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Getting ready lift the body on the roadster.

There’s a few other tasks to finish off before I pull the body and start preparing the body for paint. One of the main tasks to finish off would be mounting the gas tank and cutting out the holes for the brake pedal and steering column and then rough mounting the Wanlass windshield to the roadster. All these will require some cutting and I’m just not looking forward to the fiberglass itch.

Once all the above is completed, I plan on building a jig to mount the body on so that I can roll it around. Then the fun starts, I get to start the running the brake/fuel lines and all the wiring. It’s going to be an exciting point in the build and I really enjoy doing that detail level of work. Of course, photos will be taken.. :-)

After the chassis is finished, then I will start the body work.. oh joy, the itch!

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Roadster: Wanlass/Rodwell windshield (part II)

I got a phone call a few days ago from Dick Rodwell, just advising me that my 32 Ford windshield was on its way to me. He also explained that the lower stanchions are coming un-chromed so I could grind/tweak them to make a better fit on my 32 Ford Glass body. Rodwell stated that most of the time you need to do a little tweaking of the body or stanchions to get a perfect fit on the 32 Ford Roadster bodies, glass or metal. Just the nature of the breast. Once I get a good fit on the Roadster body, send back the lower stanchions and he would chrome them and send them back.

As for the quality of the 32 roadster windshield, I have to say, it’s beautiful.. once together, it’s a piece of art that will be going on top my 32 roadster.

Now the bad news. Seems my 32 roadster body doesn’t have a eyebrow on the top dash area. Seems that some glass bodies have that eyebrow removed so it’s a flat surface for other style 32 roadster windshields. Well, the Rodwell windshield needs that eyebrow in place for a better fit. So I reached back out to Dick Rodwell and had a pleasant surprise, he manufactures a fiberglass eyebrow piece just for that reason. So I ordered one of those 32 Ford eyebrow pieces as well. I just don’t feel like doing massive glass work to get the fit just right.

Rodwell Windshield
32 Ford Windshield
Rodwell 32 Ford Windshield fresh out of the box

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