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02-22-2012 08:14 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I've been fabricating a frame for the 55 Chevy windshield using 14 feet of 18 ga sheet metal bent to 90 degrees and a hand-operated shrinker/stretcher. I have discovered why the hand-operated versions are so much cheaper than the foot-operated ones - you have to do reps like a body builder to get anything done with the hand-operated version. This old fart has to go in and rest after about an hour of mashing on the thing. Anyhow, I've got six of the eight required pieces complete. Once the blister in my palm heals I'll have a go at the remaining two pieces.

The photo of the pieces laying flat does not do justice to the fit of the pieces in 3 dimensions, but they won't hang on the glass by themselves.


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02-06-2012 09:25 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Marrying the Malibu passenger rear window frame to the driver's side S10 door went much faster (3 days). Now I have both frames mounted and have test-fit the glass with the weatherstripping and the power window motors. Both windows function properly with no scrapes or snags, although they don't go down as far as I'd like. Oh well. I have hung the doors back on the cab and checked the alignment of the tops. Luckily, they're dead-on level. Now I can start fitting the Malibu roof/door frames and fabricating the windshield frame.


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02-06-2012 09:21 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I reworked the fit of the Malibu driver's side rear window frame to the S10 passenger side door. This was the third time I've adjusted this, so the inside panel of the S10 door is fairly chewed up. I spent 3 weeks getting this door right.


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01-31-2012 08:58 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
Finally removed the S10 front and rear windshield to see how the 55-56 Chevy windshield would fit. I removed the S10 roof and A pillars, too. The curve at the base of the 55-56 windshield is close to that of the S10, but it's off enough that a new base will have to be constructed with the rest of the windshield frame. Cleaning up the S10 windshield opening showed me that my guesstimate of the depth of the 55-56 windshield was off by 3 inches, requiring some rework on the Malibu window frame in the S10 door. I also will need to adjust the angle of the window track in the door to match the side angle of the 55-56 windshield.

Oh well, it's just metal.


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01-26-2012 08:40 PM S10 fabrication (cont'd)
I discovered by accident that the width of the S10 cab at the base of the windshield is the same as the width of the 55-56 Chevy sedan windshield. A body shop that my son works with had a customer's 56 Chevy that was having all of its glass replaced. They gave me the old windshield, completely chip-free, for free. I have wanted to chop the top because the slant of the S10 windshield contrasts so sharply with the more vertical windshields of the 30s and 40s, so getting the 56 Chevy windshield forced me to search for windows that would work with the S10 doors and the wrap-around windshield. After spending several days searching through wrecking yards and used car lots, I settled on a few car models that would fit, including the 1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu. My latest Craigslist.com find was two rear doors and the entire roof of a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu for $160. Here's the first S10 door modified to house the Malibu window frame, including the power window motor.

I am 7 months in to this build now, having started the S10 disassembly in June 2011.


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