Keeping your classic vehicle in mint condition is a part of the pride of vintage car ownership.
Because of the delicate nature of windshields, they often need repair and replacement. But, just as with many other parts of classic cars, parts often need to be special ordered and installed using equipment that isn't found in many repair shops.
Read on for our guide on classic car windshield replacement and what you can expect.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE IN WINDSHIELD REPLACEMENT BETWEEN CLASSIC AND MODERN CARS?
Classic cars not only have differently shaped windshields but their original glass was often made out of just glass (without coating or tints). Coating and bonding were applied to newer models in an effort to prevent people from getting injured by shattered glass.
You should always replace windshields with molecular bonded or coated glass to reduce the likelihood of a passenger being injured due to a windshield break. This may require you to have a custom piece of glass made to fit your vintage vehicle.
Some vehicles have tints added to shield from the sun or extreme temperatures. Tinting can be done in a variety of styles and can be easily added or removed according to your preferences.
SHOULD YOU CONSIDER CUSTOM?
Having a custom windshield made will be significantly more costly, however, it will allow you to apply modern technologies to your classic car.
If you want to add a slight tint to the glass to reduce sun exposure or have a molecularly bonded glass, then you'll likely need to have your windshield custom made.
If your vehicle is show-only and not driven with passengers, then the safety of the glass is less of an issue, and an older or original shield may suffice.
It's also important to consider that while you can DIY some windshield replacements, it isn't recommended in a classic car.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FOR COST?
Windshield replacement on a classic car can range from several hundred to thousands of dollars for a variety of reasons.
Some cars require specific rubber moulding and seals that aren't factors for newer vehicles. And replacing vintage windshields can sometimes require specialized equipment and training.
But the glass itself will likely be a several hundred dollars due to the unique and often wider shape. Since the wider shields aren't as common, they will likely cost more to manufacture and acquire.
Owning a classic car is a labour of love. Vintage vehicles require extra love, attention, and money. It's important to adjust your expectations for repairs related to your classic car. In the end, it will be worth the extra effort.
Now that you've read all about windshield replacement, keep this information in mind in the event that you need it in the future.
Contact us today for professional assistance in replacing the windshield of your prized classic car. When it's with Canada Auto Glass, it's in good hands.