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daniel77350
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Hello;

I would like my 77 coupe to have the pop out window that the 68-72(73?) cars have. Do they have a conversion kit? or can I just buy the parts for a '70 vette rear window, that is availible in the corvetteforum resteration place? Also, my 77 has a rear defogger, is there something I can do to "rig" this so it will still work, but I will be able to take my window out w/o leaving the wires connected?

I finally have my 77 mechanically sound, and Im driving it every chance I get, the first time I drove it was last friday, it has been sitting 2 years prior to that. This weekend its going to come off the road again for about 3-5 months while I paint it, and do cosmetic work. Should i do it now? where I live, the nicest part of the year is probably March-May, then it gets blistering hot until September. Should I wait until early October to take it off the road so I can enjoy it while the weather is nice, or should i get a jump on it so I can enjoy it next year?

Thanks, Daniel

427V8
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There's no kit
Get a window frame before doing anything else ( thats the hard part ) and I don't think you can buy new ones...

Then you can get latches etc from your favorite Corvette vendor.

Oh BTW, the real cars also have a storage try that sits under the deck. Also a hard to come by part

Oh drive it now if the weather is nice!
Call it an extended test drive
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JIM
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you should be able to buy all the parts used from J&D Corvette in Bellflower Ca. 800-838-8353, the window runs about $50-75, the latches are $30-60 ea.
and are different form year to year. youll also need weatherstripping i'm not sure on the price.
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spikezz4
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Yep, the window frame and the storage tray are the tough ones. Go to big swap meets and you may be able to find them. I got mine two years ago at the Daytona Turkey Rod Run for $185 for both of them in average condition. The clasps, hinges, and weather strip are available through normal Corvette vendors.

It will actually seal better than the straight window, because the weather strip absorbs the flex of the body a bit. Plus, it's easier to replace the weather strip than seal the straight window.

I lost the electric defroster on mine, but we found an electrically heated fan from NAPA that is small and can be mounted on the side to defrost the window quickly.

Spike
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trw
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 Re: pop out rear window conversion for 77 (daniel77350) Reply to this post

Replaced mine about a month ago and love it.

Need: Window with frame
Bottom brackets that window frame goes in
Top latches
Rear roof panels
Metal covers for latches
Rear window gasket

thats it. Bolt in.

Terry



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daniel77350
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thanks to all those who replied; I will probably be trying this conversion sometime durring my painting/clean up. apparently getting a car mechanically sound makes it really dirty(I guess thats my fault test driving it all greasy, and getting my greasy palms all over the fenders). But its needs paint anyway, a year ago I droped $2,500 to have it painted, took it from the booth to the mechanics to have them redo the break system...all they replaced was the booster and one rubber line, and it ran me $298...after a month the paint started to bubble...so far no break problems, but 300 is A LOT...I swore no one other then myself would ever do ANY work on my car, unless it was a friend, and I was there supervising...so when it comes time to paint, I'll be doing it. Im going to keep good photo's and a writeup on my progress to post on a website for the people at the forum...should they decide to paint theirs themselves, and they want yet another web site to read(I know a lot of guys here have them already, I have read them all abut 5 times a peice)

Thanks again, I will be using this board for many more tech questions later on I am sure..you guys are great.

Daniel

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