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Old 02-19-2012, 09:14 PM
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BTW,,,ANY router bits with a 1/4" shaft can be used in an air die grinder....if your worried about getting shocked.....I even have an 1/8" adapter to use dremel bits with my air die grinder when the need arises...
Great info, thanks! Alas, I am still in the "startup" phase of my shop, so I haven't sprung for a good air compressor and tools yet. I only have a 1/3hp 3 gal tank. I'll get there though!

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cut down windshield

I had a rear window out of a 91 chevy truck so I used a carbide cutoff wheel in my makita angle grinder. moving slowly with lite pressure and cutting both sides of the glass, I had it cut all the way through except the last 2 inches. it went off like a shotgun.if I would have used water to keep it cool I mite of made it. if you use sand blasting,duck tape it good and keep the pressure down to 40 lbs.
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The rear glass would be tempered,I dont know of anyone thats been able to sucessfully cut one ...
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you can not cut tempered glass period. no sanding the edge or anything else.
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there are many ways to cut a windshield
i'll be impressed when you cut one to fit a frame

this thread will be the one guys think about when they chop first, cut later.
and find the curvature does not work.
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Ahhh,but on a car like mine with all flat glass I can make every piece out of safety glass instead of lexan ,whether its chopped or not...
You can bet I'll be trying it ...
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for flat glass I did try to put in my cheap tile cutting machine (Harbor Freight) and it cut a straight line like cutting through butter. I did cut my chopped windshield with a sandblaster for my el camino. worked great till I tried to smooth out the work with a sander it cracked I should have used water.

I still have been to lazy to try putting a couple of layers of aluminum tape on the glass and try to cut it with my plasma cutter. The el camino is gone but still have plenty of glass to experiment with. ED
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your going to cut a windshield with a torch ?????

flat glass is no problem to cut. no tension in the glass. simple glass cutter and lighter fluid works fine.
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I started in the auto glass business back in 1962 and we didn't have roto tools. We cut down all our curved windshields with a sandblaster. It is much easier than what is proposed here, and the finished edge is smoother, and the risk of breakage is much less.

Personally i'm with you rattler and your sandblastingIts the best and certainly the cheapest once a crack starts after you have it all installed. then its an expensive trip from there. jmo
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there are many ways to cut a windshield
i'll be impressed when you cut one to fit a frame

this thread will be the one guys think about when they chop first, cut later.
and find the curvature does not work.
When I decided to chop my pro-street S-10,I drove it down to the local glass shop,had them remove the windshield,cut 4 " off the top of the glass,and put the windshield in a box.I drove the truck home with no windshield.I cut the roof to fit the glass,rather than trying to make the glass fit the roof.
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When I decided to chop my pro-street S-10,I drove it down to the local glass shop,had them remove the windshield,cut 4 " off the top of the glass,and put the windshield in a box.I drove the truck home with no windshield.I cut the roof to fit the glass,rather than trying to make the glass fit the roof.

that is a great idea i'll have to remember that one bravo!!!!
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When I decided to chop my pro-street S-10,I drove it down to the local glass shop,had them remove the windshield,cut 4 " off the top of the glass,and put the windshield in a box.I drove the truck home with no windshield.I cut the roof to fit the glass,rather than trying to make the glass fit the roof.
Hallelujah!!! I wish the guy who chopped my truck had that foresight! A month after I realized what he did, I wanted to drive the 3 hours back down to him just to strangle him. Just a little. Ok he was a nice guy but still! Great idea and forethought!
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Hallelujah!!! I wish the guy who chopped my truck had that foresight! A month after I realized what he did, I wanted to drive the 3 hours back down to him just to strangle him. Just a little. Ok he was a nice guy but still! Great idea and forethought!
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since the 50's the trick has always been to remove the window and make a good pattern from it. some use cardboard . i always make a fiberglass pattern. after the chop cut and fit the pattern to the opening then cut your glass to match.
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since the 50's the trick has always been to remove the window and make a good pattern from it. some use cardboard . i always make a fiberglass pattern. after the chop cut and fit the pattern to the opening then cut your glass to match.

This idea was probably the first one i heard of 45 or more years ago.It worked really well. I remember a 57 ranchero we chopped. We as kids lost 4 w/s in the process think back a minute and remember how the end of the glass wrapped around the corner, then the A-pillar came back .and back around again towards the center of the hood. The bind. we had was causing the cracks, The glass i rmenmber was being reproduced in africa but we paid a $100.00 for w/s's frm texas.that was a lot of money in the late 70s.
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