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Custom Curved Window Replacement
#784901 November 09th 2021 4:32 pm
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Searched high and low, but apologies if there is already a thread about this somewhere!

My 81 chevy van has three aftermarket windows installed, (a company called Le Van Specialty Co Inc which i can't find anything about anywhere..) they are curved tempered glass. One of the aluminum frames was completely destroyed and all the seals had cracked open so we decided to pull them out and re-install. Unfortunately while trying to re-install we accidentally smashed one of the panes. Does anyone have a good resource for either:

a.) someone (in southern california or shippable) who will make a custom pane of curved glass for this window
b.) somewhere to buy old custom van windows where i might find one the same size (The hole is 28⅝" X 30⅛")
c.) some other way to solve this problem?

Thanks!

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Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #784902 November 09th 2021 4:46 pm
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I should add that I have done some online searching - no luck finding something the same size.. and calling around to local RV glass repair places and all have said they can't replace it because of the curve of the glass!

Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #784903 November 09th 2021 5:06 pm
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Have you tired this place.
http://www.parkin-acc.com/page16.html

Bob

Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #784905 November 09th 2021 6:36 pm
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I'd start hitting the junkyards anytime I see a G van conversion.

Otherwise, try https://www.dkhardware.com/accent-f...jx6uM9AIVcgF9Ch1V0gvLEAQYASABEgJhNvD_BwE

That one is pretty close, but not exact.


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Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #784906 November 09th 2021 6:43 pm
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Here's some good information

http://www.dcmco.com/dcmvangl.htm


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Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #784974 November 11th 2021 6:10 pm
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Dang! a bunch of no's from every company i've tried including DKhardware and parkin.. They all say it can't be done because of the curve of the glass.. But thanks for all the suggestions so far, not quite giving up yet.

Going to try and hit some salvage yards but does anyone have any idea if it would be possible to somehow.. fill in the hole? Like is there such a thing as a fibreglass patch for the side panel like that if i just can't find one? I don't have all the time in the world and it would be great to get something in there so i can keep moving on this interior, so trying to figure out what my other options are..

Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #784977 November 11th 2021 6:18 pm
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You can have glass made in any shape/curve you want but it’s pricy to have one made


Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #784981 November 11th 2021 6:42 pm
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+1 on the salvage yards being you best bet. One tip, that's a generic item the conversion companies used, so don't limit your search to Chevy, check the Dodge, Ford, etc. Might find one the same shape and dimensions in another make.


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Re: Custom Curved Window Replacement
bignono #785006 November 12th 2021 12:25 am
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You might find a same size window with flat glass and put that in or switch all of them.

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Good luck on your search.

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