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Title: WTB Windshield
Post by: dick1172762 on June 10, 2017, 11:15:17 AM
Anybody out there know a company that has 79/80 glue in windshields for a Pinto? The only one I found on E-gay cost more than I payed for the car.
Title: Re: WTB Windshield
Post by: Wittsend on June 10, 2017, 11:27:40 PM
Sorry to say, I don't.  But, if you will allow me I want to encourage those who are die hard owners of specific cars that windshields can be a difficult and costly item to replace.  While wrecking yards might be a source older cars regardless of how many were made are getting harder to find. And regarding the glue in style Dick needs they can be a pain to get out - and not broken in the process.

I learned a lesson the hard way. I bought a '64 Studebaker off Ebay and did not inquire about the windshield because it looked intact.  When I picked the car up there was a very obvious crack 3 feet long (the deception of low res pictures).  I called the "go to" company, what I was told would be the ONE PLACE that would have one.  When I inquired how many they had the woman said, "ONE."  When I asked her if they would be getting more she said, "NOT LIKELY." With shipping it was going to cost abut $700 to get a windshield.

  I tried to source one locally in So. Cal. but there were none to be found. Eventually after a years search I wound up paying $100 a piece for two used windshields with scratches and bull's-eye's that were 400 miles away.  They were also "wagon" windshields and the guy had to cut the corners slightly (carefully - with an angle grinder) to make them fit a sedan.  I also spent 10 hours building a cradle that would support them in my sons Honda Civic to transport them to me.

So, based on this experience I highly recommend to seize upon ANY opportunity to get a spare.  Right now my storage area has spare windshields for my '61 Corvair wagon, my Studebaker and my Pinto.  Most any part for a car can be remade or adapted. But the windshield..., NO. Also make sure the car you are buying has a good windshield.  You just can't pick one up down the street for $100 anymore.

Dick, I hope you can find one locally and for not much cash. I know the pain of finding one and the potential cost involved.
Title: Re: WTB Windshield
Post by: dick1172762 on June 11, 2017, 10:02:55 AM
Oh boy you sure don't paint a pretty picture. There is one early windshield for $343 plus $189 shipping and one late glue in windshield for $523 plus $189 shipping. Both are new. There at Ford Pinto Windshield on E-Gay. Both are in Belleville, NJ. Thanks Wittsend for your post.
Title: Re: WTB Windshield
Post by: Wittsend on June 11, 2017, 04:26:54 PM
Yea, those glue in's can be a pain to get out of a car too.  I was loading logs into my daily drive Mazda Protege last year through the rear seat passage.  The last log fulcrum-ed on a log below and went up into the windshield.  There was a 40% off sale at Pick Your Part the next weekend and a windshield would have been only $25. I had already invested about 2+ hours in painstakingly attempting to cut it out with a razor knife and a wire. I hit a snag about 2/3rds the way through, gave it a yank and the wire plowed sideways right through the glass for about 3".

To add injury to insult I had for the second time in two years gotten "frozen shoulder" for my effort to remove the glass.  It creeps up on you for a week after the unknown injury. Then it takes 9-12 months to heal limiting side motion of the arm to about zero.  Anyway, I went across the junk yard parking lot after the incident and was told for $100 CASH I could get a new windshield with installation. Should have done that in the first place given the near year of debilitation.
Title: Re: WTB Windshield
Post by: Reeves1 on June 12, 2017, 05:56:01 PM
Didn't read it all, so do not know if they have one for you....
Title: Re: WTB Windshield
Post by: dick1172762 on June 13, 2017, 11:18:39 AM
Looks like their all early 71/78 Pintos. The search goes on, the search goes on, exit stage left!
Title: Re: WTB Windshield
Post by: Vicrydr on September 13, 2017, 07:31:33 PM
Hi, don't know if you found a w/s or not. I purchased one for my 77 cruzin wagon nearly a month ago for 75 bucks from Goose Lake Auto Parts in Waconia, MN.  952-657-2221.  Had it shipped to my location for another 75 bucks. Bismarck, ND.  About 400 miles. They had 3 of them at that time. Happy hunting.