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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 17, 9:20 AM Thread Starter
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Question 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Hey All,

Looking for any info I can find on replacing the lower channel for my windshield. Went to install windshield last night and found lots of deep rust.

Looking around I'm seeing a decent amount of distributors with varying prices. Some actually state USA and Import. Any suggestions?

This will be my first foray into body work, needing all the help I can get!!
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 17, 10:00 AM
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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

I bought both versions, to fix a 67 one time. The import was way nicer. Sharper corners, etc.
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post #3 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 17, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Thank you for the reply, that's somewhat disappointing to hear though.

Did a search and am buried in info from the site, reading through it all.
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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Did mine, can't remember if it was import or USA made,purchased at a swap meet. Likely import. The fit was ok but was about a 3/16 inch short, so I had to add that much to one end. Before installing I would compare the length to the cowl vent making sure the tabs on c vent line up with slots in channel piece.
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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

I bought mine for my 67 through Jeg's. Fit perfectly...
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post #6 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 17, 8:31 AM Thread Starter
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Question Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Thanks everyone! Ordered an AMD piece through summitracing.

Question I have, it looks like my car has metal pads? in the channel? If you look @ the pic you can see rusted metal, but there's about 2" pads of fresh metal. Anyone know what these are? Are they standoffs for the windshield? Do I need to keep them? Looks like they'll get cut out if I use the full new channel piece. First time getting into this, please excuse my absolute ignorance.



Also, what goes on under the channel? Pulling up on the piece that's there, it doesn't seem to be attached to anything underneath. Is it supposed to be welded or sealed? Just don't understand how it goes from the dash, to windshield, to nothing underneath?

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post #7 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 17, 7:55 PM
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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Looks like previous repairs with fresh metal. I see bondo all around the area so that is probably what it is.

Unlike a 66-67, on a 64-65 the dash and the exterior piece below the windshield are one solid piece. It is spot welded to the part of the cowl that comes up beneath the windshield wiper area. IIRC the spot welds are in the part that abuts to the chrome around the windshield (not the part where the urethane goes for the windshield installation)

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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Thanks for the info! I hit a lot of what I think is jb weld when I was grinding the channel out, think you're right, might have been previous repair metal. I'll be getting hands dirty this weekend, will update with what I find.
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post #9 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 17, 5:34 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like previous repairs with fresh metal. I see bondo all around the area so that is probably what it is....
You nailed it, jb weld rust repair.. Popped right off with a tiny pocket flathead

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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

So is that piece you are holding in your hand a "patch" of new metal placed over the old rusted cowl?

Am no 64 fan or expert but does the windshield trim in any way fit up to that piece? If so before you weld it in place test fit your glass and trim.

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post #11 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 24th, 17, 9:12 PM Thread Starter
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Previous owner jb welded that metal over large holes of rust.
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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Ugh.

Is that whole dash piece reproduced?

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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

Never seen a hack like that one, just made it worse in the end.
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post #14 of 40 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 17, 8:32 AM Thread Starter
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Re: 64 chevelle windshield lower channel replacement

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Ugh.

Is that whole dash piece reproduced?
I can't find it anywhere and the bad news for me is the bottom part of the dash under the glove compartment is rusted out as well. Bought this car from a beach town, was hoping it hadn't spent it's life there, but it's definitely taken it's toll on it.

Guys I'm completely out of my comfort zone on this and can't find any info on what to do?

I cut through the heaviest rust area of the channel and peeled back the metal making sure I didn't cut into the top edge of the firewall.



There's some type of foam seal/double stick tape between the channel piece and the top of the firewall, I didn't take a good picture of it. Anyone know what I should put there to replace that? I need to seal up between those two areas but not sure what to use. The main concern is messing the seal up with heat from welding once it's in place.

This pic was taken after I wirewheeled the top of the firewall lip so the foam is gone.



Anyone have any words of wisdom or prayers they can offer?
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Finally found what was holding the a-pillar cover on. Also incredibly found a spot with no red overspray.

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