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Old May 3rd, 2006, 06:07 AM   #1
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I have a 72 Super and have big ideas about chopping the top. The huge square rear window would look ridiculous though. Obviously, a split window or oval could be grafted in. I don't know how easy it would be to find those in a junkyard. Though I do know it would be near impossible to find them in a junkyard around Detroit. Anyway, do you have any other clever ideas of a cool window that could be used?

I have this silly idea about mounting a couple of "triangle" shaped vent windows upside down next to each other, a split window type look, but it would open to vent. Maybe those could be sourced from a pickup truck or something. Don't know how well that would work considering the "flatness" and making it work with the curve of the rear sheetmetal. Do you have any other crazy ideas that might spur some brainstorming?
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 07:35 AM   #2
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Ok, crazy Idea #1

Modify the window frame area to be able to mount the stock glass on the inside of the body. Then make the opening in the roof any size and shape that you want.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 07:36 AM   #3
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Putting in different rear windows is pretty hard to pull off and make it look correct. It can be done, but IMO most don't look right. Most to me looks like it was done "just to be different" but still looks out of place to me. IMO don't imitate a split window, if you want a split window get a split window (figberlass if you have to) and use that to graft it in.

The easy way out is an Oval section, they can be bough on Samba regularly from $75 up + shipping, shouldn't cost too much to ship though or fedex ground.

You could chop the glass lower and use lexan at back. Or you could put a louvered hatch, but that'll be pretty lame [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/FreakinSmiley.gif[/img]

some ideas IMO that doesn't work

these is doable but alot more has to be done to the car to pull everything together

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maybe from a cut down vert glass?

pop outs

anotehr idea is to make the entire roof to the rear window plexi glass, somewhat like this

or this excapt glass instead of a ragtop

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Old May 3rd, 2006, 08:40 AM   #4
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Wow, thanks Nick! I really like the windowless one and the popout. All of these are great fodder to get the ideas going. Anything I do, I'll have to come to grips with having reduced rearward vision. Of course it'll be worth it if I pull off something decent looking.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 09:02 AM   #5
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Here's a low cost option (with an outlaw theme):
- Leave the stock rear window in place, but add a rectangular frame on the OUTSIDE.
- Make the frame and add some vertical bars about 6" apart from 1/2" rebar, bent to fit the curves of the vw body snugly.
- Do the same to the side rear windows.

The theme? Late-1800s frontier jail. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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