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Old 11-21-2012, 09:09 AM
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Scratch building details - doors, windows, etc.

Don't know about the rest of you, but sometimes I get a project in my head and I go over it up there for months, working out all the details. Usually, I end up abandoning it, but not always.

Anyhow, I've got a project bouncing around involving a scratch built body. Something in an early 30s style, but nothing that could be identified as an existing model. Still undecided if it would be coupe, roadster, or maybe RPU. Probably end up in fiberglass just because of the cost and my experience.

But one big area that I'm not able to really work out in my brain are some of the more mundane details.

Like putting glass in the doors.

Flat glass is probably easiest unless you could find something exactly the right size. But that's the easy part. What about window regulators, window channels, weatherstripping around the opening and along the outer door edge where it meets the window?

How about weatherstripping around the door area, or along the top of the window and windshield on a ragtop?

Looking at a production vehicle - all that stuff is very well thought out and it drives a lot of the little details of the body, but when you're scratch building, it would seem you need to know what sorts of assemblies and materials are going to be used in order to incorporate them into the body work up front.

And I think a lot of this is applicable when seriously customizing an existing body, or one where parts are no longer available to replace the originals.

So, how do you guys deal with these details? What sorts of parts/products do you find yourself using over and over? Any tips and tricks?
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