For the past two months we've been in the process of lowering the lid on our '71 C10 Project Get Shorty. After 40 hours of work and three months worth of magazine issues, Shorty is officially chopped. Yep, this month will mark the ending of this stop on the truck's journey.
Before we get into this installment's details, let's recap what has taken place over the past few months: For starters, the lid has been lowered 11/2 inches in the front and 1 inch in the rear. On top of that, the front A-pillars have been leaned back nearly an inch, and they have also been pinched ever so slightly in. Through all of this, the top was reverted from its uphill climb into a more aggressive and streamlined nosedive that brings a whole new look to the cab. We also ditched the two-piece GM window design for a Brothers one-piece window kit, and we installed Electric-Life power windows. Although it may sound like a lot of hours and work ... well, actually it is ... time seems to fly by when tackling a job of this magnitude, because honestly it's just fun. Not to mention, the end result is so worth the labor.
For the last story, we're going to tackle the glasswork. When it comes to chopping a top, what scares many away is the glass aspect. For some reason, when it comes to glass it's almost taboo to even talk about it. Yet, the reality is that the glasswork-like the metalwork-is something that anyone can tackle at home. Although the process of dealing with tempered and non-tempered glass is slightly different, both can easily be handled in one's garage.
Last month we had to make templates to get new side glass made, as tempered glass cannot be cut or ground down. This month we install our new side windows-made at The Glass House in San Dimas, California-and then handle the windshield. Because the top is lower than it used to be, the windshield will need to be shortened. This task is something that anyone can do at home-as opposed to shelling out some major dough to have someone do it for you. As always, we've got a lot to cover. Let's get to it.