I was told that the
roof could be raised with the deflector in place but in installing
the windstop found this was not the case as the cranked windstop brackets
supplied with the kit goes across the folding roof mechanism which
stops the scissor action of the hood supports from unfolding so the
hood can be raised. So with the original windstop brackets, you have
to dismantle the deflector and brackets before the roof can be raised.
That is an easy job, but what do you do with it when it's off? So
after some thought I decided on a modification to the cranked brackets.
Windstop bracket modification to enable the hood
to be raised
Paul Wilson (Woodcote Green 0929) from Yorkshire purchased a
windstop for his RV8 but found he could not raise the hood with
the windstop brackets in place. He set about modifying them to overcome
the problem. (Apr 03)
I read the various RV8 Workshop Notes regarding wind deflectors
with interest and did a fair amount of research into them. I found
that the windstop sold by Tij-Power in Germany is the same as the
one sold by Classic Additions in the UK. Whilst the Tij-Power website
and emails are in German, I found on calling them they speak good
English. Their price was Euro 200 but they only accept bank transfers.
As HSBC wanted £21 to make the transfer I decided I would
contact Classic Additions and found their price was £180 for
next-day delivery. I placed an order and the windstop came well
packed the next day.
Original cranked bracket of the windstop fits into the slot
on the door pillar in which the tonneau rail usually fits. You can
see the bracket lies over the folded hood mechanism. On attempting
the lift the hood, the folding scissor action of the hood support
arms is blocked by the small horizontal section of the bracket. (Photo:
to the original cranked bracket requires welding a new "U"
shaped piece of metal strip, of the same section as the original bracket,
in the horizontal plane and then cutting away the original piece which
was blocking the attempts to raise the hood mechanism. This may be
struggling to follow this so far but it will all be a great deal clearer
when you study the photos with this note. You will see that the new
"U" shaped section clears the folding roof mechanism as
it is lifted. With the modification the deflector works well and looks
fine when in place whether the hood is up or down!
The new "U" shaped section is approximately 185mm
long and was bent in two places at 90 degrees to make the "U"
shape. The first bend is at
bracket with the new "U" shaped piece welded in
and the horizonal section of the original bracket cut away. (Photo:
where you can see the horizontal section between the short length
which fits into the slot on the door pillar and the long cranked arm.
(Photo: Paul Wilson)
shaped section which has to be welded in a horizontal plane to
the original cranked bracket. (Photo: Paul Wilson)
50mm and the second at 60mm, leaving 75mm on the third side. This
new piece was welded to the outside of the original cranked bracket
at 90 degrees to the upright that slots into the fixing for the tonneau
rail on the door pillar. The existing section of the cranked bracket
that goes over the top of the bracket can now be cut off using a hacksaw.
Then a little grinding and filing is needed to tidy up welds followed
by painting in a similar colour to match the existing cranked bracket.
This was not a difficult job but access to welding gear will be required.
The new metal section was purchased for a £1 from a local engineering
workshop who would have welded in the new piece if required.
reserved by the V8 Register of the MG Car Club, PO Box 251,
Abingdon-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX14 1FF