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Seal of Approval

ANYONE WHO HAS dove into the task of doing a full restoration on a classic pickup knows that glass and weather seals can be quite the task. If you’ve never taken on the task of a restoring a truck, the glass and seals probably isn’t the first thing you think about when you consider the job. However, skimping on this part can really affect the overall quality of a build for several reasons. Obviously, you don’t want to put weathered glass and rotted seals on a fresh paint job. Also, without the right seals in place, the truck will leak water in the event of rain. Most importantly, the truck will be noisy inside the cab while driving down the road. So sealing your build right after you’ve just finished the fresh paint should be considered a must.

Although companies like Precision Replacement Parts have made some strides in easing the task with their push-on door seals, some jobs are better of left to a specialist. The toughest part of all of the glass and seals is rebuilding the vent windows. Most professional glass installers would have several specialty tools to do the job. For the DIY guy though, there’s no use buying all these tools now that Precision started its new vent rebuild program.

Precision recognized that a lot of work goes into rebuilding the vent windows properly, and that it’s a job most people just don’t want to attempt. The company is now facilitating the DIY enthusiast by offering a service that allows you to send in your complete vent window assembly. Once staff receive the windows, they completely tear them down to bare bones and rebuild them with all new seals and hardware. In this article we’ll walk you through the necessary steps to remove your windows, send them of to Precision Replacement Parts, and reinstall them after the rebuild.

The truck we’re working on is a 1987 Chevy K5 Blazer that we are building for SEMA 2018. The removal and reinstallation of these vents windows is very similar to earlier Chevy trucks as well. Precision offers this service for a wide variety of trucks and will most likely be able to assist in the vent rebuild of any classic truck.

SOURCES

• Precision Replacement Parts www.PRP.com 800.367.8241

• State 48 Glass Company www.state48glasscompany.com 623-252-7000

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