WINDSHIELDS


LB GLASS:

The windshields are still available, in both "tinted", and "shaded" (same as tinted, plus a 5 inch dark green band across the top). Our trucks were originally equipped with "clear"(no tinting or shade whatsoever), however, that version has been discontinued.
PPG part: # DW425GTN (tinted) - Retail list: $525.45 # DW425GBN (tinted & shaded) - Retail $525.45 Can be purchased for about $225.00 by any auto glass company or body shop. The correct windshield gasket(rubber), is also available still. Made by "Precision Rubber Products Inc.", and it is top quality!

GASKET: Pt# WCR D425 - Retail list: $63.29 Jobber= less 25%

It fits perfectly, has the correct moulded lower corners, and the correct groove for the lock-strip insert.

The lock-strip comes in black rubber, 5/16" round (as original). Or mylar chrome, approx. 5/8" wide (flat).

BLACK LOCK-STRIP: pt. # WLS900 - $11.75 ea. CHROME Lock-strip: # WLS913/914 - $28.85ea.

*** IF YOU WOULD LIKE MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION, (26+YRS) I WOULD OFFER THE FOLLOWING RECOMENDATIONS:

FIRST - DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON ANY OTHER GASKET, FROM ANY OTHER MANUFACTURER! YOU'LL PAY ABOUT THE SAME OR MORE $$ , AND WHAT YOU'LL GET IS UNIVERSAL, INCORRECT, ILL-FITTING, POUROUS, LEAKING, NON-UV PROTECTED, DRY-ROT IN A YEAR, WORTHLESS GARBAGE!! PERIOD!

SECOND - IF YOU CHOOSE TO USE THE CHROME MYLAR LOCK-STRIP, BE AWARE THAT IT WILL BEGIN TO DULL AND DETERIORATE AFTER TWO OR THREE YEARS OF EXPOSURE TO THE ELEMENTS. JUST LOOK AT ANY '73-'87 GM TRUCK, OR PRE '90'S BMW 3 SERIES CAR, THAT HASN'T BEEN COVERED OR GARAGED FOR ALL OR MOST OF ITS LIFE, AND YOU WILL SEE IT'S BROWN AND CRISPY.

THIRD - AGAIN, WITH REGARD TO THE LOCK-STRIP, BOTH THE BLACK AND THE CHROME WILL SHRINK SOME OVER TIME, CREATING AN EVER-WIDENING GAP. TO COMBAT THIS SHRINKAGE, BE SURE TO CUT THE LOCK-STRIP ABOUT AN INCH OR SO LONGER, OVERLAPPING THE POINT WHERE THE TWO ENDS WILL MEET,OR "SEAM" TOGETHER, IN THE MIDDLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WINDSHIELD. THEN, USING A SHARP BLADE, CUT EACH END CLEANLY & SQUARELY TO MAKE THE MOST INVISIBLE SEAM POSSIBLE. ONLY TRIM A TINY SLIVER AT A TIME OFF EACH END UNTIL YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR SEAM. THEN YOU CAN FORCE THE OVERLAPPING EXTRA INCH OR SO DOWN INTO THE GROOVE CAUSING THE TWO ENDS TO PUSH TIGHTLY TOGETHER. AS TIME GOES BY ANY SHRINKAGE OF THE LOCK-STRIP WILL BE OFFSET BY THE EXTRA INCH OF LENGTH THAT WAS SQUEEZED INTO THE GROOVE, AND THE SEAM WILL STAY TIGHT INSTEAD OF WANTING TO PULL APART MAKING AN UGLY GAP.

OR, YOU CAN OBTAIN A CHROME COUPLING CLIP FROM ANY '70-'91 DODGE FULL SIZE VAN, TO HIDE THE SEAM COMPLETELY. WHICH IS HOW THE FACTORY SOLVED THE PROBLEM OF THE UNSIGHTLY GAP. THE CONNECTOR IS ABOUT AN INCH LONG, AND SIMPLY HID THE EVER-WIDENING END GAPS UNTIL THEY HAD SHRUNK UP ENOUGH THAT THE CONNECTOR CLIP FELL, OR BLEW OFF SOMEWHERE ON THE HIGHWAY OR THE JET-WASH.

All civilian style (conventional cab) Dodge trucks used the DW425 windshield, beginning with the 1955 "C-3"(second series) that debuted on April 11, 1955, As did the "D" 100-800's , and the "W" 100-500's up through '60 for the pick-ups and larger trucks with regular cabs ( the rear wall & rear window directly behind the bench seat). A new body style began for 1961, and uses a DW605 from '61-'71

The Town Wagons & Town Panels retained the DW425 until the end of their production run in the fall of '66 . The DW425 windshield continued in use in the largest Dodge trucks, such as the diesel and gas powered semi-tractors, such as "C"SERIES 500-1000's , "CT"800-1000's , "CN"800-1000's, "CNT"900-1000 tandems, and finally the last of the Dodge heavy duty haulers, the infamous "BIGHORN", which finally became extinct in 1975!


UPDATE

I've recieved some requests to get ahold of Precision Rubber for the windshield gaskets but all attempts to do so have failed. I'm not sure what is going on. You might call on some of your local auto glass companies and see if they can get the Precision Rubber for you. Jared Weeks sent me these links, maybe they will help you out:

Steele Rubber products has them: part #40-0497-50 $127.80 including lockstrip.... http://166.82.96.9/homeframes.html

I heard Vintage Power Wagons has them also.... http://www.vintagepowerwagons.com/products/parts-list3.htm


Jon Coffelt bought windshield rubber for his '57 from Clesters and said the material works fine.... http://www.clestersauto.com/


I looked up mid 50s Dodge pickups in GT Restorations website and they have window and windshield rubber....http://www.gtrestoration.com/


Here is the latest info I have on the front rubber for '55 second series on up to '60 (4/1/04): I went down to a local company that carries the PPG brand and they still make the front gasket. Another company calleed Plinkerton makes them too. Approximate cost was around $73.00, which doesn't include the locking strip.


New for C1 owners!

Art G Schoenborn wrote me an email concerning the C1 front windshields: "I'm restoring a 1954 C1-JMA6 (2 1/2 ton COE). The windshield is broken and I've been doing a lot of searching for a replacement. Your windshield page gave me enough knowledge to find the right one. Specifically, I learned that C1s and C3s use different glass. The C1 glass number is DW333, and I have it on order from Iowa Glass Depot for $363. Won't even have to go to Iowa to pick it up, they have warehouses here in the Minneapolis area." This is great news! I had no idea it was available anywhere til I got Art's email. Thank you Art!!!