I've been through most of the posts regarding converting my 23 Tour to safety glass... But just want to confirm:
Is the "best" way to take frame off (top / bottom ) the car and bring them in? I'm assuming an auto glass place will know what to do.
Any tricks to getting the frame off safely?
I took mine, in the frames, to a local glass shop and they did a great job at a very resonable price.
On my 1924 touring/pickup, I removed the windshield posts from the car (four bolts each) and the frames slipped right out of the posts.
I took the individual frames to the glass shop, told them what I wanted and they did the rest. Reused the original glass channel. Each frame was $55 dollars installed.
I had a real tough time getting the original glass out of the frames on my 26. The glazing the goes between the frame and the glass had hardened and the glass wouldn't move. I ended up using a set of dental picks from Harbor Freight and penetrating oil to remove the glazing from the frames before the glass would budge. It took several hours so unless you have a lot of money or the glazing is still quite pliant in your frames, you may want to remove the glass from the frames yourself and clean up the channels prior to taking the frames to the glass shop. It cost me 80 bucks to have the safety glass and new glazing installed 4 years ago.
Mine had a single crack in it, so I took both pieces to a glass shop and said "I want one of these". $30