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Old 04-26-2014, 11:16 AM
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That sure is impressive. Don't know if I would have the patience to do that job without screwing it up.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:48 PM
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I'm out of my element here talking about the darksiders, I admit. But was watching one of the hot rod shows where the guy showed that he scored the windshield on both sides, then soaked the line with denatured alcohol and lit it on fire. The flames melted the plastic laminated in the safety glass. The unwanted section just fell off. Stu
Stu, that's the way the old school guys did it, with the exception you left off one step: after scoring you have to crack the glass on both sides. Safety glass is soft glass like standard window glass so it will crack along a score with tapping just like cutting a new window for your house. After both sides are cracked you can melt the plastic center with the burning alcohol trick.
The other secret to doing it this way is to only attempt it on a new unscratched windshield, any scratches risks it cracking during the cutting. There is a glass shop down the street from me where the old owner cut glass for hotrods and customs regularly. Unfortunately the guy died about 5 or so years ago, and the new owners won't touch anything but flat window glass.
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Yup, I left that step out. Watching the guy do it, it sure was painless. Stu
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Drew !!!!!



Seriously, you need to get this written us as a tech article...so it doesn't get lost...

When I get a chance I'll do a write up. As you well know it takes a little time to put those together complete with photos.

now where is my saws-all I think my lid is too high NOT!!!

Heck......what's another 4 or 5 years tacked on to a build?

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I really didn't think there would be much response to this. Kinda surprising.
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Superb job, you are the man.
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Great tip and job. Hope the new windshield turns out that nice for ya
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Guys the windshield does look good. I spent about 1.5 hour over to Andrews place this afternoon. Drew as 983 allows I will get back over soon so we can look at a latch for my fuse block..
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Nice! Makes me want to do a big chop top on my truck.
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Nice work! Smart to try it on an old windshield....
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There is a distinct lack of beer cans in the images.... not true red neck engineering!
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You can trim up your cut with a belt sander with a 120 grit carbide grit belt. Run the sander at about a 30* angle to the edge, keep it moving with long strokes and light pressure so's not to heat up the glass.
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