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Old 10-07-2011, 06:59 AM   #1
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Best material to fix broken window pane

1969 Overlander back window. Can I use plexiglass to fix a broken shattered glass in my back window which rolls out? Is this considered a fire escape window? Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-07-2011, 08:59 AM   #2
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I would think that good quality lexan would be an acceptable replacement.

I know on our Classic the rear window is the emergency exit, it just has a quick release for the inner screen, not sure if it's the same on yours.

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Old 10-07-2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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Go get a glass shop to make you a tempered glass replacement.
If you use Lexan make sure it is SR (scratch resistant) but ....from what I have experienced...the synthetic replacements are easily recognizable and do not look good on a Vintage.
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Ditto on Lexan (polycarbonate) it lasts longer than plexiglass. But get the UV resisitent type.

I also agree tempered glass is better than any plastic
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:56 PM   #5
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1969 Overlander back window. Can I use plexiglass to fix a broken shattered glass in my back window which rolls out? Is this considered a fire escape window? Thanks for your help.
I took the rear window out of my 69 and had our local glass shop install a new piece of temp glass they had no problem doing that. Make sure that the window locks apply an even pressure when latching or they will twist the frame and crack the glass. If its a safety window you want to be able to get through it fast.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:00 PM   #6
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How much did you spend on the window? I just picked up a '69 overlander with all of the windows broken out. Thanks for any info.
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How much did you spend on the window? I just picked up a '69 overlander with all of the windows broken out. Thanks for any info.
Lexan can be used, but be prepared for a 'blow out" since it flexes and the glass does not.

The next issue is taking the window frames apart. There is a hidden steel bare internally that holds the 2 window frame (sash) together. Depending on how rusty it may be, separating the 2 halves can be challenging.

The gray gasket is not available, and neither are the 69 hinges. Use extreme caution when riveting the hinge back in place, so that it does not warp.

If you wish to use 1970 windows, the hinges must be taken off the 69 windows and installed on the early 70's windows. The 70's hinges will snap all the rivets if you tried to install them on a 69.

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Lexan is lighter than glass of equivalent thickness. It also has a lower Flex modulus so that is why it can blow out. I have used it for 23 years and never had a problem. SR is nice but not necessary, if you are careful to flush the particulate off it before you use a rag or paper towel.
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