Growing up is amazing
... until you get old!

Today's Birthdays
Bud38
Featured Chat Guy (or Gal)
Registered: 05/30/17
Posts: 2
VCCA Member Photos
Getting ready for the 4th of July Parade
Interesting Delivery
32' Oldsmobile Dovetail Receptacle
32 Special Bracket ID
Chevrolet Trim Plate
Pilot Bushing Removal Tool artile
VCCA Member Projects
Search for 1927 trucks
57th installment - '28 engine tear down
56th installment - '28 engine tear down
55th installment - '28 engine tear down
54th installment - '28 engine tear down
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#384580 - 02/23/17 06:45 PM Hardtop Chrome Window Frames
Hawkeye Offline

Backyard Mechanic

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 483
Loc: Ohio
What is the best way to remove the chrome frames from the front door glass & rear quarter glass on a 1950 Belair Hardtop?

Top
#384583 - 02/23/17 07:19 PM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Hawkeye]
Chev Nut Online




Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 24305
Loc: West Allis,Wi.
When they were "fresh" soaking in mineral sprits would soften the material. Now, 65 years later it may be too hardened to work but worth a try.
_________________________
Chevgene

Top
#384681 - 02/26/17 09:14 AM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Chev Nut]
Hawkeye Offline

Backyard Mechanic

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 483
Loc: Ohio
If I can clean up the frames, I might not have to take them apart. Are the frames made of steel that was chrome plated or stainless steel?

Top
#384693 - 02/26/17 01:43 PM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Hawkeye]
brewster Offline




Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 3266
Loc: Ontario,Canada
Chevy's of the Forties sells a reproduction window frame for the door glass. May be a cheaper alternative to re-chroming.
_________________________
Those accustomed to the finest...find it in Chevrolet.

1951 2dr Deluxe Sedan
1950 Deluxe Convertible
2011 Equinox
2008 GMC SLT 4X4

Top
#384700 - 02/26/17 07:23 PM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Hawkeye]
Chev Nut Online




Registered: 01/08/02
Posts: 24305
Loc: West Allis,Wi.
The are chrome plated.
_________________________
Chevgene

Top
#384701 - 02/27/17 04:10 AM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Chev Nut]
Hawkeye Offline

Backyard Mechanic

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 483
Loc: Ohio
Thank You.

Top
#384711 - 02/27/17 07:24 AM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Hawkeye]
m006840 Offline



Registered: 11/30/02
Posts: 4395
Loc: merrimack nh
The shop I used to replace the glass in my 51 hardtop door window said they have a "channel driver tool" but even then it's a 50/50 proposition on success without damaging the glass. He also suggested a glue removal type product (such as GOO-GONE) to soak the tape holding the glass.
_________________________
Steve D

Top
#384742 - 02/27/17 04:13 PM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: m006840]
Hawkeye Offline

Backyard Mechanic

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 483
Loc: Ohio
Thanks, I'll give that a try as well.

Top
#385952 - 03/19/17 02:18 PM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Hawkeye]
Hawkeye Offline

Backyard Mechanic

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 483
Loc: Ohio
I was able to remove all the glass from the metal frames WITHOUT breaking one single piece of glass. I started on an extra rear quarter window that was already cracked. Both mineral spirits and Goo Gone worked well. I ended up using the Goo Gone because the bottle was easier to squirt the liquid right where I needed it to be. I used two very technical tools to accomplish this - a small Ford tool (hammer) and a wood shim cut down. I soaked the glass and let it set for about 10 minutes. I disassembled all the screws while the glass soaked in the G/G. I clamped the glass to my bench using some Luan plywood, a thick piece of rubber and a big "C" clamp. I slowing tapped with the wood shim from one end to the other. The radio just happened to be playing the Eagles "Take It Easy", so I did. After some time, you could see the molding begin to move. Because the side window and the vent window frames have angles to them, you cannot be to aggressive because you might just crack the metal frame in the corner. It was a great day in my very cold garage.


Top
#385960 - 03/19/17 04:00 PM Re: Hardtop Chrome Window Frames [Re: Hawkeye]
m006840 Offline



Registered: 11/30/02
Posts: 4395
Loc: merrimack nh
Thanks for the update and report of success. I will need to do the same on my 51 so it's good to know it can be done without disaster.
_________________________
Steve D

Top


Moderator:  Chevykid 
Your Status
Please login to post or reply.* * *
Send My Password
Who's Online
9 Chat Members (Doug's 38 2dr sedan, terrill, jaw33, 31chevyjg, SSR2004, Chev Nut, wesb, ocnrover, dfd37chev), 24 Lookie Loo's and 120 Spiders or Bots online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
We speak Chevy!
Time Flys!
Since 12/16/2001
Previous Photos
Newest Chat Registration
williamm, GuyMonroe, time2play, cintron, Idaho77
14766 Registered Users
VCCA Info Links
NEWBIES START HERE
CHAT HELP
* * *
Send My Password
* * *
Kill My Chat Cookies
* * *
VCCA Home
G&D Calendar
Judging
Club Regions
Join Info
* * * *
Forum Stats
14766 Chat Users
77 Forums
49027 Topics
358687 Posts

Max Online: 304 @ 06/18/16 03:00 AM
See the USA
In your
Dinah says Hi!!

 

Notice: Any comments posted herein do not necessarily reflect the official position of the VCCA.