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Old 08-06-2009, 12:19 AM
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Hi everyone:

I am a newbie. 3 days with a 60 hardtop. Got er home and cracked the passenger side window. I have not got a manual yet but how difficult is it to locate window glass and then replace the window? I believe the front window is lightly tinted blue (car is corinthian white with turquoise interior) and it seems the other windows are clear. Is that possible?

Is there a good supplier of front windshields. Thanks for all your help everyone. I paid my membership dues today for a great forum.

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Old 08-06-2009, 01:23 AM
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Hi Redneck! First of all, thanks for financially supporting this Forum. Now you can post pictures on any of the Forums. When you are creating a new post and want to post pictures, click on Go Advanced. Under that you will find Additional Options and then you will find Manage Attachments. By clicking on that you will be able to upload pictures. Keep them to below 800x600 and watch the file size. If they are to big, the system should tell you that. Then you can downsize them if necessary and reload them.

A number of the guys have replaced glass in their windows, and I will let them cover how to do that when they get one here. As for finding a new windshield, IF you have any Pick N Pull type places up there, or junkyards that have Tbirds in them, see if you can find a 60 hardtop and pull the windshield off it. That is probably the best and easiest way to go about replacing a windshield. Others can perhaps tell you of other sources. You might also try our Search engine and type in "windshield" or "windshields" and see what you get. I have not tried that yet, but you should get something.

Also, call John Draxler of Tbird Ranch in Wisconsin. He has a lot of Squarebirds parts off of his parts cars he had. If you do not catch him on the phone, try emailing him.

John R. Draxler
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7158 Highway B
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:50 AM
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Hey Rich,
If you go to http://squarebirds.fortunecity.com/Technical/master.htm You will find where I have posted how to Replace power window glass. If you need anything else please let me know!
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:13 AM
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Well, Rich...the cost of a new windscreen is like

replacing one can be a hair-puller.... side glass is fairly easier and a bit more readily available... power windows?

See if you can't locate some logo's on each of the windows, there was a tinted glass used for the '60's...
have a gander at your ROT - it might say Sun-X on it

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Old 08-06-2009, 07:25 PM
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Rich Cathie is correct that the tinted glass ( 58-60 ) was called Sun-X which is slightly tinted. You can verify all windows (sides included ) by placing a piece of white paper / cardboard on the inside of the glass and looking in and it shouldn't be clear if tinted. Now having said that usually if the windshield was Sun-X glass the back and sides should be to. Ray is correct that John Draxler should have some.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:46 PM
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Hi everyone:

Thanks for the tips on my cracked windshield and side window. The ROT is barely readable but in the tinted glass blank it says 1. Does that mean it is tinted? I checked with white paper in the background and all windows have this light blue green tint to them. I hope to replace the glass so will begin the process of searching. Thanks for everything folks.

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Old 08-06-2009, 08:54 PM
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Hey Redneck,
More than likely it is solex. Thats what I replaced Christine's with and it is a perfect match. Did you read my post on how to replace door glass?
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Richard:

I found that one side window is FMCo and the other o ne that is cracked is PPG with code numbers and it looks like a perfect match to the original window on the other side.

I am still trying to navigate this site to get to prior posts so no, I have not been to your post on replacing side window glass. Hope to find my way there soon.

I also appreciated the lead to Thunderbird Ranch. Called him and no luck with the glass but he had 3 manuals for me so I ordered them out.

Now another perplexing issue. I am parking the bird outside to air out the old moth ball odor and later in the day as I admire her, I notice rear tail lights are on. I wiggle around on the light switch and they turn off. Parked it in the garage for the night with tail lights off and I went back in there now and they are on again. Wiggle the old light switch and off they go. Anyone else had these phantom lights. Its like this baby is telling me she wants to go cruising.

Thanks for all the help folks.

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Here is what www.tbirdsquare.com says about Box #38 on a ROT Sheet.

38. TINT. GLASS = 1: Car was assembled with a tinted windshield. If the car had been assembled with tinted windows and a tinted windshield, I would expect the code number to have been a "2".

