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Technical Question/Guidance

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TBone40, May 7, 2020.

  1. TBone40
    Joined: Dec 26, 2011
    Posts: 14


    Greetings Rodders!
    I have a 1940 Coupe Deluxe and I am wanting to do away with the two-piece windshield. Anyone have any guidance or suggestions on how to do either a windshield that is joined in the middle (not with the divider that came stock) or a single piece windshield?
    I am looking for a shop that does this or will ship it, cost, templates, et al.
    Thank you, in advance, for your help!
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  2. I had my local glass shop, cut and fit 2 pieces for my 47 coupe. The pieces are slightly longer, and then the gap in middle was sealed with clear silicone. The pieces can't touch; they've been there for 25 years, 42000 miles. Still good, although the glass is getting a bit sandblasted.
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  3. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,980


    I remember over thinking this. Measured the angle the glass panes butted and did the trigonometry to determine how much the glass had to be ground back. Overkill. Close counts.

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  4. The one piece windshield is more of a street rod idea that IMHO didn't look very good, even when it was considered the hot set up - I call it bent glass because that's what it looked like to me.

    Personally the original look can't be improved on. HRP
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  5. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,966

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    In the custom car world of old;;;Doing that was a bit of a thing,back in the late 50s and early 60s,some cars that had the two part windshields,could be made into one piece,by using a recut 1951 Studebaker,as Studebaker had updated there 1950 earlyer two part with a one piece for a newer look in 51 but older body style update for there next years. It was flat but bent in center at the angle that fit Studebaker body/and that same bend angle fit a number of other brand cars with two part windshields.
    Joined: Apr 28, 2020
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    Same goes for 51 Oldsmobile one piece fitting 49-52 chevy.

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    eBay has them for $360, one piece seamless tinted. Screenshot_20200507-130535.jpeg

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  8. Yeah, this ^^^
    I haven't seen the '40 version, but have seen several '41-48 versions and they look terrible. Quite a bit of optical distortion, not something I'd want to look through. V-butted glass is traditional, first noted nationally on the Hirohata Merc among others. My avatar has v-butted glass and you really don't see the seam. You do need to be a bit careful when cleaning the glass as the sealer can be dislodged if you get too heavy-handed (AMHIK), but re-doing it isn't a big deal.

    And the tinting at the top looks totally street-roddy… butt ugly.
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  9. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,686

    Bandit Billy

    Carzy Steve beat me to it. I have a friend that installed the bent glass and it was horrid in the center. I would never recommend it.
  10. dana - your memory is a steel trap....I'd forgotten all about the Stude windshield even though I had a '51 back in the stoneage.
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  11. I V-butted my windshield and love it, all you see is smiling faces, the windshield frame would've made it look way to heavy around the perimeter. 20200507_173040.jpg
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  12. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,009

    The Shift Wizard

    You asked for "guidance", so..........

    I would rather put a metal strip over the butted or bent glass than the other way around. :cool:
    If you want a new car, buy a new car. I don't have a problem with that. I have some of those myself. :rolleyes:
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  13. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,765


    V butted and sealed in my 40 Pontiac. Matches the raised V in the roof. pontiac.jpg
  14. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,872


    The split windshield of a 40 Ford is one of the reasons the car looks so good.
    Leave it alone, please.
  15. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,049


    To me...looking out of a split windshield just makes me feel good. I don't know why. Maybe I see myself flying a WWII bomber?? Thank goodness we all don't like the same thing. Good luck and I'd guess a Vee Butt windshield will give you the same good feeling!!
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  16. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,398


    I love the 2 piece windshield in my 49 Buick, it brings me back to when I was a kid and most cars had them. But I also like listing to my vacuum wipers clicking and sucking:eek: when driving in the rain.:D
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  17. brokedownbiker
    Joined: Jun 7, 2016
    Posts: 542


    @TBone40 Talk to the guys at up at-

    All Valley Auto Glass
    2816 Old Hwy 99 S, Ste 2, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    Phone: +1 360 416 8282
    Great people with a ton of old car experience, they have always treated me good.
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  18. The bent glass windshield look like shit. V- butted is ok and if done with minimum gap will work fine. Is there a special reason why you want to eliminate the center bar?

    Sent from dumb operator on a smart phone
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  19. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,872


    The 2 piece windshield is the "Period Marque" of the car.
  20. You must puke in your hat when you see pics of the 'Matador'....
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  21. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,589

    dirty old man

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ I'd rather puke dead center of the car.
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  22. rudestude
    Joined: Mar 23, 2016
    Posts: 2,482


    I also prefer the split windshields
    Infact I have a 1950 Studebaker champion Starlight coupe, and it has the one peice windshield.
    And I also have a 1950 Studebaker champion 4dr. sedan, and it has a two piece, split , windshield ...its a nice car but I'm just using it for a parts car . I also have a 1950 Studebaker Commander 2dr. sedan.
    I'm looking into swapping the split windshields from the 4dr into the Starlight coupe.
    Something different.....

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  23. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 3,965

    from Ok

    At least you got one answer. Like the Vbut I put in my 40 just fine. But, when I replace it soon due to chips and such from road trips I will probably go back to center strip.
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  24. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,581

    from PNW

    Hey, the guy was asking for 'guidance' on how to do it. NOT for your 'permission' to do it. When did HIS 40 coupe become the HAMB's 40 coupe?

    Any good auto glass shop in your area should be able to handle the process. And you won't have to ask for their permission either.
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  25. Penetrator
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 420

    from SK CAN

    I began a writing a long-winded response an hour ago, but wiped it out because RJP said what I was trying to say in a much shorter message!
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  26. Unfortunately, and I mean that, it sure seems to be the normal thing around here and when you call someone out on it all of a sudden you're the bad guy.
  27. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 2,982


    I just wanted to see Swade's avatar again.....
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  28. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 6,872


    No, not really. El Matador is a radical custom of the 60's.
    It's so radical that the windshield actually makes it look better.
    The quarter windows and the doors are just about all that reminds
    folks it started life as a 40 Ford. Take a look:
    Last edited: May 8, 2020
  29. Pat Thompson
    Joined: Apr 29, 2012
    Posts: 198

    Pat Thompson

    I have a buddy's 39 windshield frame. He took his car to a glass company to have them butt the windshield and glue in. They took the frame out, then removed the center bar and put new butted glass in the old frame and put it back in the car. Not what we wanted. Needless to say, he went to a different glass company and had them glue windshield in body and gave me the framed one.
  30. TBone40
    Joined: Dec 26, 2011
    Posts: 14


    Thank you all for your input. I appreciate all of the comments...I really do. One thing remains constant...the HAMB boards never disappoint. I am undecided and that is why I posted this. I am totally re-building the Coupe, so I have time. I do know that I must solve the leaking problem. I cannot get the center seal to stop leaking in the rain or during a wash. I have replaced the rubber seal and the metal section. I even coated it in windshield sealant to no avail. Once again thank you all. And Swade....I think your avatar is cold. She should put on a sweater....;o)
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