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    Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    Sitting just now and watching Wheeler Dealers. They are doing a 1973 Saab 9-6. The windshield was cracked so they went to a guy - (This in California BTW) - with a massive auto glass warehouse. They literally walked around with the glass until they found a windshield with the same profile (Impala) and then, in the shop cut it down to fit with a glass cutter, a propane torch and some flammable liquid. It was absolutely amazing.
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    Re: Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    I saw that one too. Didn't know you could do that!
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    I was wondering how they knew that the compound curvature was a good match to what the SAAB needed. I'd like to think the guy has a database that helps with such things... but maybe it's all in his memory.
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    If it is in his head I hope someone coddleshim for the rest of his hopefully long life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 65_BRG_Sprite View Post
    If it is in his head I hope someone coddleshim for the rest of his hopefully long life!
    what I was thinking too!

    I have seen/ read stories of people chopping their hot rods - and hence their windshields. Much to do with string and fire and buying extra windshields - this seemed quite easy (assuming of course you knew what you were doing and what fit.

    In terms of the knowledge, I can't imagine it would be terribly difficult to create such a data base - I suspect manufacturers already have it - though not necessarily in usable form.
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    Re: Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    Why are those shops always in California or England? I don't know if CT even has any machine shops left that could work on an engine. There seem to be a few fancy high-priced places catering to the 1% and that's about it. Are there shops in your area that could do line boring, head shaving and all the other engine work that you see on TV?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    Why are those shops always in California or England? I don't know if CT even has any machine shops left that could work on an engine. There seem to be a few fancy high-priced places catering to the 1% and that's about it. Are there shops in your area that could do line boring, head shaving and all the other engine work that you see on TV?
    I think so, There are a couple of engine shops (I have used 3, 2 locally - mind you Toronto is a big place) I have not had them do anything but boil the block and measure since I like to rebuild myself. I will say there is a local carb shop - I haven't used them but I think it is carlos and Carlos - both getting long in the tooth with no one to take over, and, I know of one machine shop that just closed - the owner was both tired of the hassles and of being stiffed.
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    Re: Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    We have at least one in Macon GA. They do everything, heads, hot tank and line honing.

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    Re: Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    Quote Originally Posted by pdplot View Post
    Why are those shops always in California or England? I don't know if CT even has any machine shops left that could work on an engine. There seem to be a few fancy high-priced places catering to the 1% and that's about it. Are there shops in your area that could do line boring, head shaving and all the other engine work that you see on TV?
    I can think of two that can. We have a fairly robust Sprint car culture around here and the local shops will cater to their needs.
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    Re: Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    There used to be probably a dozen or more machine shops around here. Now there are two that I know of. The last two I worked with are both gone, and too bad, nice guys to work with and reasonable. I don't think newer stuff is rebuilt much anymore, it is more often a sensor or electrical issue. The last guy I used said he mostly re-did warped aluminum heads and not too much else on modern stuff.

    I saw that Wheeler Dealer's too, the windshield guy just seemed to have an eye for the curve. Pretty amazing, both the picking out and the carving it to shape.

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    Re: Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    We have a really good machine shop not too far away. About 20 years ago, I had him do my Austin 3000 engine. When he was done, he said he would never do another one. A couple of years ago, one of our club members went to him to ask if he would do his Austin 3000 engine and he said "No."
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    Re: Windshield and Wheeler Dealers

    Not windshields but, British Car TV (which is Mostly Waaaay better than North American Car TV) - one show I kind of like is the Motorcycle Show, while on holiday, they were restoring (I think) a Triumph something or another.

    More to the point they sent the speedometer away to be rebuilt and the rebuilder used a strap wrench to remove the bezel holding the glass in place.

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