For those who are building and restoring vintage Fords, Mercurys, and Lincolns, one of the toughest tasks has always been finding reproduction or new-old-stock glass to complete a restoration project. Sometimes, you hit pay dirt on eBay or the classifieds. Other times, you happen to be at the right place at the right time and there it is. But what about all those scratches? JR Distributor International wants to take the fuss out of your search for vintage Ford auto glass. It stocks a huge selection of glass for a wide variety of vintage Fords including Mustang, Falcon, Fairlane, Torino, Cougar, and a host of other Ford nameplates.
Paul Gammarino of Mustangs & Fast Fords OC in Santa Ana, California, invited us in to his shop to witness the wrap up of the company's showroom project, a '66 Mustang fastback. Final project wrap up includes the installation of window glass on all four sides. MFFOC decided to go with tinted glass from JR Distributor International, which conforms to the original factory window glass and fits like a glove. When it comes to classic Mustangs, JRD has it in three different forms—clear, tinted, and smoked, so no one knows what you're doing in there while you're cruising the drag.
In this article, we'll show you the new glass from JR Distributor International, and how to install the windshield and backlite without making a too much of a mess. If you've ever used non-curing windshield sealer before, you understand what we're talking about. It is the nastiest goop you've ever worked with, but it works. Used properly, it seals very well and will last for years.
Wing windows and side glass are easier to replace, and forgo the mess. We get asked a lot what to use. It is best to use window glass butyl seal tape available at nearly any auto body supply or glass shop. Use either soapy water or mineral spirits for lubrication. When it dries, you will have secure window glass ready for operation.