I have a question to see if anyone has done this or knows.
I have a 1991 G20 Chevy conversion van with "FIXED" side and back windows.
I have recently purchased the window gaskets, and "HINGE" out windows side and back. From another Chevy G20 van.
My question really goes that the window is screwed into the door with 3 or 4 screws at the top (depends upon the window size). Then the hinge is screwed into the lower part of the window sil of the van door.
Have anyone converted fixed windows to hinge out windows? My biggest concern is messing up a perfect door by drilling into it to do hinge windows. I don't think the van has the holes drilled into the upper part of the door and that is the biggest obstacle in this project.
Any input or thoughts would be appreciated.
I know now, I should have made a template of the doors when I took the windows out of the van to assist in this project.... Oh well, lesson learned.
It is an easy install but I suggest you remove the existing windows and gaskets carefully just in case you have to re-install. The upper hinge is adjustable so it is kinda hard to mess things up. The inner door has a flat area to mount the latch. Start by removing just one existing window and you will see.
This is a pretty easy mod. Do one window at a time, as you may learn something and get better over time. It would be easier with a second person to help hold stuff, although I did it alone. Save your old window and weather stripping, it's valuable and you or a friend may need it later.
1) Carefully remove the hinged window from the donor van and save the screws
1B) Carefully remove the weather stripping from the donor van
2) Remove the fixed window from your van
3) Measure and mark where the holes go for the hinged window