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MG TD TF 1500 - Wind Wings
|When I took my Moss wind wings off my old windscreen, I noted the nasty indents the allen screws make in the side pieces. No biggy with my old worn windscreen frame, but I am about to mount my newly chromed windscreen, and I don't particulary relish the marks they will leave.|
There is only 3/32 - 1/8 clearance in the slots in the mounting brackets. I tried some 1/16 thin rubber pads, using my old windscreen as a test model, and the allen screw went right thru the rubber and made the same old nasty indent.
Has anyone solved this problem, or do you just "bite the bullet" if you want the wings to reduce cockpit buffeting. They really do help a great deal.
I remove my wind wings when I put my TD away for the winter. In the spring, I can relocate them in exactly the same place, due to the marks made by the allen screws. This is the only benefit of the marks that I have discovered. This does not solve your problem, but does indicate a benefit.
|G. L. Raham|
|I have just lived with the marks, but you could get some 0.025" - 0.050" shim stock to interpose between the screws and the nice new chrome. Cheers - Dave|
|My dad uses shim stock between the screw and the windscreen on his MGA fitted with wind wings. This solves the problem you describe.|
|Thanks guys. I have some 0.025" stock, so I'll try that on the old screen and see before I do on the new.|
|I would never want to drive my TD without the wind wings, so I don't mind the marks. It isn't like the side frames are going to rust!|
(Note, off topic personal thoughts to follow.) The honest to gosh truth is that Tommy, with 2K miles on the restoration is starting to wear. My backside slides by the gimp on the inner door panel (I'm 6-3 and 215 pounds) and it is causing a slight fade in color that will only get worse with time. The steering wheel has a few nicks on it. My rear window, no matter how carefully I stow it shows a bit of wear. I need to add a bit of touch up paint to a few spots. My engine, while fairly tight, required some wiping on the timing chain cover to remove accumulated grease and belt residue while my nose was down there to look at the timing marks. My starting handle is scratched because I use it to turn the engine over for things like replacing the distributor and timing the car. My float bowls show signs of fuel residue but I will probably clean that off shortly. I kind of like the graceful aging. It makes me worry less about keeping things perfect. Functional and attactive yes, but I can't do perfect and enjoy my car. I had to pick one or the other.
|Well Dave, you have the right attitude. That's why I don't fool with concours cars anymore :-). But, like all new things we can "try" to keep them looking as good as possible, but eventually the new wears off and we go merrily on way enjoying the drive and not worrying about little things too much :-)|
|My wind wings came with the car. On it's maiden voyage last year, the right one blew off, and I never did find it. Can't remember back 39 years how effective they really were. Bob
|R.AF. Robert Finucane|
|Forgot the other, 1966, Arizona four wheeling! Bob|
|R.AF. Robert Finucane|
This thread was discussed on 15/03/2009
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