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'68 Custom Fleetside: New Glass, and a Question.

The new glass, partially removed from it’s packaging. The resealable bag is a nice touch.
The new glass, partially removed from it’s packaging. The resealable bag is a nice touch.

The first new part for the Custom Fleetside arrived! Let’s take a closer look:

Hong Kong built cars (such as this one) originally came with blue glass, while U.S. built cars came with gray glass.
Hong Kong built cars (such as this one) originally came with blue glass, while U.S. built cars came with gray glass.
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Second Chance Redlines (the company I purchased this part from), is a Texas-based eBay store that mostly specializes in reproduction Redline glass. They have some other Redline parts, too, such as reproduction graphics and wheels. The price+shipping was reasonable considering it’s a low volume part, and it was packaged in a small but sturdy cardboard box for shipping.

Molding defect: A faint line can be seen on the back (left) portion of the glass
Molding defect: A faint line can be seen on the back (left) portion of the glass
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The windshield itself is pretty nice, however, there are a few flaws. First of all, there is a considerable amount of flashing around the perimeter of the windshield (a tell-tale sign of a mold that is showing wear). This should mostly clean up with some light filing. Additionally, there is a molding defect in the back portion of the glass. Having experience in molding clear plastic parts, I know how difficult it can be to get a perfect part. Understanding that; it’s not really noticeable, and doesn’t really bother me.

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Now for the question: what’s the best way to remove rivets of this style?

The rear rivet looks like it should behave similarly to the rivets found on newer Hot Wheels, and will just require starting with a smaller drill bit.

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My first thought on the front rivet is to lightly use a center punch to get started, then follow the same procedure from the rear rivet.

I’m curious to hear other people’s advice/suggestions.

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