Adding window to cargo

Adding window to cargo

Postby 2kdime [OP] » May 4th 2021, 2:47am

Is it possible to pull a window from a donor vehicle and replace this aftermarket driver side window?

Maybe a sliding door glass? Or one from a passenger van?

Would i be able to just cut the opening bigger and fit the glass in? Use enough of the caulking they use? Would obviously have a professional do it.

Almost didn’t buy the van because of it. But it’s only got 50k on it and runs like a top.
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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby AstroWill » May 4th 2021, 3:10am

For a lot of people, a sliding window with a screen would be a huge bonus. Anyone looking to camperize an Astro is probably drooling right now at that almost perfect blank canvas.
Can't get much larger without cutting into the support ribs.
As far as putting a factory window in there, anything is possible with enough time, money and effort.

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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby 2kdime [OP] » May 4th 2021, 3:12am

Yeah looking at the other windows it just makes me wonder if a full size glass couldn’t be put in there rather than this. I know a tilt window needs a lip and seal to seat into. But seems i could just cut the proper size hole, and if the new glass has a rubber lip around it that it would just sit into the hole and then could be caulked in and be just fine.

Other option is shave it and paint it.
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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby h.gil » May 4th 2021, 5:52am

It is in my to-do list. I didn't drive my van all of last year, instead I spent a lot of time cutting out rusted out panels and replacing them with healthy ones. I wasn't able to get a hold of a passenger van or else I'd have done it. It's doable but it is an elaborate process.

You'll need to cut out the whole window frame from the donor, including about an inch or two oversize of sheet metal all around it. With the glass off, remove the rubber seal and drill out the spot-welds that join the exterior body panel with the support frame. Weld that exterior window frame with the recessed lip onto your van and join it with the support frame... that will become the window opening and the rubber seal goes over that joint. I don't care about the exterior that much, I'll just glue the flange overlapping instead of butt-welding it.
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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby 2kdime [OP] » May 4th 2021, 1:09pm

So you think even the non tilting windows have a lip in the body they have to sit into?

Was hoping to just cut a bog enough hole and set it in there. Sounds like shaving it may be the easier route to go.

Or sell this van and find the first Gen cargo I’d prefer anyways.
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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby Mmusicman » May 4th 2021, 3:33pm

If it were me... I'd ADD another identical window behind it to make it look less like an add-on and make the van look more like factory. Windows aren't terrible... I've got both with and without. But I strongly prefer windows for camping.. even though the wife likes to put up curtains. Cracking them open on a cool night is the best.
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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby stent » May 4th 2021, 4:16pm

if the van really only has 50k miles on it THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS and enjoy driving it!!!!!
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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby 2kdime [OP] » May 4th 2021, 5:29pm

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Re: Adding window to cargo

Postby stent » May 5th 2021, 2:45am

50k!!!
WOW-you lucky dog!!!!!!!

i can't tell for sure from your first picture,
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but is the outside trim missing from the window ?? it might look a lot better with nice trim - but a big if on where to find such trim....

new window idea - the 2 side window pics below were posted by Cargocrawler - he used rivets :
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Cargocrawler's side window 1

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Cargocrawlers side window 2


no window idea - chop out a chunk of van at the JY, & either rivet or weld on a new blank for the hole.....
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