Q: Etched Window Glass
I have a 1968 Firebird that has the firebird emblems etched in the glass. My bird has power windows and also the “Custom” interior. Is there any connection to these options? how are is this??
A: Regarding the ‘Bird’ etching found on some 1968 Firebird’s…
The process used to produce the ‘Bird’ Logo on the front side glass was referred to as ‘Etching’. To Etch does not necessarily mean to ‘sandblast’ an image into the glass; this can be accomplished in the same way as the supplier/date code info is ‘etched’ onto the glass. This was not simply painted on.
As far as verifying the reason’s behind why some received this special glass and other’s did not; the following is NOT true…
* Used on all Firebird’s built before 5-1-68
* Used only on Air Conditioned and/or Power Window cars
* Used only on Early Production cars
* Used only on Tinted-Glass cars
From the Registry-Survey I have been conducting over the past 8yrs, I have found ORIGINAL 1968 Firebird’s w/the ‘Etched’ Bird and also with or without the above features…in other words; mystery not solved. The only thing I have found is that all cars in the Registry w/the special glass are “400” cars…. all built between Nov.’67 and Jul.’68 including Lordstown and Van Nuys cars. Still need more info to be able to establish a consistent trend here.
A: Regarding the 1968 Firebird ‘Bird’ Glass mystery; I’ve collected documentation from many 1968 Firebirds during the 10 yrs I’ve been working on the 1st Gen. Firebird Registry. Out of the hundreds of cars, I have yet to decipher this mystery other than to say that the Etched White Birds on the front side glass appeared only on the early 1968 Firebirds. I’ve found them on original, documented, one owner cars that have been 400s, 350s, with and w/o A/C, with and w/o Custom Trim Option, Coupes, Convs, Clear Glass and Tinted, automatics and 4spds. I’m currently trying to establish the latest build date for cars having this special glass. It could be that this feature was pulled due to production costs. Your 1968 350 Firebird w/Bird Glass being built around the 1st week of March is certainly one of the later ’68s I’ve heard of getting this feature. I’d be interested in adding any of your current/former Firebirds to our Registry. If you wouldn’t mind sharing the VIN, Trim Tag info as well as descriptions and/or documentation. We’re still doing quite a bit of research into this and other 1st Gen. mysteries. Thanks very much for your interest and support.
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