Topic: What to do with a hatchback/hatch window?

Posting this separately, since the CelicaGT is also a hatchback, and I think this question spans both coupe and sedan body styles.

I'm clear on the benefits of keeping the exhaust gases from coming back into the vehicle due to the pressure differential behind the front windshield.

Wondering if anyone has fabricated something like a lid with latches in place of the rear window for rear vehicle access? Like maybe polycarbonate instead of glass....?

Re: What to do with a hatchback/hatch window?

Yea plenty have made Lexan rear hatch windows. But don't bother until you break the one you have because weight won't be your problem for a long time.

Unless you convert it to a Shooting brake. then do that.

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Re: What to do with a hatchback/hatch window?

We run no glass other than the windshield with no issues.  Our exhaust dumps slightly down in front of the right rear tire. 

Also note that there are lots of convertibles out there too.

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Re: What to do with a hatchback/hatch window?

-SDR- wrote:

We run no glass other than the windshield with no issues.  Our exhaust dumps slightly down in front of the right rear tire. 

Also note that there are lots of convertibles out there too.

I'd argue that any factory-built convertible of the past 40 years shouldn't have any issues with exhaust in the cabin- the OEMs spend a few bucks on airflow management, and it's designed to be driven top down.

Some hatchback with a back window that got knocked in and vacuumed up, OTOH....

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Re: What to do with a hatchback/hatch window?

[??? What the fuel is a Shooting brake? Never heard of such a thing. That'll make me google something, @!*%;&$, and I'm running short on time right now .... Aright....  Shooting brake, here we go..... Oh! Sweet!!! Ok, those are cool.... Ooooohhh, aaaaahhh, DB5!  Ok, now I understand. More fab work than I'm capable of, but dam, that's an idea! Ok, that Porsche 'shooting brake' explains that one internet article's inordinate focus on the 'fetish' aspect of the 'automotive journalist with this body style'; when, in reality, it's probably just a predilection.... Errr, ok: Volvo is a predilection, Porsche is a fetish - I got it now....]

Thank you, Guildenstern, I just learned a lot! If I had any skills in that area, and the car wasn't so crumpled already, I might just look into doing that.

I mean, I could probably weld and pop-rivet something together to approximate the look, but that would look like crap .... maybe after its first race.

Thanks for the reference and suggestion - that body style is SWEET!

Re: What to do with a hatchback/hatch window?

It's a Lemons car, Crap is like half the point.

I mean, a good looking job is really good, like the Opal GT Bread Van:
http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LMIS18/0321-DSC_0694.jpg

But never let a lack of skill get in the way of a good idea.

http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LMIS17/750-IMG_1680.jpg

http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LMIS17/751-IMG_1681.jpg

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Re: What to do with a hatchback/hatch window?

Ha! Ok, I got it, thanks!