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Technical This is how I cut windshields down for top chop vehicles

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ChrisBlattie, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. ChrisBlattie
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 266

    from Montana

    Here ya go, I hope it helps some of you finish your projects!

  2. Am I the only one that can tell your talking but not actually hear what your saying? Yes, My volume is all the way up.
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  3. Hudson31
    Joined: Feb 22, 2013
    Posts: 24


    Thanks, you make that look so easy!

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  4. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 816


    Volume worked here..
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  5. BadassBadger
    Joined: Oct 24, 2010
    Posts: 453

    from wisconsin

  6. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,665

    Dave Mc

    Always wondered , great demo
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  7. Dragginwaggin
    Joined: Jan 23, 2009
    Posts: 17

    from Canada

    Thanks Chris, I'd love to see more. How to hold the cutting tool, sanding details, more videos please. Great work.

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  8. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 5,106


    I knew a guy once who chopped the roof of his early 70's Chevrolet short/stepside truck, and even cut his own windshield; something he'd never done before. Some guys just have natural born talents. I remember him telling me about using alcohol, set to fire, to loosen/stretch the rubber laminate material, and cutting it with a razor blade. Good demo. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  9. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 24,335


    Great demo! I'd like to know more about the oil filled cutter. Bob
  10. RMONTY
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
    Posts: 1,152


    Dude where is your eye protection?!?!:eek:

    Kiddos, don't try this at home without safety equipment!
  11. fiftyv8
    Joined: Mar 11, 2007
    Posts: 4,476

    from CO & WA

    Excellent post.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  12. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,073

    from Nicasio Ca

    Nice work Chris, thanks for sharing. I'm curious why you wouldn't score both sides first before the separating process?
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  13. 54reno
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
    Posts: 101


    Thanks for posting. Informative.
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  15. Stu D Baker
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,378

    Stu D Baker
    from Illinois

    Thanks for posting and taking the time to document the process for us.
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  16. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,151


    Great video!
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  17. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,026


    Great video,
    man I sure could have used this twenty five years ago when I tried to cut my first windshield.
    I broke four before taking it to a pro, he broke his first try and finally had success on his second.
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  18. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 40,568


    It looks to me like he first scored one side, then "cracked" that side, then did the score and crack on the other side, then separated the piece (with fire, which is what makes this all so fun!)

    Thanks for the we know what it takes. It does not look easy.
  19. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,075

    Kan Kustom

    Thanks for sharing with us. When a craftsman shares their craft with others, it is priceless. One thing I wonder about is what is happening to the plastic laminate at the edge of the remaining windshield from the melting of the plastic. Seems it might seperate between the two layers of glass and cause cloudiness or other problems in time. Have you monitored this over time ?
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
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  20. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,073

    from Nicasio Ca

    True, I meant why not score both sides before 'cracking' the first, seems like it would lessen the chance of an unwanted crack on the unscored side.
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  21. texasred
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 970

    from Houston

    You want to score directly over the top of first cut, it keeps runs down
  22. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,974

    from Utah
    1. Utah HAMBers

    Thanks for posting. I don't know if I could ever have the patience!
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  23. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,569

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Had a good idea as I actually watched a glass guy do the same for a 36 ford in a buddy's shop.
    Just happened to show up as they were getting started, stayed and learned as he did all the windows.
    Very interesting on the curved aspect, Thanks for sharing!
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  24. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,144

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.

    Nice,thanks,sound is very low,even at max,but banging is high/that work good enough any way,enjoyed it.
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  25. I look sideways at windshields and they break,
    He uses: cutters, pliers as hammers, flames, and sharp instruments and makes it looks easy,,,,
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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 1,129


    That’s all I got ! Great video step by step awesome

    I won’t try it, can’t even load glasses in the dishwasher without braking them !! Nevermind this skill !!
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  27. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 14,776


    Thanks for taking the time to demonstrate. I always wondered how they did it.
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  28. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,743


    I'd probably crack half a dozen before I got it right, or just drop the whole damn thing on the floor just as I was finishing.
  29. Thought for sure he would crack it then take a sledge hammer and beat the hell out of it!:p
    Neat how to vid. Never knew about the oil filled cutter. Thanks
  30. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,073

    from Nicasio Ca

    The windshield replacement folks probably have plenty of cracked windshields to give away for practice.

    If I ever managed to get one done and installed I sure wouldn't be following any big rigs.
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