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Plastic side windows

Post by ImpManiac » Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:52 pm

Can anyone confirm how thick competition car side windows need to be when they are replaced with plastic? Is it 4mm or 5mm?

Also, could one of you let me know the dimensions of the Imp rear side windows (approximate overall length and width would be fine - exact dimensions not necessary), door glasses and opening hatch window, please. I am looking to order polycarbonate, lexan or some kind of clear, solid plastic sheet (which one is best? :? ) to replace my scuffed windows from my roll the other year.

Also, can these materials be coated in a scratch-resistant finish that is cost-effective?

Many thanks in anticipation. :D

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Re: Plastic side windows

Post by Greetham » Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:15 pm

a good man called Paul at plastics for performance is your boy for the job tough glass is a mix of polycarbonate and perspex so you get the best of both worlds at a good price http://www.plastics4performance.com/
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Re: Plastic side windows

Post by big J » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:17 pm

An alternative also is to find out who repairs bus shelters in your area.You can get an 8'x4' sheet off them very cheap indeed :wink: :D and it's polycarbonate.
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Re: Plastic side windows

Post by Meltdown » Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:21 pm

Here's a link to MSA blue book site.

http://www.msauk.org/site/cms/contentvi ... rticle=646
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Post by colimp66 » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:08 am

:D Big J,
showing yourself as a true Scot there mate :lol:

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Re: Plastic side windows

Post by big J » Sat Apr 10, 2010 11:41 am

:lol: Lol,s'true tho.
Price up some competition windows,what,£200-£250?

Two fellas fixin a bus shelter,howzitgaun,lads,20 euros later and they dropped me off a full sheet.
I tried breakin the stuff,it's tough all right.

I do like an-alternative -solution. :lol:
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Re: Plastic side windows

Post by ImpManiac » Sun Apr 11, 2010 12:30 am

Thanks, guys. :) So I just need to... err... :? ... find a broken bus shelter... and wait. :P Awesome! A quick phone call to the bus company ought to help...

I am not in a position to be able to afford ready-made windows, Greetham. :( So I have to learn how sliders are put together or devise my own scheme. All part of the hobby, eh? :wink:

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Re: Plastic side windows

Post by Meltdown » Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:27 pm

So I have to learn how sliders are put together or devise my own scheme.
A popular period route was to make the perspex the same size as the wind-down glass, remove the mechanism and attach some seatbelt webbing to the bottom so it runs up through the window aperture. You pull it out to raise the window, with a series of holes along it to clip over a stud fixed to the door (a bit like a belt). Simple lightweight idea.
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Post by big J » Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:30 pm

ImpManiac wrote:Thanks, guys. :) So I just need to... err... :? ... find a broken bus shelter... and wait. :P Awesome! A quick phone call to the bus company ought to help...

I am not in a position to be able to afford ready-made windows, Greetham. :( So I have to learn how sliders are put together or devise my own scheme. All part of the hobby, eh? :wink:

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Re: Plastic side windows

Post by ImpManiac » Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:55 pm

Thanks chaps. :D

I thought that a simple way of having drop windows in plastic might be to use a knurled knob and an aluminium slot to allow the window to slide up and down. The knob would be to fix the window at a particular height.

Anyway, I'll sort something out. It'll need to be soon too coz "Impio" is not long... :wink:

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