Folding windstop for an RV8
(Nightfire Red 1228) from Buckinghamshire arrived at the V8 Gathering
at Hazeley Heath with his new wind stop which is a particularly neat
installation. It even folds down and allows the tonneau to cover the
cockpit without the need to remove the wind stop first. This note
is illustrated by John's sketches. (May 04)
after John Bolt arrived with the hood down at a recent V8 Gathering
at the Shoulder of Mutton on Hazeley Heath, several fellow RV8 members
spotted his new windstop was a very neat installation. It uses the
standard RV8 tonneau rail to which are welded some special brackets
which support the windstop.
Windstop installation on the RV8 is particularly
neat. (Photo: Gavin Bailey)
windstop support brackets were made by a local firm near Aylesbury
and welded to the tonneau rail - the following sketches prepared by
John provide the key information.
Standard windstop screen supplied by spares suppliers is 9992mm
wide with threaded fixing lugs either side. It is finished in matt
black with a fine mesh within the tubular rail surround. The width
extends to a point in line with the outer edge of the leather seats
in the RV8 so gives good protection from back drafts with the hood
down on the RV8.
wind stop mounting brackets are welded to a standard MG RV8
tonneau support rail to suit the width of the windstop.
The size and shape of the brackets is shown below.
Special windstop mounting brackets need to be made up using
the design above. The hole for the threaded lugs is 9mm
diameter. When welding the brackets to the tonneau support
rail it is important t note the 35 degree angle - the sketch
below shows this clearly.
(Nightfire Red 1228) has come up with a very simple folding windstop
on his RV8. (Photo: Gavin Bailey)
The windstop folds
down without fuss - simply fold the seats forward, swing the windstop
down, return the seats to their position and then the full tonneau
can be set over the cockpit and secured.
Windstop folded down leaves room for the full and
half tonneaux to be fitted in the usual way. (Photo: Gavin Bailey)
do we rate this installation?
There are several windstops or deflectors available for the RV8, but
the installation described here is certainly one of the neatest seen
so far. One of the alternative windstops has a pair of cranked metal
supports which fit down the recesses in the leather seat back for
the chromed seat belt guide which not only looks a little makeshift
but also risks wearing the leather around that opening. In addition
a system fitted to the seat backs will of course require both driver
and passenger to have their seats reclined at the same angle - if
not, the windstop will be set at a strange angle! The neat windstop
installation described by John Bolt certainly looks a purpose made
installation and suffers none of the differential seat recline nonsense.
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