLE442
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1976 with less than 50,000 actual miles. My cousin owned it since the mid 80's and was the third owner. When he passed away, I bought it and am just taking care of it for him.


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I am right now working on several things on my 1976 Vette. One of them is converting the fixed year window to a removable 68-72 style. I have all the parts for the rear window and the storage try for it. I even acquired the latch piece for the later style push button storage tray which took a while to find. I appear to have all the hardware and screws and all the latches and the original halo's with the cut outs for the latches. When I get in there I may find something else I need but I'm pretty sure I have it all! I may put the window set up in and skip the rear storage for now and even sell that or part off......not sure. My car is a low mileage car and the fixed window is pretty firmly installed. I'm looking at how to get it out without using a straight cutter. I can't access this from the inside and I really don't want to start from the outside because one slip and there goes my nice paint! Still looking to see if I can find an angled cutter or something to access the seal from the interior of the car. I'm a nervous person and will think this out for a while and see where it goes. I'd really like to convert it but we'll see! 
Re: 1972 rear window (4/7)
 2/15/19 1:08pm
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


Joined: 7/9/2003
Posts: 565

My rear window was actually held in with some sticky rope caulk similar to what they put on the inner door panel seals to hold them in place. Needless to say it only lasted about a year-and-a-half before it started coming loose. I replaced it with RTV silicone.

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Re: 1972 rear window (5/7)
 5/23/19 4:27am
OLE442
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1976 with less than 50,000 actual miles. My cousin owned it since the mid 80's and was the third owner. When he passed away, I bought it and am just taking care of it for him.


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Well, I installed the removable rear window and decided against installing the push button storage tray (It's for sale on the forum) because I really don't want to drill holes in the rear bulkhead/carpet and I really don't fit well in confined spaces anymore...LOL! The rear window works great but the seal itself was a real PITA to install.

I bought a tactical rifle bag that works perfectly for the removable rear window and fits like it was made for it. Took a bit of searching to find the exact sized one though. The last picture of it is where it's stored on top of the T-tops which I've now put back there and have the handle woven into the hold down strap so it doesn't go flying in a sudden stop.

I also added a Realistic Mini 8 track tape player to the parking brake console and a Soundbar type speaker system. Yes, I'm stuck in the 70's. It sounds as good as it did back in the day with my collection of classic 8 track tapes. 😎

Photos of all are below:






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Re: 1972 rear window (6/7)
 5/22/19 8:10pm
73shark
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.


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How did you finally get the original glass cut loose from the body? And could you use the original glass in the frame or did you have to buy a frame with glass already installed?

 

FWIW, I still have an Akai open reel recorder that has an 8-track record and play function built into the side that I picked up in Subic Bay back in the late sixties. So you are not the only one still in the 70s.  ;)



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Re: 1972 rear window (7/7)
 5/23/19 4:23am
OLE442
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1976 with less than 50,000 actual miles. My cousin owned it since the mid 80's and was the third owner. When he passed away, I bought it and am just taking care of it for him.


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I used an old guitar string. I pushed a thin tool through a part of the seal and got the guitar string fed through. Slowly I moved around the window, cutting the seal and being careful not to scrape any of the paint off on the outside of the car. The fixed rear window is bigger than the glass of the removable one so you need to buy a 68-72 rear window to make this work. The frame and glass of the removable unit are approx. the same dimensions as the fixed glass.

It is cool to have the option on the later C3 but I'll keep the old glass and trim parts just in case I want to ever go back.



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