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#128860 Fri Feb 15 2002 05:42 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 247
One of the primary problems with doing a chopped top is finding a place who will do the glass for you. Almost everyone who does a first time chop NEVER thinks of this. The problem is even greater when it comes time to do the windsheild with safety glass.
I highly recommend finding a specialist to do this for you. You will not do it yourself without severely screwing it up. Get a professional. You can search the web or talk to local custom shops to see if they know anyone who can do it for you.

#128861 Fri Feb 15 2002 05:48 AM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 804
Shop Shark
Just about any glass shop can do the AD glass. It is all flat except the quarter windows. I would never do what I did back in 1975, use the old glass (the guy charged me $6.00 and change to cut the glass!!) Anyway, just have new glass cut, it really isn't that expensive.

1948 Chevy Pickup
Chopped and sectioned
owned since 1974 when I was 15.
#128862 Fri Feb 15 2002 07:24 AM
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 4,655
Glass is pretty cheap. I had all new cut for my 37. Front, two side, and the rear were right at $100. They were all flat glass with slight tint. Joe

#128863 Fri Feb 15 2002 03:38 PM
I have only seen the corner windows cut one time.The guy told me he sandblasted and wet sanded them.(yep they were real glass) He also left the back window stock and lined up the bottoms of all the windows .It looked(i will look for the pix of it) great. He said it only took him 3 windows and about 5 months of tinkering to get them done. Plex would be the way to go.

#128864 Fri Feb 15 2002 03:52 PM
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 149
mallard Offline OP
How do you get the plexiglass curved to the correct shape of the corner windows?

"Finish the thing, do it right the first time, and drive the S.O.B.!"

1949 Chevy half ton 3100 In a kazillion pieces
2000 GMC Serria 1500 SL 4x4
#128865 Fri Feb 15 2002 06:39 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 804
Shop Shark
Mallard, I did it in my moms oven in '76 smile I put the plexiglass in the oven on a large bread pan and for just a little while. I then set it on top of the glass window and as I remember I used a book of matches laying on the bottom to raise it up just a little so it would be the same curvature as the glass. If you layed it right in the window it would be a tighter bend, being you are on the inside of the window. If you layed it on the outside you would have a plexiglass window with a larger curve.

I DO NOT recommed using the match book! Thinking know that was really stupid, the book MUST have been empty I just remember the book in there. It did leave a few tiny little dents in the plastic. I would use something else now. Maybe even nothing at all and see how it goes. The plexiglass is cheap so experiment. Back then, I was given a couple of sheets and I really didn't even know where to get it. Today I would go down to OSH or TAP plastics and just buy some more.

1948 Chevy Pickup
Chopped and sectioned
owned since 1974 when I was 15.
#128866 Sat Feb 16 2002 01:54 AM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 45
Well Martin, if I can find a suitable piece of corner glass to experiment with, I'm gonna try cutting it my way just to see if I can do it. What I have in mind isn't exactly what you described. Of course, if I'm successful, it's gonna cost more than a buck to find out how I did it grin

#128867 Sat Feb 16 2002 02:28 AM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 804
Shop Shark
Gear, I don't know how old you are but people have been trying to cut glass like that since before I was was born. If you can do it (and you may) then I want to know how!! smile

I broke about three of these windows trying myself. smile

1948 Chevy Pickup
Chopped and sectioned
owned since 1974 when I was 15.
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