So, since you said that box had a "1" in it, it looks like only the windshield came out of the factory tinted. However, as others have said, do the test to see if your windows are tinted. It could be that someone changed them over the years.

To help get rid of the mothball odor, try putting some of those scented anti-static sheets that you put in a clothes drier in the car...

As for your phantom light problem, I will let the other more technically inclined members answer that.

If you do a copy/paste and put this link into your browser, you will see the Technical links there, and the one about replacying windows. Or you can just click on it and it should come up.

http://squarebirds.fortunecity.com/Technical/master.htm

Good luck! You are doing well.
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Richard:

I found that one side window is FMCo and the other o ne that is cracked is PPG with code numbers and it looks like a perfect match to the original window on the other side.

I am still trying to navigate this site to get to prior posts so no, I have not been to your post on replacing side window glass. Hope to find my way there soon.

I also appreciated the lead to Thunderbird Ranch. Called him and no luck with the glass but he had 3 manuals for me so I ordered them out.

Now another perplexing issue. I am parking the bird outside to air out the old moth ball odor and later in the day as I admire her, I notice rear tail lights are on. I wiggle around on the light switch and they turn off. Parked it in the garage for the night with tail lights off and I went back in there now and they are on again. Wiggle the old light switch and off they go. Anyone else had these phantom lights. Its like this baby is telling me she wants to go cruising.

Thanks for all the help folks.

Redneck
Redneck - feel free to shoot me a pm or email through my profile ( click on my name of this post, and it will open a drop down menu, choose view public profile, and you can either choose PM through here, or email...I've placed my email addys in the Biography section - I can help with the PC and surfing questions to shorted your learning time, so you can get to the juicy bits faster, LOL )

The code numbers on the windows are actually build dates of the glass, ford made their own for a while, and when they began to 'farm out' the orders, also had them date coded
If yours say Fomoco, you should be able to see a XX SUN-X XXX type of code this would be a letter/number as in month and year - Sun-X is tinted glass and the last three are the safety rating...commonly AS1 or AS2

That being said, if you have all numbers without any letters, that glass is older than your '60 should have been (factory) issued.

I will have a gander for some glass for you, I will assume you want to replace both the windscreen and side pass. door window in the same tinted versions, if not holler, LOL

Smells:
Two words : charcoal and baking soda
Go to walmart or where ever and get some fish tank charcoal - please not Hartz brand but if its the only thing there...

Get a low flat pan that will fit on the floor board flat or several old spaghetti jar lids... rinse the charcoal with luke warm water to get it activated...Do Not Dry.... place it in a single, but loosely jumbled layer (so it can breathe) in either container. Place in car with windows UP for the first week - the second week you can leave one open if the car's protected from rain.

After the second week you can alternate 2 days baking soda to 1 day charcoal to use up the remaining charcoal, simply placing a box of baking soda in both the front and rear floor boards - just like the 'fridge, pop the top and set it down... when using the car, simply remove either of these and replace upon return.

If you have a vinyl interior you can speed the whole process up by wiping down the entire interior with a solution:

1 Quart of hydrogen peroxide 3%
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon dish soap

Not in direct sunlight: windows or doors open for air ( disconnect the positive battery lead ) :

Use a WET but not dripping cloth and wipe the entire interior stem to stern... you want to see a decent glistening smear from the solution, but no running rivers sloshing about...

A note here: if your bucket of solution is becoming filthy, Stop at once and do this:
3 Tablespoons Dawn dish soap in a 1/2 gallon of water, and a 1/4 cup of mint mouth wash... soft scrub wet wash out the entire interior, towel damp dry as you go along, then let it air dry the rest of the way - a smell can't be removed if it has to go through 5 years of dirt.... once the solution appears as 'normal' then proceed....

let air dry

wait a few days and see, probably will need three applications

( for those that have interest, this also will remove skunk smell from yer pooch or vehicle )

As for your lamps, disconnect the positive battery cable whenever the car is parked until we get this sorted - there will be questions and investigative methods posted as to the remedy... It could be a bad switch/ground/loose wire connection - among other reasons, but you sure don't want to be having a dead battery issue...
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