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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:21 am
The tricky part of doing this, is that you have to take the old bottom edge of the windshield, and move it close enough to the glass that you can put the rubber gasket that holds the glass, close enough to seal it to the glass, but still have room for the glass to be put in. The rubber will be bonded to the glass and to the body to seal it, but it is also just on the outside, since the glass goes past it to the channel. I'll put rubber cushions on the channel for the glass to sit on. The gasket will fit over the glass and seal it, as it normally does, on the top and sides of the windshield.
When you cut the roof, it gets narrower, so I had to address the quarter tops where they meet, as well as fixing some rot in the area. Lots of trimming and bracing of the channel inside the trunk too. Then on to cutting the front windshield, since it is laminated, and can be cut. Again, a tricky job, with curved glass!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:21 am
Amazing stuff right there. I have enough trouble getting them restored properly and you are building them from scratch. :worthy: :worthy:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:34 pm
Agreed! your work is very impressive. I love seeing a true artist at work.

BTW, I am up for adoption, I can sweep floors, hand you tools, ask a million questions and I have no college debt. As long as I get to drive the Olds!!!!

Again, AWESOME!!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:49 pm
chopolds wrote:Dennis, you've been so encouraging to me here,


No you encourage me!!! between you and Chevman I have learned soooo much! between BOTH of you!!!!!
With every one of your guys posts I learn more and more! I just wished Chevman would post more of his Projects he is such a clever metal man.

More details about the Windshield opening rebuild and how you cut the Glass to fit please???????? There was a Lot of measuring that took place to get it too fit so well.
You have exceptional skills my friend you blow me away!


Maybe you should look into making some videos to sell?
I bet if you had detailed this wind screen reshape and Top chop youd have easily sold the videos to have made a few hundred grand! I have a Case of record able DVD's I would gladly donate all you would need is a Good Digital Video recorder some Video editing software and a DVD Burner and your making videos with your name on it! to sell!

The real money in this business is How too!!!! not doing the work Not selling the finished product. look forward to your next post!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:53 am
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Ahh, Dennis, I think you're my biggest fan...maybe the only one!
I don't think videos sell any more. There so much content on YouTube, both good and bad, that people don't buy How-To videos. But thanks for the idea.
The front glass opening was left as-is, so the stock glass could be cut and put in place. This is critical with curved glass openings. You can't angle, or pie cut them, like you can on flat glass cars, Model A's, 32's-40-s.
The rear glass is tempered, so you can't cut it. That's why I sunk it into the quarter. That part is done now. I had to make some "adjusters" out of long set screws, and nuts, to push the glass up once in place. Just to fine tune the fit up to the top of the opening. The bottom of the rear gasket was cut off, and the sides trimmed to fit the opening. Then it was put on the glass, and installed in the opening. Adjusted up until the gasket fit tight against the top. The bottom part of the gasket was trimmed so only the outside was used. I then broke out the urethane windshield adhesive and glues the bottom gasket to the body, and the glass. This will be the seal to keep water out now. I also pulled back the rest of the gasket and put a bit in there, too, just in case. I had to use the gaskets form the 4 door car, as they were in really good shape, and no one makes a replacement, only generic ones.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:26 pm
That is an awesome looking car even at this point. You guys with this level of metal skills are amazing...... :goodjob:
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:14 am
While playing around with the Lincoln, I was still making progress on the Olds. Got the chassis all rebuilt, but the time consuming part of it is still in the works. I had the brilliant (haha!) idea to do something different for the exhaust, an idea I had kicking around ever since I saw a set of Fenton headers for a small Chevy motor. If dual exhaust is cooler than single, then QUAD should be cooler than duals!
Started with SS headers off Ebay (cheaper than even buying flanges alone). I had to cut and shorten them, so I can run the car low. Also had to completely reroute some pipes to clear things that the shortening made them interfere with. AND to pair together the cylinders farthest apart in the firing order, hoping it would make it sound better.
Then weld on 2 into 1 collectors, and modify 4 mufflers. I cut 1/2" off the side of each one, to get the pipes spaces at one inch apart, made a separator plate, and welded them back together. Then began piecing the rest of the system using 1 3/4" straight SS tubing, and mandrel bends. Very time consuming! Not done yet, but so far, so good.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:23 am
Got the Olds back in the shop a month ago, and put it on the rotisserie. Been doing lots of small rust patches, body mounts, etc. Next step, is to build the cargo area. Hinged floor plate, with access to the spare tire and storage underneath.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 9:27 am
chopolds wrote:. Next step, is to build the cargo area. Hinged floor plate, with access to the spare tire and storage underneath.


I remember a Car My Old man had when I was very young that had hidden storage panels. for a seat and spare tire, and other storage.
I remember thinking it was really neat even at that young age I really liked those compartments. Thanks for bringing up those memories!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:57 am
Cargo area, almost done. The plan is to take out the spare tire well, lay it flat (had to make some extra room for it). Use the old tire well for battery and storage. Build the wagon floor above this, even with the trunk floor above the rear end. Framed it with 3/4 tubing, then a skin of sheet metal. Used 1/2" tubing to frame out the new floor panels, skinned with 18 ga. with some beads rolled into them. A couple piano hinges and I've got a floor!
Next is to replace the tire well with a more spacious storage area, and make a couple fiberglass wells along the sides of the cargo area, for additional storage. And cap off the cargo area nearest the tailgate.
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