Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
No special tools required to remove sud windows, They are just rubber mounted, you can simply hop in the car and put your feet (shoes) on the glass.
Start at one corner, you can sometimes use a screwdriver to start the seal folding over from the inside. Push firmly but work your way across an edge while your accomplice is ready to catch it.
It is relatively safe and easy to remove the rear window as it is toughened glass- which either comes out in one piece or completely shatters. Start with the rear window, toughened glass is much more forgiving than laminated glass.
The windscreen is laminated glass- check its condition- if there are any cracks or large chips the screen will probably crack when you remove it. Laminated glass doesn't shatter but is does crack fairly easily. Be relatively gentle and even when removing laminated glass.
In any case they are pretty cheap to replace, you should be able to get a new windscreen supplied and fitted for around $150.00.
As for the 1.7ie conversion, if you are short on tools maybe consider using a 1.7 twin carb motor as these are just a straight bolt in conversion without any wiring or plumbing modifications.