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Wanlass 1932 Ford roadster windshields Last updated on July 4, 2013

Windshield and mirror
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The top of the windshield frame can be removed.
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Dick Rodwell's roadster
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Dick Rodwell's original 1932 Ford roadster.
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Stanley Wanlass roadster
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One of Stanley Wanlass' original 1932 Ford roadsters.
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1932 Ford roadster
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1932 Ford roadster
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Another original 1932 Ford roadster that was built by Dick Rodwell.
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1932 Ford roadster
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1932 Ford roadster
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1932 Ford roadster
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We're not sure who owns the Deuce roadster above. Do you know?
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Mike Stoylarck's roadster
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Mike Stoylarck's 1932 Ford roadster.
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Several of these pictures were taken by Don Dillard.
  • Built to fit original Ford bodies and accurate reproductions
  • Designed by Stan Wanlass
  • Handmade by Dick Rodwell
  • Unique, slightly-curved glass
  • Unique, thin stainless steel windshield frame
  • Chopped two inches
  • Designed to lay back at 37 degrees
  • Excellent workmanship, nice enough for any car
  • Now available complete for $1,795 plus $80 shipping
  • Mirrors for either side are also available for $19.95 each
  • Tops for these windshields are now available

    These curved, two-inch-chopped windshields for '32 Ford roadsters are the work of veteran hot rodders Dick Rodwell and Stanley Wanlass, who spent three years developing them.

    Once you study an original Deuce roadster body, you realize that other than the tops of the doors and the tops of the hood sides, there are no straight surfaces on the contours of a '32 roadster body. Back in the 1930s, designers that included George Du Vall and speedboat builders pulled the lines of windshields back by splitting them in the center, because they couldn't use curved safety glass since it wasn't yet possible to produce it. Had the technology to manufacture curved safety glass been available back in 1932, Deuces might well have been designed with slightly-curved windshields to better match the overall lines of the rest of the car.

    After you get used to looking at these windshields and then look at any other '32 windshield made with flat glass, the flat ones look like a compromise. And that's exactly what the original windshields were.

    These windshields are very well-packed and are shipped complete with a slightly-tinted, curved safety glass windshield installed in a polished stainless steel frame with a narrow profile that you can take the top off of if you want to, a pair of chrome-plated stanchions and four chrome wing nuts, and a pair of polished stainless windshield posts.

    Each windshield can also be supplied with a pair of round outside mirrors for an extra $19.95 per mirror.

    Should you ever need to replace the glass, replacement windshields are available and in stock for $240.

    In early 2003, Dick asked Dave Mann at Roadsters.com in Phoenix to sell some of these windshields for him exclusively. This is a first-class, beautiful piece that involves a lot of work to make. The price of $1,875 includes shipping to anywhere in the US.

    Those of you who have been waiting to get one of these windshields ever since they debuted back in issue fifteen of The Rodder's Journal can have one within a week or two of sending a check or money order for $1,875, which includes insurance and Priority Mail delivery anywhere in the US.

    To order your windshield, please send your $1,875 check or money order, payable to Roadsters.com, to:

    Dave Mann
    Roadsters.com
    1020-A East Fairmount Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85014

    Phone (602) 233-8400

  • Rodwell's Rodware tops for 1932 Ford roadsters
    Vin Stella's roadster

    Vin Stella's roadster

    Rodwell's roadster top

    Rodwell's roadster top Tops that fit these windshields, pull apart, and store behind the seat are now available for $2,595 plus $80 shipping, which since October of 2006 includes the extra stitching shown here that was initially a $200 option.

    We also offer tops for stock-style windshields, for the same price.

    We have a package price of $4,195 plus $160 shipping for a windshield and top.

    These tops are all custom-built for the particular car they are going on. Dick keeps all of the parts for them in stock, and can finish one and have it upholstered and shipped in one or two weeks.

    Dick Rodwell spent two years developing and perfecting these tops. They fit, they work, they look great, and they don't generate noise at high speed.

    These roadster tops are supplied complete with a powder-coated frame, a full-sized pad, and upholstered with Haartz Stayfast material in black inside and out, or your choice of other colors.

    Tops that are ordered with black upholstery inside and out can be ready for you in a week or two, with other colors taking an extra couple of weeks.

    To order your top, please send your check or money order for $2,595 plus $80 for shipping (or $4,195 plus $160 for shipping for a windshield and top) payable to Roadsters.com, to:

    Dave Mann
    Roadsters.com
    1020-A East Fairmount Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85014

    Phone (602) 233-8400


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