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How to rebuild your big window Camaro/Firebird into a small window car

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So I’ve gotten a lot done on my car recerecently. Mainly rust repairing but also something I’ve wanted to for a long time; converting from the big 75-81 rear window to the smaller 70-74 one.

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Before attempting this I did a lot of research (Googled*) to see if someone had done and documented this before but unfortunately I couldn’t find any info at all on this subject.

So I decided to do it in a way I figured out myself that I think is the most logical choice in doing this. I also named the post so it will hopefully pop up in a lot of searches for other people looking to do this.

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Marking out where to make the cut, I tried to do around one inch from the edge so that I’d have enough material to work with later on

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Illustration for article titled How to rebuild your big window Camaro/Firebird into a small window car

Edge is cut and spotwelds have been drilled out.

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Edge is testfitted with window in place and spotwelded into place.

Illustration for article titled How to rebuild your big window Camaro/Firebird into a small window car
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Using a piece of cardboard to measure up the sheetmetal I need to make.

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Sheetmetal have been made with about 1/2 inch oversized edge that is then flanged with a flange tool.

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Holes for spotwelds are made and the piece is welded into place.

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Same thing is done to the other side.

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Inside is primered and inside piece is measured up.

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And spotwelded into place. If you have the correct interior trim piece the metal plate will not be seen in the final result.

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Primer is applied to the outside when everything has been welded up.

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And finally some Bondo is applied to smooth it all out (not smooth in the picture but this is where I’m at right now. End result looks really promising).

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