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Anyone know of a company in the USA that makes custom DOT glass??

I would like to have the side glass made to fit the body. I don't care for the big gap between the body and glass.

I know I could get tempered glass but I would prefer to have one with the DOT stamp on it.
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Once the glass is tempered can it not be reheated and bowed ever so slightly to match the curve? Not saying it's a DIY project just honestly asking if it's an option.
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You can with laminated, you can't with tempered.
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Found a couple of places that will custom build DOT glass but the tooling cost makes it not worth it for just one set of side glass
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Which gap are you referring to, Brett? Is it the overall width/height dimension that you want to close up? The actual opening is fairly flat, hence the flat plate glass, and weatherstripping takes up the rest. I have a CAD file of the original window that can be modified for a dimensionally larger piece of glass (complete with holes for the hinges/latch). I used that to print out a pattern for my own glass before Dave had bought SSC and took the pattern to a glass shop to cut the piece, then sent it out for tempering. Wasn't excruciatingly expensive, but it wasn't bad.
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:54 PM
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Which gap are you referring to, Brett? Is it the overall width/height dimension that you want to close up? The actual opening is fairly flat, hence the flat plate glass, and weatherstripping takes up the rest. I have a CAD file of the original window that can be modified for a dimensionally larger piece of glass (complete with holes for the hinges/latch). I used that to print out a pattern for my own glass before Dave had bought SSC and took the pattern to a glass shop to cut the piece, then sent it out for tempering. Wasn't excruciatingly expensive, but it wasn't bad.


I made a copy of the window out of fiberglass and placed it in the window opening then glassed in a stringer so it would hold its shape.
When the fiberglass copy was placed on a flat surface, length wise there is a 3/4" deflection angle in it for it to sit flat in the opening.

In my book that's not close to being flat

Maybe the later cars are closer.


I could get one made up and have it tempered I think but it wouldn't have the DOT certified stamp on it

Got a question for you.
At the latch, how far does your side window open.

The electric window unit I have only opens it about 1 1/2". Doesn't seem much to me

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That sounds about right for the deflection. Typically the weatherstrip would take care of that. I've honestly never paid it much mind as I've not had a cockpit leak at the windows with the right stripping.


The latch.. I've used some of the mini-van rear window latches versus the OE latch mechanisms in the past and they've both opened about the same - around 2.5" at the middle of the window. Some of the UK guys split the window (made a fixed triangular section at the front) and hinged it at the front flat (like an old style Beetle) and put the latch at the rearmost part of the window to allow for a much further opening joint. But I'm pretty sure most of them used plexiglass for that, though having custom cut flat tempered probably wouldn't be horridly expensive.
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