Lexan Side Curtains

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Bob Ingman
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Post by Bob Ingman » Tue Jul 23, 2002 2:31 pm

I`m going to construct new side curtains for my Thing. Am considering using Lexan. Anyone know if this is a suitable material. What thickness would be right? Thanks Bob

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Post by DieselDr78 » Wed Oct 02, 2002 5:54 pm

You might like to check out www.cassidy-online.com/windows/windows.html. This gentleman used 1/10" X 4 X 6 sheet of acrylic. Don't know if this is what you are looking for, but at least it sounds like it might work.

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Post by DieselDr78 » Wed Oct 02, 2002 5:56 pm

Well that link may not work...try this one www.cassidy-online.com

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Post by Bob Ingman » Wed Oct 02, 2002 7:20 pm

Thats a good link. I`m familiar with it but good to have it here for others.
Have pretty well figured out what I`ll be doing with the windows. Only the foot will remain and 1/4" Lexan will be cut to fit and be bolted to the feet. I`m kinda off-roadish so originality is not real important with me.
I`m also using sheet alunimum to construct an under dash panel to house stereo and gauges. The visors will be sheet alunimum as well as nearly relining the entire interior with it. Oh yea and new Corbeau Baja SS seats w/harnesses ( http://www.corbeau.com/brochure/bajaultra-ss.shtml ).
Thanks and good luck. PS we`re happy to have Mr and Mrs Newby with us.Do you have names?




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Post by LB181 » Wed Oct 02, 2002 11:38 pm

Hey Bob. Post some pictures if possible. I would like to see all of your new mods.

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Post by Bob Ingman » Thu Oct 03, 2002 12:11 am

LB these are to be winter projects but will put up photos when done. Good luck. Bob Ingman

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Post by DieselDr78 » Thu Oct 03, 2002 4:16 pm

Our Thing is more her Thing. It is one of the few cars she can work on herself and know what she is doing. Her main problem is not enough upper body strength when it comes to larger and more intense repairs.
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Post by Bob Ingman » Thu Oct 03, 2002 6:56 pm

I have to agree that simplicity is a big reason to own an air-cooled VW. With the current shop rates these days I could not afford to have my car worked on. The Thing however is somewhat unique to the VW family. I love mine and plan to have it til I drop.
Wayne and Wendy glad you found your way to this board. What we dont know here we can usually find out . Good luck. Bob Ingman

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Post by dr. no » Sat Oct 05, 2002 11:11 pm

I used Lexan, and it will do the job. It does scratch easily, and is kinda hard to cut (and near impossible to break). Mine are getting to where I want to replace them (after two years), and I will use acrylic this time, as it is cheaper and more scratch resistant (and I don't need them to be bulletproof.

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Post by JP_in_STL » Sun Oct 06, 2002 10:40 am

I think what you're wanting to do is this!!
http://www.bobwitte.com/page1/full04.jpg

Do a find for Windows and towards the bottom of this link you'll get the details on his project.
http://www.bobwitte.com/page5/index.html

- JP

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Post by Bob Ingman » Sun Oct 06, 2002 11:12 am

JP ever get your Bikini top up?
Bob Witts windows were my inspiration at one time however I had decided to expand on his technique by using alunimum frames . I have established this theme in the vehicle so makes sense to stick with it.
There is now an scratch guard coating option available on Lexan that should render it more suitable to the job. Good luck. bob Ingman

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Post by BobAdams » Sun Oct 06, 2002 3:19 pm

I would use lexan over the acrylics I have seen, because of the acrylics brittleness. I own a sign shop and we use both products. Just be careful what you do with them to avoid scratches

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Post by LB181 » Sun Oct 06, 2002 9:33 pm

Bob, have you decided what thickness you are planning to use yet? Your idea to make an aluminum frame should look really good.

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Post by Bob Ingman » Mon Oct 07, 2002 1:30 pm

LB I think 1/8" should be enough. This stuff is tough and with rigid frames "not to worry"
I think a smoke tint would be nice also. Good luck. Bob Ingman

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Post by LB181 » Mon Oct 07, 2002 4:33 pm

Yeah, a tint would be pretty sweet. Anything is an improvement over the stock windows. Cheap plastic crap.

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