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Old July 30th, 2012, 12:46 PM
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Glass for van sides...alternatives?

Hi all,

I have a 90 station wagon with the "blank" van sides. I have it on my list of things "to do" to add side windows as per the NAS SWs.

What are the alternatives for adding sliding or fixed windows? Has anyone retrofitted RV-style windows to the Defender van sides? Or is it best for me to use the genuine LR or Paddocks rip-offs?

I would rather not spend $400-500 on these if possible...
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Old July 30th, 2012, 01:18 PM
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Use the windows out of a fiberglass hardttop. I have one here with seal you can have for dirt cheap. They are the same size as factory sliding windows. If you buy mine and take it to a shop, they will cut a replica for cheap for the other side.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 01:50 PM
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hey ron, does the fiberglass van side glass use the standard defender window trim to hold the glass in?

(the kind with the two-part seal)
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hey ron, does the fiberglass van side glass use the standard defender window trim to hold the glass in?

(the kind with the two-part seal)
It uses alpine window seal so I think the answer to your question is yes. Unlike the front windscreen, sides are easy to put in.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 02:08 PM
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An episode of Wheeler Dealer did this very mod.

http://www.wheelerdealer.com/
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An episode of Wheeler Dealer did this very mod.

http://www.wheelerdealer.com/
They used shit aftermarket windows.
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They used shit aftermarket windows.
They could have of used sheetrock for all I care, but the process to cut the hole remains the same. Trying to convince Ed that we’re available to chop holes in the side of his rig after a few beers at HH. I’ll bring the pneumatic nibbler!


Edit -- just realized my sheetrock reference probably came out wrong, sorry, no bad intentions. I started by saying MDF board because it falls apart when exposed to water, but then my mind jumped to the sheetrock disaster in FL that is making lawyers rich.
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They could have of used sheetrock for all I care, but the process to cut the hole remains the same. Trying to convince Ed that we’re available to chop holes in the side of his rig after a few beers at HH. I’ll bring the pneumatic nibbler!
I'll bring a grinder and a 5lb sledge, I am sure we can find a use for them.
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Grinder would actually work really well to cut the holes.
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Grinder would actually work really well to cut the holes.
You are a gluton for punishment. In the real world we would use an air nibbler.
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Thanks guys. I'm looking into having Dulles Glass and Mirror make up some fixed side glass with built-in tint.
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When cutting the hole, don't even think about doing it any other way than a nibbler. As an example, a jig saw will inevitably snag and "stretch" your aluminum and you'll NEVER get the stretch/pucker out of it.

I'd cut the holes 1st and then have your glass company measure & fit the glass & gasket.

Personally (IMHO), I think the standard side metal panels are too thin and really need to be "beefed up" (thickened) in order to hold the glass and gasket in properly. As an example, the fiberglass tops, they are much thicker than the metal on your side panels.
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My two cents...

I have fixed windows in my 110 and have always wished that there were operable windows in the rear to aid in air flow. Since you are going so far as to add windows you might want to consider that.
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One of the vendors at Outdoor Expo 2012, Rover Trac's, was selling windows similar to these.
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wow, those are pretty cool....
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man... those aussies have the coolest shat...
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You could sell ice cream out of the back in the summer.
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I like the idea but don't know that they would help with airflow as I would be reluctant to leave them open while driving and definitely would not leave them open on the trail
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I learnt in dusty conditions on the trail not to have any windows open..only have the front vents open... As long as you are moving forward the air pushes in with enough pressure to keep the dust from coming in other areas.. Not sure what you could possibly benefit from having the windows open.. I have the Mantec window guards on my camel 110 so I can't use these unfortunately... But one of these days I will have them on another one.. But probably when I get back to OZ...
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