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« on: February 22, 2014, 06:53:23 PM »

Greetings

I am new to the Forum and I hope this is not a dumb question. Been wondering about this for some time.

I have noticed that some of the Cars have windshield retainer clips or straps in certain race photographs.

When were they required and were they "off the shelf" or custom made?  Also, does anyone have close up photos of typical installations?

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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 08:23:50 PM »

Rob, I'll leave the experts to answer for sure, but I recall being told that the straps prevented body flex under heavy torque from literally popping the glass out of the body.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2014, 10:20:33 PM »

Primarily, the clips were to prevent the front and rear windows from "popping out/off" of the car. As you said Rob; retainer clips. They were available from speed shops, but I'm sure most were hand made, as our shop did. As for when they were required, that's a good question....I don't remember when they weren't.
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2014, 11:00:36 PM »

The windshield and rear window retainer straps became mandatory for the 1970 season. Before that they were authorized and recommended but were not mandatory.

http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=7850.0
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2014, 12:14:15 AM »

I too was always perplexed by this as well, thank you very much Rob for asking the question.
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2014, 01:55:22 AM »

Rob, I'll leave the experts to answer for sure, but I recall being told that the straps prevented body flex under heavy torque from literally popping the glass out of the body.
I guess that a build-up of air pressure at speed (assuming at least the driver's window was down) could also tend to blow the rear window out, as well as the body flexing due to torque?
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« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2014, 02:48:43 PM »

When were they required and were they "off the shelf" or custom made?  Also, does anyone have close up photos of typical installations?

These were all custom made by each competitor. I looked for some close up pictures of typical installations but could not find anything suitable.
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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2014, 02:53:25 PM »

I guess that a build-up of air pressure at speed (assuming at least the driver's window was down) could also tend to blow the rear window out, as well as the body flexing due to torque?

Early on, the driver's door glass (as a minimum) had to be down during the race. Later, all side glass could be removed.  I guess wind pressure could have something to do with requiring the straps on the rear glass and maybe to help retention in an accident as well. The front clips would seem to have less to do with wind pressure and more to do with glass retention during an accident or spin-out.
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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2014, 05:19:55 PM »

The Shelby GT350-R's had a unique short rear window. I don't think is was as much about air pressure as it was about reducing drag.
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