Good find, Eric!
Now I'm wondering how much force is placed on one of these windbreaks. As I
said in my earlier post, I'm not sure that just fastening at the bottom of a
plate of plexiglass would be enough -- the stuff is pretty heavy on it's
own. It may need some sort of vertical bracing, either perpendicular or 45
degrees, would it not? My 73 has headrests, but I'd still hate to concoct
such a contraption only to have it bonk me on the head when I hit the
Heck...I don't even have a tonneax bar right now, but it would be pretty
slick to be able to bolt on a wind break relatively quickly for a long
Sunday drive and then remove it when you don't want it and use the tonneaux
bar as originally intended!
From: Eric Kutzli <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Thursday, April 08, 1999 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: Wind protection was RE: Visors
>I just came across a package of small copper straps for nailing up plumbing
>pipe to floor joists "U" shaped with a flange and a hole on each end. Just
>the thing for attaching something flat to a tube... like a piece of
>plexiglas to a tonneau bar.
>The guy at my local hardware store always hates to see me come in because
>I'm always looking for something that hasn't been made yet. or trying to
>something for a purpose it was never designed to do...
>>From: Max Heim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>To: "Dan Ray" <email@example.com>, "MG List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Subject: Re: Wind protection was RE: Visors
>>Date: Sat, Apr 3, 1999, 9:40 PM
>>Hey Dan, that's even slicker! Or just designing it with built-in brackets
>>to drop into the slots (replacing the tonneau bar), since you couldn't
>>really have the tonneau cover on at the same time, anyway. I'm thinking
>>of taking a stab at it this summer, if no other crises intervene. Keep us
>>posted on any further brainstorms.
>>Dan Ray had this to say:
>>>My idea involved rigging it to a tonneaux bar -- the bar that fits into
>>>slots on the side and runs directly behind the seats. Although I suppose
>>>vertical rails on the sides would be needed for structural strength. This
>>>way, the whole thing could just be removed by sliding out of those slots.
>>>But, hey...I ain't no engineer! ;)
>>>Seems it's not as original an idea as I thought, although I see no reason
>>>why one would want to pay over $200 for such a thing when you can create