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Hot Rods Windshield frame fab?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by XtechX, Mar 16, 2020.

  1. XtechX
    Joined: Jul 22, 2014
    Posts: 74

    from Edmore, MI

    Anybody make their own model A front window frame?
    If so do you have any pictures or details on how you did it?
    I also have thought about trying to figure out how to make a non opening window as well, some kind of built in frame work and then glue in a windshield with a nice seal.
    Any thoughts on either method?
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  2. mr.chevrolet
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 6,692


    I have a 31 chrysler without a WS frame. I gathered 3 pieces of "U" channel wide enough to accept glass and a gasket. "U" pieces are going to be the upper section going left to right and also the 2 side pieces. then i was going to use two pieces of 90 deg angle, stretch them in a a shrinker/stretcher to fit curve of cowl. weld U pieces, slide glass in and then fit the bottom. wasn't going to have it open. no pics as it's in the dream stage right now.
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  3. morac41
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 532


    I made a lot of these over the years You will have to find a dealer in brass sections ..The company I dealt with has disappeared in the last few years I had dealt with them since the early '50s... They had at least 100 different profiles plus rounds..square..angle strap U section flat bar Ect...The last time I brought several different sections a few years ago was to make new quarter vent windows for my 41 Caddy convert Brass will chrome perfect
  4. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,476


    I did a tech post many years ago for a roadster.. In the 1980s many guys in the streetrod scene glued in the glass with rubber molding.
    I am sure the frame can be made but with so many of them around and cheap 50 bucks or so.. you may have that in materials
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  5. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,235

    Model A Gomez

    I remember an article years ago about a glued in windshield in a Model A closed car, they welded in 1/2' square steel tube around the frame work and glued in the windshield. My question is why reinvent the wheel, Model A parts are fairly easy to find and reasonably priced. New and used windshield frames are out there, the 28 - 29 are sized different than 30 -31 .
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  7. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,733


    Please do not glue the windshield in.

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  8. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,476


    I know I sure would miss the opening window and especially on hot humid rainy days because you can crack the front window and side windows and its a nice breeze like old school A/C

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