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Projects My (non) direct fit DuVall 1930/31 Ford Roadster Windshield

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Phil Carracho, Jan 21, 2020.

  1. Phil Carracho
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    Photo Jan 12, 9 27 01 PM.jpg

    I purchased an aluminum Duvall Windshield here on the H.A.M.B. from an older gentlemen who hat a lot of cool traditional speed parts. It was supposed to fit a 30/31 cowl but it turned out to take a lot of modifications to get it where it is now. In between Speedway canceled my order for the brass Duvall Windshield so it was time to get the tools out and start modifying. What you see here is the current state of the windshield with the upper frame already welded. Other than the regular Duvall windshields I decided to have the center post a little higher to give it that V shape look. The two on the outside are about 4" wider over all to line up with the width of the body. The body is a 30/31 Brookville Roadster by the way.
    What y`all think about the shape of the windshield?
    I`ll document all steps it took an will take to get it finally done.
     
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  2. Phil Carracho
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    I had to bend the lower left and right frame pieces to align with the shape of the cowl with the effect that the glass channel was no longer straight. I TIG welded the channel from the point where it stated to make a curve on both sides. Aluminum was also added to the front of the frame to have enough "meat" to re-cut the glass channel. As you can see the center post had also some issues. I had to make a spacer to align with the frame pieces and the angle had to be corrected. Photo Dec 19, 11 53 57 PM.jpg
     
  3. Phil Carracho
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    It`s a huge benefit to have a Bridgeport milling machine at work.... Photo Dec 20, 2 53 11 PM.jpg
     
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  4. Phil Carracho
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    next step was to take care of the center post. Luckily the aluminum welds really good.
    The 1/8 spacer was added to the bottom and welded all around.
     

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  5. Phil Carracho
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    I had to add about 2" on each side of he upper frame to have both sides meet up right in the middle. Unfortunately I didn`t take pictures of the pieces I welded in but the result looks really nice. Photo Jan 12, 9 27 01 PM (1).jpg
     
  6. GordonC
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    Great looking work! I always liked the look of those on a 31 but couldn't justify the expense of one or the amount of labor it takes to get them to fit correctly.
     
  7. Clearly not your first rodeo. I like it.


    Rusty, Greasy, Noisy
     
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    Looks great!
     
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  11. hfh
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    Nice work on the windshield Phil. I’ve been driving behind mine for 20 years at least and besides looking nice, 9AD7AEA0-0F43-428E-B125-F944CF1C43D0.jpeg CB778551-C0B1-4F61-A141-CBDEE6C2D2EB.jpeg there is so much less turbulence behind these compared to a one piece windshield. My first one was a bronze casting made from pine patterns that I made. The current one is an aluminum casting with metal on three sides only. I prefer this configuration. Hope to see your finished product sometime.
     
  12. lufsdastuf
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    Phil, any update on how this turned out. I have what may be the same raw casting. I was looking at my pieces and it looks like I will have some of the same issues you had. Any additional tips would be great.


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  13. Stogy
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    :rolleyes:...Yes, and knowing how to use it...priceless...your giving it the love it deserves with style...in the end it will be polished?
     
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  14. Kan Kustom
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    Glad to hear the aluminum welds good. I bought one here on the HAMB and am assuming from the same guy. I have not used mine yet and appreciate this thread. The reason I bought the aluminum one was I liked the idea of polishing it rather than chrome plating the brass one.
     
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  15. Baron
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    I like the final shape you came up with. Has a great look. Big fan of Duvall windshields. I bought one of the early Cam Grant ones here on the HAMB 5 yrs ago, than had to build a car around it. Five years later, I hope to be driving it sometime this summer. Keep up the good work and good luck.
     
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    Looking forward to see this come together, I have one for the W.E. That I eventually have to complete.
     
  17. LKR
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    Very nice. Love these windshields
     
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  18. Looks absolutely fantastic. Great fit and your tickling has added to the overall look perfectly.
    Cheers,
    Josh
     
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  19. Phil Carracho
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    I’ll take some pictures tonight, progress was slow due to work related travel.
    The aluminum welds really great, that was my concern in the beginning.


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  20. Phil Carracho
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    I like the brushed aluminum style, I guess I’ll brush and clear coat it.


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  21. Phil Carracho
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    [​IMG][​IMG]
    I haven’t worked much on the windshield lately, but the chassis is sitting now the first time on wheels and I’m happy with the stance and the rake of the windshield.[​IMG]



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