Something I had been working toward for some time. It finally paid off. I made a steel insert with welded on nuts the shape of the window. We laser just some plastic yesterday but I am having the glass company make me a glass.

The rear window is now installed and can be removed in about 5 minutes!

It was noisy and warm without a rear window! Every time I drove by where someone had mowed I got it inside the car!


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My problem with making parts has always been testing enough vehicles to be comfortable with design parameters. Not to mention, our laser cutting shop we do better with laser orders form companies then doing our own products. It's just how we are set up.

If one of the Pantera companies is interested in making them let me know privately. I'll gladly share my drawings just so the product can be out there for others.
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Something I had been working toward for some time. It finally paid off. I made a steel insert with welded on nuts the shape of the window. We laser just some plastic yesterday but I am having the glass company make me a glass.

The rear window is now installed and can be removed in about 5 minutes!

It was noisy and warm without a rear window! Every time I drove by where someone had mowed I got it inside the car!




I like the idea of a glass removable window. I'd consider it. It would definitely offer options that are not a consideration now.
With as much as I Changed in the car, I had to do it. I got about 5 things I just can't reach or certainly would not want to try otherwise; such as the fuel regulator.

It also opens the door to making changes you otherwise would not attempt because now you have the access.
I've got a roll bar sourced from Hall Pantera. I do not know who Hall gets them from.

It's been reconfigured by them just a hair, theoretically to give the arm rest a little room where the first design hits. It's still very close.

It fits very closely to the top part of the window gasket.

I wondering with the roll bar in the car how the glass is going to be truly removable anyway?

I definitely agree with you about the additional accessibility aspect to the engine.

My 5" tall velocity stack on cylinder #1 is right against the glass. Just getting to the front two carbs, taking out the glass would be very helpful.

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Lots of options. The pantera guys on this forum know how to do stuff and make stuff. I've never seen a car group with this much fab skills.


Can you imagine this kind of topic on a Ferrari forum? Or a Corvette forum? Or a Mustang forum? The great thing about this "mainstream" car is that it isn't held up as sacred and owners aren't afraid to modify them. I, too, am impressed by so many members on this forum. You being one of the primary ones!
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Lots of options. The pantera guys on this forum know how to do stuff and make stuff. I've never seen a car group with this much fab skills.


Can you imagine this kind of topic on a Ferrari forum? Or a Corvette forum? Or a Mustang forum? The great thing about this "mainstream" car is that it isn't held up as sacred and owners aren't afraid to modify them. I, too, am impressed by so many members on this forum. You being one of the primary ones!


What? "We" have a sunrise service every Sunday.
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Originally posted by comp2:
Lots of options. The pantera guys on this forum know how to do stuff and make stuff. I've never seen a car group with this much fab skills.


Can you imagine this kind of topic on a Ferrari forum? Or a Corvette forum? Or a Mustang forum? The great thing about this "mainstream" car is that it isn't held up as sacred and owners aren't afraid to modify them. I, too, am impressed by so many members on this forum. You being one of the primary ones!



Watching a show on a group of Ferrari's going on a group drive. They were "allowed " to wear jeans for the drive ... I mean ... what else do you need to know?
I took the first drive tonight with a rear window to a car show. It went from sounding like a monster to something you could actually have a conversation in the car...yet the exhaust sound was the best sound I have ever heard. This car is amazing!

If I am the last person on planet earth I want to drive this car. I don't care who apreciates this and who doesn't!
Right now I just have a plexiglass piece we laser cut. The metal part is no different than putting a glass in. I can not hear or sense any wind noise around the plastic but I know I can pull the corners back if I tug. I think a glass will be more solid but my car is loud enough I am not sure I'll ever hear any wind noise.

I thought if it ever is a problem one could either make a a stick on rubber seal. After driving with the plastic I don't thing the glass will be a problem at all.

I hopefully drop of the ttemplate for the glass today if I get time.
I was a little uncomfortable taking passengers without the rear window. All I needed was a fuel leak with the Weber's to create a real problem. I know there's not much protection with plastic with a fire but at least until I get my glass, it should give me enough time to get the car stopped.
So, as some of you may know and remember, one of my goals in ZONKEY's restoration in ~2000 was to reduce noise and heat with a dual pane rear window. And, while I was at it, to make it removable. So, I took my original window to a local auto glass shop and had them cut two versions. One was the same size and the other about 3/8 (10mm) larger all around so I could use the std "lip" of the opening. The std glass is "safety" glass (laminated with a elastic layer) so that's what I used.

I don't know about the later cars, but mine (1549) had a not quite flat rear window opening. The std rubber, I suppose, took care of the non-flatness, but with a dual pane that didn't seem to quite work. So I cut off the ends which were a fair bit "out of plane", as shown in this picture,
http://home.earthlink.net/~rlb...a/catpix2/index.html (scroll to the bottom)

Here's a detail of how I hold the ends in. The stainless steel triangle is matched by an aluminum piece epoxied to the outside of the window opening and tapped with 10-32 threads.

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