Originally Posted by MTsafari
A few months ago I was searching this forum for information on replacing a broken (shattered actually) window in my 1970 Safari (one of the front curved ones) with Lexan. I found a thread that provided their step by step process and pictures. Now I can't find it again. Sound familiar to anyone?
Lesson learned. Now I know to hold on to those helpful threads and not rely on my memory.
Plastic of any kind is not recommended for a front window replacement. Since plastic flexes, they will usually pop out from the frame. Secondly, you will find that the gasket must be replaced, that is not available.
As a temorary fix, you can fasten Lexan to the outside of the wing window frame with screws, and seal it with Vulkem. If done correctly, the Lexan will not crack and it will save you some money.
That also eliminates the need to remove the wing window, taking the frame apart, which is not an easy task, putting the frame back together, with what now will be a bad gasket, and reinstalling the window with Olympic rivets, then shaving them down.
Most importantly, you will have a very difficult time removing the the "joiner" aluminum strip that holds the wing window to the front window, without damaging it. Then you will not be able to use it for reinstallation.
Last option. Replace the complete wing window. Your insurance company pays for comprehensive losses.