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Customs Oh No! Broken Glass in the Buick

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by L. Eckart, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. L. Eckart
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    I had my 52 Buick in my heated shop doing maintenance. Left the shop for a couple of days for Christmas and when I returned the center rear glass had shattered. Checked the security camera and it shattered on Christmas eve at 7:11 pm for no apparent reason. No one seems to make one so I'm in the hunt for a NOS one, a used one someone has, or one from a salvage yard. Already checked with Bob at Owens Salvage and a few other places but no luck. If anyone has one they want to sell or maybe know where one might be please let me know. An Olds or Cadillac glass may work but I'm not sure. It is a 52 Buick Special Hardtop (Riviera) and the data tag reads: MOD.52-45R, STYLE No. 52-4337. I also posted a wanted ad in the classified but thought someone might read this and not the classifieds. Thanks for any help you can offer and Happy New Year! Buick rear glass.jpg
     
  2. 41rodderz
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    Ouch !!! Check with glass places. Our local one has patterns back to teens.
     
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  3. L. Eckart
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    Unfortunately it is curved tempered glass and not a flat pattern glass. Thanks for the reply.
     
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  5. Johnboy34
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  6. If you can trace and trim a template in stiff cardboard of the top, bottom, and side arch, you may be able to find a salvage windshield that could be cut down to fit. I'm not a glass expert so I can't say what type of glass can be cut that way.
     
  7. J. A. Miller
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    Maybe check with a national Buick Club.
     
  8. Try - Trenton at Browne's Auto in Sunset, Tx - he does have a FB page if you can't contact him PM me.
     
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  9. Just think maybe a Cadillac might exchange.
     
  10. Mr48chev
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    My Hollanders doesn't go back far enough but I am pretty sure someone on here has ones that do.
    Bobs doesn't have it but I think they only do laminated glass.
    Searching brought up the same link Johnboy34 posted. That lets you make sure you are getting the right one if there are any differences .

    Had a piece of tempered glass break when I slammed the door on a pickup a while back Back slider window. A bit of reflecting says I either hit it with a rock thrown by a lawn mower or with a wine bottle in my mom's kitchen trash sack when I tossed it in the truck to go to the dump. Either was days before it broke.
     
  11. gene-koning
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    Tempered glass is funny stuff. Years ago I had a car I was going to junk out. My teenage son decided he wanted to break the rear glass out of it, so he grabbed my 8lbs sledge hammer and wailed away at that rear glass for at least 10 minutes, didn't even faze it! A couple days later, he through something inside the car, and when he closed the door (note he did not slam the door, just closed it normally), the rear glass shattered.
    Apparently, all those swings with the 8 pounder must have given the glass a series of cracks, and the couple days of weather change worked those cracks enough that just the jostle of closing the door did it in.

    I don't like tempered glass at all, if I can change it out for a laminated, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Gene
     
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  12. 41rodderz
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    He claims from the teens up . But yes to Bob’s. He is in Oregon and where I am getting glass for my’48 effie.
     
  13. mgtstumpy
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    Also, the rubber may have dried up and gone hard. Once hard it is no longer pliable and doesn't have any give in it. I'd replace the rubber as well when you do the glass.
     
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  15. brading
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    You could try BALL's LLC
     
  16. Petejoe
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    I remember seeing that happen often on 40’s-50’s cars when I was young.
    Especially the rear windows.
    Nothing worse having an irreplaceable unattainable part to keep an old car on the road.
     
  17. Greg Rogers
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    Darn Santa! (He's magical so doesn't show up in cameras). That is a bummer...
     
  18. cornfield county
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    According to my old Hollander it fits 51-52 Olds S88 coupe and 51-52 Buick Riv model 45 only.
     
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  19. goldmountain
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    Since the glass bits are still in place, maybe gently make a fiberglass mold of the glass and then use this mold to place it on various windshields to see if you can get a match to the shape. You can cut windshields.

    Sent from my SM-T350 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  20. blowby
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    Man what a pisser. While you're hunting for replacement, get some bullet hole decals and make up a good story.
     
  21. L. Eckart
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    Thanks for the responses.
    Stillrunners - I will contact Brownes Auto
    Cornfield County- Thanks for the Hollanders info!
    Chrisp- I contacted the HAMB ad and waiting to get more info.
     
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  22. Dan is a great fella to deal with. Good luck with your search.
     
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  24. L. Eckart
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    Rockable- called Bob's (Nicholas) and doesn't have but is checking for me. Thanks. He wanted the Style No. 52-4337 to determine the one that fits and if any other GM cross references.
     
  25. rockable
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    If anyone can find it, Bob will. Good luck!
     
  26. 52HardTop
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    If you do get a cross reference to another GM car please post it? It might be a slim chance, but, I do have the center section from the Chevy Hard Top rear windshield. Just in case...
     
  27. L. Eckart
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    First I want to thank all those who posted here. I was lucky today and found a back glass from a 51 Buick Special hardtop at John's Salvage in Cabool, Missouri, 230 miles from me! John was a good fellow to deal with and has a multitude of old cars in the yard. Said the car had been there at least 50 years and the last back glass for that model he had. I have contacted several salvage yards, both those mentioned here and others, so may hear back from them.

    I'm seriously thinking of making a fiberglass template from the 51 glass and using it to try to find something close in safety glass that can be trimmed as was suggested here.

    FYI here is info that may help others:
    The 51-52 Buick Special (Riviera) Model 45R, Style No. 52-4337 interchanges with the 51-52 Oldsmobile Super 88 hardtop which I believe is the Holiday model. Hollanders notes the center back glass as B224. THANKS AGAIN!
     
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  28. wannabebubba
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    Go to Steele Rubber Products website and do a search on your car, find the rear glass weatherstrip and click on the matching vehicles tab, it may show you what other cars your rear window was used in. In this case a 51/52 Olds Super 88 2 dr hardtop shares the same back window.
     
  29. brading
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    Good to know you managed to get it sorted. Always good when the OP has let people know that have replied that thread that they have got it sorted.
     
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