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thegoodbeamer
09-18-2002, 06:16 PM
Has any body made a rear wind deflector? You know the kind that stops the wind from blowing down your neck or giving the little woman ear aches.I'm working on one that slides down and then folds to lay flat in the jump seat type bench in the back. Any suggestions or ideas would be welcome. Anyone who has tried will be welcome.

aeronca65t
09-18-2002, 11:28 PM
My "00 Miata had one, but I took it out when I installed the roll bar. It was quite low and didn't seem to make any diffence. I like some of the clear plastic deflectors...they can be pretty tall and not limit rear vision. This page might give you some ideas:

https://www.autobarn.net/windspoiler.html

thegoodbeamer
09-19-2002, 09:35 AM
Thanks aerocona. Gives me some different ideas. Did yours blow stuff around where there was spcace between the seats and the bacck of the cockpit area?
It looks as it should be close to the seats to be more effective. I like the tension bar idea. What I have right now is a popup version.The plexiglass will drop down into its channel which is lower than the car body. It will not interfere with the tonneu cover. The whole mechanism can be folded down paralell to the so called bench behind the seats. When it is up it is 2" from the rear folding panel which encloses the top. images/icons/cool.gif

aeronca65t
09-19-2002, 11:33 AM
'beamer:

Not sure if stuff really blew around behind seats 'cause windblocker kept me from putting stuff back there anyway. My "test" for the Mazda windblocker was to see if my baseball cap would stay-put at 70+MPH....made no difference....either way, cap felt like it was on verge of blowing off. Best part about removing windblocker was gaining access to that (small) area behind the seats (in the Miata).

I agree that the windblocker needs to be close to the seatback to be really effective....I was in a Z3 with aftermarket windblocker...it was tall and close to seatbacks and worked quite well.

Honestly, I dislike windblockers, and would not put one in the Spridget: not crazy about the way they look...but I think the clear plastic ones look better than the mesh ones (in my opinion).

One of my planned winter projects involves building a "bikini-top" for the Spridget (like on Jeeps). Front part of this would clip to windshield and rear part will attach to roll bar. Spridget rear windows don't zip out, so this would give me some protection during brutal sunny days...probably cut down on cockpit turbulence too. Surprised they aren't available commercially.

thegoodbeamer
09-19-2002, 01:21 PM
aerocona.
Thanks again. This is one reason I have it at the rear so I could access the space behind the seats.It is a lot better than without but don't know just how good it really is. Guess I'll have to have my wife sitting in the car when we get out to rally try it.
When this version is a little more refined I send you a picture. images/icons/cool.gif

thegoodbeamer
10-01-2002, 09:09 AM
I have tried out my version of a rear wind deflector.It is not 100% effective but csrtainly works.Last night on the highway my wife didn't have her hair covered . Still windblown but no trouble with her ears. I didn't really need a hat either and my collar wasn't pulled up. Temperature was a very nice 65 degrees.The sun really was shining as well images/icons/cool.gif images/icons/cool.gif

aeronca65t
10-03-2002, 11:51 PM
Glad your invention seems to work....also, good to see someone making use of this great top-down weather (besides me). Do it while you can!...I'm sure it will be getting verrrry cold in Manitoba soon. I remember when I was a little kid, living in Ontario...it got so cold in the winter, I used to cry when I went outside!

Also, I got curious about your "Spirit of Lister" project, so I surfed around and read several pages about the actual LeMans Lister Tigers....cool!....I thought Lister only mades sports racers....live and learn! Here's a picture of one of the LeMans team cars.

https://www.jcca.us/Articles/Moroso01/Tiger.jpg

thegoodbeamer
10-04-2002, 09:13 AM
Great eh?I guess the eh puts me as a canadian. The car was Sid Silverman's. I have seen it quite afew times. He believed it was to be seen as well as raced I've sat in it , had a very short ride in it.This car was my inspiration to build mine.At Suni 3 the story was I l left my foot prints in the car as I crawled over it at Suni 1. People were asking how did I do that to such a car.It was sold however and I do forget the new owners name but he says he will put it back to the way it was in 1964 when it was raced at Lemans.I believe it went for a big time price as people were asking how do you race a car worth 3/4 million?My car was never intended to be an exact replica but built in the spirit of the lister. Hence the calling it "The Spirit of Lister"This was so named at the united at Niagra falls.Right now we are doing the front suspension modifications. So far there is mustang lower A arms, Shortened upper A arms.Mustang shock towers and shocks. Still need to mount a rack and I'm leaning to the 71 Pinto which was a solid mount. Thanks for the interest. images/icons/cool.gif images/icons/cool.gif I sure hope the sun is shining really this weekend other than in my soul as we have a big wedding and the day after with 60 to 70 people here.