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I am new here so bear with me on this one as I am sure this has been addressed before. The rear window on my friends '73 has a lot of rust that goes pretty much all around the back glass. I am pretty sure that no replacement panels are available from any vendors for this area. Short of finding a donor car that has a good back window section, what have any of you Nova specialists done to fix this problem?

I am thinking that we will have to take good measurements, cut out small sections at a time, make patch panels and weld them in until we have the whole thing fixed. Does this sound about right?

Here's a couple of pics of the rear window area. Kind of hard to tell a lot in the pics with all the old silicone and caulk that is around the glass.


 

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Mmmmm thats a tricky one:eek:. I would look out for a wreck with little or no rust in that area and cut that whole section out and replace it with the one from the wreck.:yes:
 

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That's the problem, around here, there are no wrecks with the back window area in any better condition than the one we have. :( The climate here is so humid that everything rusts. Searching for a donor car in another part of the country just isn't in the budget, that is why I was wondering if anyone else has tackled such a project and how you went about it.
 

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Keep looking in the parts section of this site:yes: Had you posted this two weeks ago I could have helped you out:( They are available just keep looking.
 

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How To Repair a Back Glass Opening

In the June 2009 issue of Auto Restorer Magazine it has a very in depth article by Larry Lyles on how to Repair a back glass opening. He uses The Eastwood Shrinker/Stretcher to make filler metal to weld in and repair the pinhole rust. He demonstrates how to remove the molding and glass and the proper tools with part numbers. Example: Molding removal tool made by Steck Manufacturing Co part#21500, (Eastwood #52021C). This tool is designed to reach between the molding and the glass & unhook the retainer clips.:yes: I also have rear window channel rust, as I'm sure every East Coast Nova has, and after reading this article will try to repair myself. When I do it I will post pix. You could also go to lplbodyworks.com and get their Body and Paint Repair DVD's. Hope this isn't too late to help you.
 
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