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  1. With all due respect and I know a lot of (most ?) people don't think much of it, but I'm not sure it's a good merit to admit, let alone publicly brag, about being a liar or even less than honest ? OTOH, I've been "accused"(?) of being "too honest"(whatever that’s supposed mean or be quantified ?) on more than few occasion, ... even by ladies.
  2. Just wanted to add that while the Ferrari windshield job I referenced earlier ended up costing what it did, most of the one-off jobs have averaged somewhere between $5K-$10K. And as far as I can recall, only time there was a serious final fitting problem with a glass I produced for one-off application was when the client brought the car (chopped top, heavily modified and exotic multi-color custom paint, etc.) to my shop for final installation, few months after I had created/fitted the template (at another shop commissioned to perform all other aforementioned “coach work”). Inst
  3. How many of each do you want ?
  4. Most surprising thing I've experienced with glass productions is that even with the most advanced CNC glass forming technology available for todays automobile/commercial/industrial manufacturing, there are some compound curve windows found in +/-50 year old cars with shapes that cannot be exactly duplicated any longer. I've devised/invented ways around that, but find it interesting how advances(?) in technology doesn't necessarily always mean things are easier to make now than before, if at all.
  5. OTOH, I also believe the car had been completely rebodied during restoration and it's coachwork symmetry (or lack thereof) appeared likely even much worse than OEM, so...
  6. Sounds like incompetence or perhaps not that good fit. So are all mine.
  7. And some have considered my production costs expensive !?! The most "expensive" production I've done was a windshield (with 2 spares) for a '59 Ferrari 250GT California "Competizione Clienti" around $25K - $30K, but that included several other (related) things like restoration (= fabrication, reforming/-fitting, re-chroming, etc) of the windshield frame + related hardware, all which had to be done before I could even start making the template and molds for the glass, etc. And all this was performed on a car that had been freshly/fully restored (in Italy, by one of their
  8. This approach has often been taken for decades by people customizing/modifying by “chopping” (=lowering) the roofs of post war (‘50s/‘60s/etc) cars with curved windshields. Due to variations in curvature geometry of intended “candidate” glass, most usually end up more/less ill-fitting, not to mention how many “candidates” are broken during initial cutting-down process. More “dramatically” curved the windshield is (think mid-to-late ‘50s “panoramic” ones), more likely the ill-fit of finished product will be, but I guess that’s why automotive gods gave us large tubes of (silicon,
  9. Doesn’t seem terribly expensive, especially if no other direct costs, like having to make or produce templates, etc was required.
  10. Sorry, my bad, I haven’t paid much attention to it for past 25-30 years. Got rid of mine back then, but in recent years living with my wife, I’ve been occasionally subjected to it, kind of like secondhand smoke.
  11. I'd imagine that depends on ones budgetary/economic considerations. If one has a rare one-off and perhaps relatively valuable, let's say 6 figures or more, and otherwise complete vehicle missing a windshield or other glass, .... ... is it not worth spending 4 or low 5 figures to come up with them ?
  12. No such thing as “irreplaceable glass”.* For past 25 or so years, I’ve produced hundreds of custom, one-off, prototype or small run compound curved windshields, rear & side windows, etc for variety of exotic and/or vintage vehicles, including some displayed/featured at shows like Cavallino Classic, Pebble Beach, etc. Most have been known to fit better than originals, while rest have ended up at least “as good as OEM”. * Another example why one shouldn't believe everything they see on TV or other media, be it print, screen, social, etc.
  13. I've said it before, I know how it works, I've been buying and selling on "Eeeevilbay"(?) for over a decade and can't see any reasons to complain, since it's a free market, private enterprise conducting business based on capitalistic principles, which I wholeheartedly subscribe to and support. So far I've never felt they held a gun against my head forcing me to buy or sell anything on their platform. I just got done dealing with what could be considered (or at least I did) very deceptive business methods/tactics by a multi-billion $ international shipping conglomerate, which I
  14. "money grab" ? "get the bone" ? wildwest" ? "bloodletting" ? OH MY DOG, sky is falling... . . . . ... (wait for it)... . . . . ... again ! The eeeevil private business corporate conglomerates are "sticking it" to the little guys ... again, by forcing us(?) to conduct our business on their platforms, by their rules, just to make profit from it ! HOW DARE THEY ? Who do they think they are ??? Let's all unite, tear them down and put them out of business !!!
  15. Although many have had significant errors or inaccuracies, in my 4+ decades in this hobby and regardless of makes/models of given vehicles, I've found factory issued manuals usually providing closest to accurate/useful/truthful(?) information regarding any vehicle. OTOH, It's actually amazing how much inaccurate information manufacturers printed/released 40-50+ years ago and how much of it is still quoted or used as gospel-like reference today. Any time I get a project of considerable magnitude which I've not worked on before and therefor don’t already have all availabl
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