Originally Posted by Otter
JWA, thanks for the insight. Do you suppose the Chevy above has heavier/more durable glass? Or is this a one-off thing
Otter the Chevy set-up is a factory modification, the panels you see lifted are metal formed to fit in the spaces where you'd normally find glass as in the people mover versions.
Its quite a robust system, most factors affecting its operation already considered and accommodated by the factory build.
Glass wouldn't be a good option without significantly adding to the cost---custom made pieces very, very impractical. Not sure who'd even tackle such a project honestly----none come to mind.
Refitting an existing built-out SMB or homebuilt would pretty much require the interior gutted to bare steel walls in order to fit hinges and latches suitably for the swing up panels.
Its a great idea but aftermarket just not too practical for a lot of reasons.