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Old 05-29-2007, 01:04 PM
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I own a 1995 29 Scarab, now with a glass windshield. I would like to remove the windshield and install a smaller more porfile white windshield, but can't seem to find who does this and or how hard is it? Can anyone help me.
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It's not that hard if you know how to use glass and composites.
looks cool when done.
Audiofn did it to his Formula 302 and I am going to be doing it to my 233 as soon as it's flipped back over.
If you don't have somebody lined up to do it by now, it's probably going to be a winter project.
Somebody close to you will offer their services.
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I'm doing the same thing. Following is what I did.

I started by making a paper fairing using popcycle sticks, construction paper, and a glue gun.
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More pics...

When I first started I wanted a cig style (closed). It's like a grade school project making out of paper... my wife even enjoyed helping!

When I was finished with the paper, it layed out flat and gave me a perfect outline to cut.

Knowing I was going to glass it, my first attempt I use an 1/8" sheet of something like luan. It had plastic on one side like a whiteboard. It got bent all out of shape when I soaked in some resin.

My second attempt was some kind of foam sheet... can't remember now. It also sagged (because of lack of support).
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This attempt I think I have it. It's normal sign grade PVC. I made a test fairing using scrap the plastic company had before buying a full sheet. The resin I use sticks to it pretty damn good (normal 635 thin w/non-blushing slow hardner). So I'm going to leave the PVC there and glass over the top of it.

I made the rail it sits on using the old rail. At first I was going to try to make a closed in fairing, but the rail makes it real sturdy.
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I forgot to mention I have no idea what I'm doing... and I would never attempt doing this myself on a boat that has value. Everything I've done takes me about 3 times longer and ends up half as good (as a real pro's work). but the price is right
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Wellcraft made one for the p29 and it was a option on the 29 but as we all know genmar killed the scarabs. When they were still making them I tried to get the foot rest for the pass side and the windshield to no avail. Good luck!
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Jack hammer

Nice pictures it definitely helps explain it; I have also been thinking about a similar project, is it safe to assume that you could not put a door in the finished product?

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Well... I suppose it's possible
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Lmao!!

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