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Customs Glass guys... Is this possible?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chaz, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. I've got a 53 Ford Ranchwagon that has a mild chop... about 2".
    Looking for a front windshield to chop , we noticed that the Ranchwagon front glass is apparently taller by 2 inches than the 2dr. coupe/Victoria. Is this possible? Did Ford actually produce two different windshields for their 52-54 models? Any of you Ford guys know for sure?
    Maybe I can just order the shorter windshield and not have to cut the glass.
  2. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,267


    Know anyone with an old Hollander book? That would tell you for sure. My buddy that used to run a small junk yard always said some things in the Hollander book were off a little, but the glas was always spot on. Gene
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  4. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,637


    I know tri five sedan windshields are taller than the hardtops. I forget the difference.

  5. Sinister
    Joined: Jan 19, 2004
    Posts: 710

    from Oregon

    I texted NONAME and he said convertibles and HT cars have a 2 inch shorter windshield.
  6. Yup, pretty common
  7. My hollander says wagons are same as sedans...hardtop is different but doesn't give dimensions
  8. Toymont
    Joined: Jan 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,375

    from Montana

    The info we found only listed the coupe/ Victoria as being 2 inches shorter. all of the other models appear the same
  9. Da Tinman
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,226

    Da Tinman

    Its probably not going to be just 2" shorter, it may not have the same contours or shape on the edge.
  10. I'm guessing it'd be close everywhere else because the front fenders and dashes interchange so that the lower width would be a constant. I'm not sure how much play is in a windshield gasket, but the 53 Fords have an enormous rubber gasket so I think there's some forgiveness. Just checking around, the shipping is as much as the friggin glass. Road trip!
  11. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,818


    They are shorter and a few people have chopped their cars to match the height of the Victoria windshield to avoid having to cut glass. It's one of the very few nice things about chopping a 52-54 Ford.

    I used some Victoria windshield moldings on my chopped '53 and the shape of the A pillars was the same and they fit, the stainless covers up the post nicely.

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