Windshield Development

BAR-AIR

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Yes the VW dune buggy windshields come in widths from 39” to 46” they are AS1 as required. You can see above in this and a couple other threads in the forum I have used one straight like yours and also cut and VEE’d one for Nate’s Goblin. I haven’t driven the Goblin with the VEE’d version but I have put a reasonable amount of driving the flat windshield. First it works, it looks pretty good, the distance between the windshield and the steering wheel is OK (could have some more room) the rake is off (as is it need more) every time I drive it I need to clean the windshield due to bugs (while this may seem like a petty complaint - my reason for concern bugs hit flat and splatter I’m dreading the day I’m behind someone and they throw a stone it’s going to shatter it).
 

Motoracer110

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Yes the VW dune buggy windshields come in widths from 39” to 46” they are AS1 as required. You can see above in this and a couple other threads in the forum I have used one straight like yours and also cut and VEE’d one for Nate’s Goblin. I haven’t driven the Goblin with the VEE’d version but I have put a reasonable amount of driving the flat windshield. First it works, it looks pretty good, the distance between the windshield and the steering wheel is OK (could have some more room) the rake is off (as is it need more) every time I drive it I need to clean the windshield due to bugs (while this may seem like a petty complaint - my reason for concern bugs hit flat and splatter I’m dreading the day I’m behind someone and they throw a stone it’s going to shatter it).
Agree, the windshield being flat is a bummer, I’d say it’s a great option until goblin comes out with their glass windshields. They look sweet for sure. It’s amazing how much company’s charge for custom glass and frames. Last I spoke with Lonny they had their prototype made and they are testing it to find how much force is needed to break it and be sure no design changes are needed. If any of you can do non drastic changes to the car to make it street legal until the goblin windshield comes out that’s the way to go
 

Karter2026

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my reason for concern bugs hit flat and splatter I’m dreading the day I’m behind someone and they throw a stone it’s going to shatter it).
Rain-x will make the bug cleaning much easier.

I have that same fear of the stone. That is one of the reasons I made a tempered hard board template of the glass that I got after a trial fit, It hangs on the wall in the garage. It has every detail on it Where the AS1 logo goes how wide the black urethane primer is. My glass guy was an old street rodder and I do not know how long he will be doing this. So I want to be able to show the young glass guy how it is done. So I can be back on the road fairly quickly.

Agree, the windshield being flat is a bummer, I’d say it’s a great option until goblin comes out with their glass windshields. They look sweet for sure. It’s amazing how much company’s charge for custom glass and frames. Last I spoke with Lonny they had their prototype made and they are testing it to find how much force is needed to break it and be sure no design changes are needed. If any of you can do non drastic changes to the car to make it street legal until the goblin windshield comes out that’s the way to go
I pretty much copied Bar-Air's windshield frame. I did get a little more rake to it than he had but I shortened the height some also. But I will tell you that the frame with the forward to aft bars down the center and the tube frame around the glass. I would not trade for anything. I use that frame to get in and out every time. It is also a great place to toss the quick release wheel. Bruce and I discussed these bars in detail one day. If you just put a glass windshield on with no support some one will grab it and break it getting in or out of your car. It may not be you but a passenger. I know of 3 Factory Five Cobras locally that have had the glass replaced because of this and they have doors to make entry and exit easier. I wanted the curved glass when I started this project. I was stalled for 2 months on a windshield design. I talked to many Pro builders and hobby builders and the general consensus was go flat if you are driving it every day for the ease and time of replacement. If you are building a show car spend the time and money for the curved. Thats just my 2¢
 

Ross

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64 Corvette: bottom width is 48” the top width is 42.5”, heighth is 16” (top to bottom) and a center heighth is 21.25” (top to bottom)
Karman Ghia: bottom width is 47.5", top width 41", heighth is 17" tall. 5.25" of curvature.
VW Superbettle: not sure about the width, heighth is 19" tall.
Chevy Spark: bottom width 50.5", heighth is 34.5". Not much curvature.
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Ross

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Smart car: 52.5" x 31"
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I'm guess JSATX is right, I'm not going to find an OEM glass that is small enough.
Now I'm thinking of using my second choice, making a tempered polycarbonate screen.
 
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