: tube frame windshield install

10-24-2017, 10:18 PM
Hello. I am building street legal open wheel 4g63 powered car. It is 100% tube frame.

I am working on the windshield currently. I am looking for advice from people who have experience in this type of build.

That said. the tube frame is 1.5". It is already powder coated, so that means no more welding. I am avoiding riveting in case I need to remove the windshield. I don't want a bunch of rivet ends jingling around inside the tube.

The few P shaped clamps (made for foglights mainly) that could work, are a bit more bulky where they would end up raising the glass off the frame a bunch which kind of defeats the benefit of using the frame as part of the support.

My latest idea is to use T-bolt clamps (18 on the front glass and 7 for each side). Clamp around the tube with the bolt going through the glass and point towards the sky. I would just have to trim the bolt to the bolt as most of them have an inch or more extra when tightened.

I would post pictures, but I don't remember how.

opinions on this set up? Anything I can do better here?

thanks, Kyle

10-25-2017, 09:43 AM
Not sure what you’re building but if it’s a case where you could rivet it why not use nut serts and then counter sunk screws

10-25-2017, 10:48 AM
do nutserts work on tubing? every example I see is for flat pieces.

10-25-2017, 10:52 AM
Good question Iíll have to try it I would think they would

10-25-2017, 10:54 AM
How thick is the tubing

10-25-2017, 11:12 AM
The answer to that question is yes just installed a 10-32 in .058 moly no problem

10-25-2017, 11:13 AM
I have the Marston kit that looks like a pop rivet gun

10-25-2017, 11:35 AM
.120 wall. hmmm I'll have to looking into some. What do suppose the correct nutsert/bolt size is for a 120 wall 1.5" tubing?

10-25-2017, 11:47 AM
With it being 120 what about just tapping like 8x32 threads right in the tubing

10-25-2017, 12:03 PM
That was one of the options at the beginning along with rivets. It's a lot of tapping, which isn't horrible I guess.

10-25-2017, 12:26 PM
here are some pictures...

https://scontent.fatl1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22728922_10155947992445086_7672254072282336314_n.j pg?oh=5110c358221925f36de2d74a47555af8&oe=5AAAB890

https://scontent.fatl1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22154583_10155894886405086_8947612597068537883_n.j pg?oh=5f0f6fe5a76add998c14508a564ac0f9&oe=5A7BB589

https://scontent.fatl1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20294514_10155683984610086_571254945513202416_n.jp g?oh=4958319b22f4a0cf8f5f87abc905caad&oe=5A72FC21

Wabash Cannonball
10-25-2017, 06:22 PM
Whats that far? Looks like it'll be a blast. Always wanted to build something similar.

10-25-2017, 07:45 PM
Can a plastic windshield be street legal where you are?

TR Chassis
10-25-2017, 08:08 PM
Cool car, wear goggles, maybe?


10-26-2017, 09:17 PM
What about chassis clamps from like pro werks that they use to hold air tanks or such or have someone machine aluminum collars with a flat side to screw to Bitching looking ride by the way

10-26-2017, 09:54 PM
It will basically be a street fun mobile.

Luckily, I live in Atlanta, GA area, so the rules are a bit more slack to getting a car street legal.

I have a seen a lot of clamps like the pro werks stuff. nice stuff, but nothing perfect design wise for what I am looking for. I found this little clamp which is made for fuel line(7/8"), but it is pretty much what I am looking for. I am looking into what the cost would be to get one made for 1.5" tubing. I could use this style clamp for almost everything on my car. body panels, windshield etc.

10-26-2017, 09:56 PM
https://scontent.fatl1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22885891_10155953807410086_4790998357109521221_n.j pg?oh=5c3cb6217935f38a740915ca372cd24f&oe=5A62D055

I don't why my photo links aren't working, but whatever.