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Old 10-26-2013, 07:01 PM   #539 (permalink)
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The Smart is a fairly rare car, and the one used windshield *listing* was for $200. The new one was $300, so I'm fine with that. The wiper assembly was ~$415, and the bezel piece was ~$106; so with the sales tax the total was ~$880.

I'll get a good look at it soon, I hope, but the overall contour looked pretty close. The 'A' pillars have some volume to them, and sloping the upper part in more will be a good thing; making it more rounded.

I'm working full time at least through the end of November (which is how I had the money to buy this!) and I'll also be getting lot of fiberglass fabric soon, too. But as I'm earning money, I won't have much more than a few hours a week to work on the chassis. I want to glue the nose on, flip it over and get the fiberglass on the bottom, before cutting the windshield hole. I may fit the bezel on, and see what it will take to fit in the wiper linkage and motor; and then glue on the nose. And it takes warmth to do gluing.

Yes, I had 1/2" holes through the layers, and I had 4 wooden dowels to align them. The main problem I had was "pinching" on the sides next to the hatch door. I already added connector struts across the hatch door every foot or so, to keep them at the proper position; so the next one I build will be better.
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