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Old 02-27-2009, 06:17 AM
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Custom windshield???

Hello everyone, we are planning on widening our beetle body for our V8 Beetle around 6”, and I might be just a week or two from slicing the car down the middle. I’ve just had one worry about doing this thought………….. The windshield

Being that the windshield is flat, I figure I can have a local glass shop cut me a piece of laminated safety glass if I make them a template, but I worry about the seal.

The VW seal won’t be long enough any more, I thought about just buying 2 seals and splicing in the extra, but I’m thinking that might lead to leaking problems.

So then I was thinking that I could just weld a wider lip all the way around the inside of the windshield frame. This would give me a place to glue the windshield like too like windshields now-a-days. Then I won’t have to worry about the rubber seal. I could cut a template out of ¼” plywood or whatever and have the glass shop cut me my laminated safety glass and I could glue it in. Then I have a friend that does vinyl graphics and he could cut me a vinyl boarder for the windshield to protect the windshield glue from UV and so you wouldn’t see the ugly glue.

So does this sound like it will work????

Any thoughts or ideas will be appreciated!!!


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Old 02-27-2009, 06:39 AM
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I think I would go the 2 rubber seal route....It shouldn't be too hard to get a weathertight bond. If you went the other way, you would want some sort of trim over it, which would be a pain to make.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:53 AM
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It will be no problem what so ever to use two windshield gaskets and have a couple of seams. Any good glass shop will seal those seams properly.

By the way, that windshield isn't "flat". It is very close to flat, but not flat. Not unless this bug is real early, I think 62 or so, I forget but after that there is a little curve. A large piece of flat laminate will bend into it's place though.

The back glass is another story, what do you plan on doing with that? It is tempered and you will need to replace it with plexiglass or something like that.

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Old 02-28-2009, 07:43 AM
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Thanks Guys!!!

It looks like I'll probably stick with the seal on the windshield then.

Our bug is a 69 convertible and after looking at it closely it does look to have just a little curve to it.

On the back glass I have a couple ideas, we'll have to see what it looks like when I get that far.

Obviously since this bug is a convertible I won't be using a stock top. We are planning on building a hardtop convertible for it though. So I figure I have 3 options with the back window, being that it has a pretty good curve to it.

1) re-use the org. back window if it doesn't look stupid with the car being wider

2) replace the back window with flat panel of glass

3) use some lexan (polycarbinate) to make a wider version of the org. window, that way I'll be able to get the curves in it.

Thats just something I'll have to tackel when I get to that point.

Before we were planning on widening the car and making it a hard top convertible we were thinking of painting the car a metal flake green with a black top.

Now I'll be making composite hard top panels. I'm leaning towards making them from carbon fiber and kevlar and/or fiberglass with a foam core, and just clear coating over the carbon fiber instead of painting it black, I think it would look pretty sharp. If not I'll just stick with the fiberglass and foam composite and paint them..........

We'll see


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Old 02-28-2009, 07:56 AM
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Remember, you would widen the conv top by simply lengthening the bars! Pretty easy compared to making a new top.

I would widen the rear window too if it were me.

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Old 03-01-2009, 01:24 PM
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Remember, you would widen the conv top by simply lengthening the bars! Pretty easy compared to making a new top.

I would widen the rear window too if it were me.

Brian

Yeah it would be easy to widen the framework, but it would need a custom headliner and top, etc....... I'm used to working with foam and glass composites, not sewing.... LOL

Plus it would be cool to make and have a hard top convertible V8 Beetle!!!

I figure that I'll be able to use parts of or modify the vw framework, but we'll see.


Talk to you all later

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Take pics and post them in a project journal. Should be an interesting how to.
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Old 03-04-2009, 11:17 PM
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I've been taking lots of pictures of the project, go to my profile and check out my website, just click on the beetle banner towards the bottom.

I'll keep everyone updated with our progress.....


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Take pics and post them in a project journal. Should be an interesting how to.
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:21 PM
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I thought of you zbhover when I came across a photo I took of a "thinbug" at the VW drags back in 1985. I figured it would be easier to find one on the net that to take a digital photo of my photo. So this is what I found. The car has changed a little from my photo with that rear bumper thingie, but basically looks like it did in 85.

Brian

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