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Old 08-04-2009, 01:33 PM
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the glass guy who use to do mine used a water belt. keeps the glass cool. he used 3 different belts but they came out nice and fit right.
Pardon my stupidity, but what's a water belt? Is that some kinda sander with a continuous flow of water?

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Thanks for the complement. I had to sell it to pay bills...I do regret it but I can always build another. I am about to chop a 57 4-dr hardtop soon but I wont be sinking it this time I want it to look like it came out of a 50's custom shop. Any way back to figuring out glass cutting.LOL Tim
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Old 08-04-2009, 02:12 PM
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it's an upright belt sander with a small trough of water the belt passes through. basically wet sanding off the extra. beats spending 2 days breaking windshields.
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65 f100 chop

I have a 65 f100 swb that I am planning to chop 4". The chopping and welding are not a problem . My concern comes from eliminating the vent windows in addition to the chop. When I look down into the door it looks as if the hinge mounts are going to interfere with the solid glass going down.Any help with this would be appreciated.
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:15 PM
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Well first off, the back glass is tempered and can not be cut. So you would likely "sink" the glass into the package tray so it doesn't need to be cut. The side glass on that car I believe is all flat, and safety plate so you can just cut all new windows using templates given to the glass man.

The windshield is the biggie, can it be cut, sure. But it takes a VERY experianced glass man to do it. And expect a new window or two to be broken in the process (with no guarantee, so you pay).

It too can be "sunk", but honestly I don't like that option (front or rear). I would do anything before that. Cutting the glass is just one of the many things that sets the customizer appart from the "Craftsmen".

If you do cut it, you want to cut the glass before you get the top chop finished so you can modify the roof to fit the glass! This is one big mistake most make (I did myself on my first curved glass chop) you can't modify the shape of the glass, and cutting a section off not only changes it's height, it changes it's shape. So instead of chopping the top and then trying to fit the glass to the top, you cut the glass and make the top fit the glass.

I ended up making a fiberglass windshield using a windshield as a mould. I then cut the fiberglass windshield down to fit my chopped top. The fiberglass windshield was then used to modify the roof. The fiberglass windshield was then used as a pattern to cut the glass and wham, it all fit back together!

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That's very wise thinking,and good advice,seen many fail.
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Here is a good method for chopping curved glass.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl5nm48pYFc
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Here is a good method for chopping curved glass.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl5nm48pYFc

Good idea....Thanks..
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That is a WILD video, holy crap that guy is good. Don't plan on doing that a home without breaking a few! I have never seen anything like that, it sure as hell gives you hope!

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thats a great vidio.Thanks for sharing it..I'll be helping a new guy chop his top for his first time,I hope you guys will join in,its tough enough doing it yourself and making it look right.but on the computer?????
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When I stop to think how this hobby has changed since the net my head hurts!

When I chopped my truck in 1974 I went to talk to a neighbor who built rods. He wasn't a top chopping kinda guy so he didn't offer me much. He called a friend of his who was chopping a truck like mine and asked him if I could come by. My mom drove me (!, I had JUST turned 16) to a town a little ways away (too far to let me drive even though I did have a license) and he showed me this truck that was half chopped. He opened the Rod and Custom mag with the article on chopping the Dream Truck and we talked about it for fifteen or twenty minutes. That was it, that is all I had.

Now, hell, one could google a hundred articles or threads on the subject in minutes. One could now find videos on doing it and not even have to wait for them to come in the mail! And I thought THAT was wild, being able to get a video on doing this stuff at a car show or something, THAT was a big deal in the eighties. Now, LESS than a minute after sitting at the computer yesterday I was watching a how to video on playing a song I am learning on my guitar! In LESS than a minute I am sitting there watching this great how to video!

Another thing that fascinates me about this web thing (), it's how people with like interests can get together with one an other. When I was a kid I had met a FEW people into Nailhead Buicks. A FEW, just a few, that was it. Now, in minutes I can find people all over the world who are building Buicks. I have bought and sold parts in minutes that would have taken me a lifetime to find!

Wild, just wild.

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When I stop to think how this hobby has changed since the net my head hurts!

When I chopped my truck in 1974 I went to talk to a neighbor who built rods. He wasn't a top chopping kinda guy so he didn't offer me much. He called a friend of his who was chopping a truck like mine and asked him if I could come by. My mom drove me (!, I had JUST turned 16) to a town a little ways away (too far to let me drive even though I did have a license) and he showed me this truck that was half chopped. He opened the Rod and Custom mag with the article on chopping the Dream Truck and we talked about it for fifteen or twenty minutes. That was it, that is all I had.

Now, hell, one could google a hundred articles or threads on the subject in minutes. One could now find videos on doing it and not even have to wait for them to come in the mail! And I thought THAT was wild, being able to get a video on doing this stuff at a car show or something, THAT was a big deal in the eighties. Now, LESS than a minute after sitting at the computer yesterday I was watching a how to video on playing a song I am learning on my guitar! In LESS than a minute I am sitting there watching this great how to video!

Another thing that fascinates me about this web thing (), it's how people with like interests can get together with one an other. When I was a kid I had met a FEW people into Nailhead Buicks. A FEW, just a few, that was it. Now, in minutes I can find people all over the world who are building Buicks. I have bought and sold parts in minutes that would have taken me a lifetime to find!

Wild, just wild.

Brian
Your one of the guys I was refering to Brian,your computer writing skills are very ez to understand but hard for someone like me to get right..BTW I'm finishing up a 1960 buick ,just painted the roof,white pearl,the bodies going orig red...I agree about this computer stuff it's simply amazing
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:41 AM
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Thanks for the kind words, and that Buick....ahhhhhh, one of my favorites.

Brian
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