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Old July 19th, 2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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I'm interested to know if any of you have cut down your factory glass for a chopped Beetle. If so, I'd like to hear some do's and don'ts. I'm beginning to plan a chop on my 67 and want to have the glass figured out before I make a single cut on the roof.

Anyone experienced with cutting down factory VW glass???
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Old July 19th, 2005, 09:02 PM   #2
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been covered a bunch of times, try using the search function.

The front is about all you'll be able to "cut" using a sand blaster works i hear.

Or buy lexan [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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Old July 19th, 2005, 09:02 PM   #3
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I chopped my glass on my Datsun pickup, I just taped the shit out of it with duct tape to where I wanted it then left the part I wanted to chop uncovered and hit it up with a belt sander, I dont remember what grits I used, Its been awhile......and I went thru two windshields [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/dry.gif[/img]
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Old July 19th, 2005, 09:23 PM   #4
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Short answer: You can cut the windshield. Get new side glass made. You can't cut the rear glass.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 10:04 PM   #5
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Pretty much as Nick said.....

We use laminate front screens that can be cut very easily , all side glass is cut fresh from flat sheet and the rears are usually lexan.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 10:13 PM   #6
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Lexan looks good in race cars.
Unfortunately,it looks like an afterthought on the street.
IMHO.

The rear glass can not be cut,since it is tempered.
The front windshield can be cut by any of several methods,
the trick is to keep the heat down or it will crack.

The latest method is using a diamond blade
in a battery powered wet saw. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img]
If they will cut ceramic tile,they will cut glass.Sounds Hokey,but it works.
Just use lots of water and make sure you mask the glass
so the slurry doesn't etch the surface.

The rear glass gets layed down at a lower angle,
changed for a smaller(earlier) window,or installed from the inside.
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I remember seeing an episode of American Hot Rod (Aluma-tub?) where they made a template of the windshield opening. They then sent it off to get custom glass made from that template. Anyone know who makes these one-off custom windshields? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Idunno.gif[/img]
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Old July 20th, 2005, 03:48 AM   #8
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you couldnt afford it if we told you. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif[/img] would cost more than your entire car, your wifes car and your neighbors car


you dont get a custom windshield for a hundred bucks......that's why in many cases they make more than one, to have spares, just in case....you dont want to pay to do it again
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Quote:
Originally posted by vwfanatic@Jul 20 2005, 03:48 AM
you couldnt afford it if we told you. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif[/img] would cost more than your entire car, your wifes car and your neighbors car


you dont get a custom windshield for a hundred bucks......that's why in many cases they make more than one, to have spares, just in case....you dont want to pay to do it again
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we get custom windshields made 10 at a time. Same deal as on American HotRod. I think they go for 1500 a piece........if it was a one off it would be a hell of a lot more
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Old July 20th, 2005, 05:39 AM   #10
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Of course you can make custom glass made, how do you think new cars get them [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img] But as said, very $$$ My Sebring kit car will cost about $1800 if I can find the guy that has the mold for it. Luckily I don't need it and really hoping I will never need to. Some guy in Sweden or another foreign country can custom make you one for under $200, some guy on the net w/a chopped bug found him, lucky bastard. No further info on that though, just a memory someone told me.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 04:06 PM   #11
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say you had a winshield opening. how do you make a pattern? does the pattern fit inside the opening a little or overlap? my bug, being whats left of a '66, has a slightly curved glass, i think. can i use a flat piece to make a windshield? also anyone have any experience with speedways "speedglass"? s'posed to be able to cut with regular hand tools. inquiring minds need to know!
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Old July 20th, 2005, 05:29 PM   #12
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I just ran into this company:
http://www.sinclairglass.com/GlassBends.asp

They seem to be able to bend new glass (single curve and mumtiple curves). If someone's really interested email them and see if they can do auto rear glass and info

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=bent+glass
a bunch of other companies too
http://www.customglass.com/HTML%20Pages/tr...ationglass.html
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say you had a winshield opening. how do you make a pattern? does the pattern fit inside the opening a little or overlap? my bug, being whats left of a '66, has a slightly curved glass, i think. can i use a flat piece to make a windshield? also anyone have any experience with speedways "speedglass"? s'posed to be able to cut with regular hand tools. inquiring minds need to know!
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My guess is that speedglass is for early 30's Ford coupes. I doubt you could bend it unless it is a form of lexan.
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