The team here at Lowrider magazine came up with some concept ideas of a full glass roof for our Project Hell Dorado, unfortunately, we didn’t have a clue of who we could contact that could manufacture a glass roof that would also fit the contour of the roof’s design. Anyone can just put a flat piece of glass down, but when your roof is not flat that will not look clean at all. After a few weeks of researching we learned about AM Hot Rod Glass out of Fontana, California. They have been building custom window replacements for almost 10 years and have worked with the industry’s best custom car and boat builders. After discussing our plans with the owner Carmen, she assured us that she could handle our project with ease, so we proceeded with the delicate task of cutting the roof section off the El Dorado.

While visiting AM Hot Rod Glass we also found out that they can make windshields, rear windows and side windows for those of you who are afraid to chop the top of your rides. When people talk about chopping a cars roof design, many times they don’t realize the amount of work involved once that first cut gets done. The crew at AM Hot Rod Glass can step up and make it happen. They are the expert craftsmen that can make anything out of acrylic glass. We all know that you can’t cut tempered glass with a Water Jet or by sand blasting it because it will shatter into tiny square pieces. So for all of you out there that need custom windows made for your modified custom, think AM Hot Rod glass as your answer. Now your dreams can be accomplished. A company like this one is essential for any project, as they can help out with custom chopped in size windshields and side glass, as well as tougher projects like making and fitting the custom glass for our roof. Now, let us show you the steps it took for our custom glass roof to be created. Special Thanks to Engle Brothers Fabrication.

<strong>1</strong>. You'll need to measure more than once and cut several times, until the space fits.<strong>2</strong>. Here is a look at how the glass roof idea started off. After a few hours of welding, the rail that would hold the custom glass in place also reinforced the roof, keeping the roof from flexing.<strong>3</strong>. The original cut out served as a template. As you can see, the new roof rail held the metal in place and kept it from falling through.<strong>4</strong>. After our trip to AM Hotrod Glass, we came back with this sample, so we could finish fitting it to the roof.<strong>5</strong>. They started off by fitting the glass. This process will be repeated several times until the glass fits perfectly.<strong>6</strong>. The new acrylic glass is 3/8-inch thick, and should work well on the roof, once it is fitted properly.<strong>7</strong>. We took a little bit off at a time and did this process in sections.<strong>8</strong>. When and where we needed to trim down big sections, we removed them by using a cut-off wheel.<strong>9</strong>. The edges were then smoothed out with a sanding disc.<strong>10</strong>. All the edges will be sanded down and finished off with a fine sand paper to make sure that there are no sharp edges.<strong>11</strong>. The glass was blown clean so the burrs didn't scratch the finish.<strong>12</strong>. After a few tries, the acrylic glass roof template should go in one last time.<strong>13</strong>. The template was ready to be sent out to AM Hot Rod Glass, in order for them to make the real acrylic glass roof from this template.