Post by safetybruce on Jun 9, 2012 23:21:52 GMT -5
vikx...I am kind of building on your idea about the foam lined boat cover made to snap on, except, although it is expensive, real expensive, I'm trying to figure out if a snap on "ballistic" cloth cover might be made to either snap on or be stretched into an existing frame and swung up to resemble a fabric awning. By ballistic I mean the fabric being sold to cover windows during a hurricane instead of using plywood over every window. One piece is expensive but probably could make four or five front window covers if some members pooled their resources...could be something Marti might consider...simply sew a nice facing piece of awning canvas over the protective layer. Of course then you will have to have matching canvas awnings all around on all the windows too, but how cool.
I gorilla taped two flat with just slightly curved edges, aluminum oil drip pans on the front windows of my Travelo for the 1600 mile trip to Mississippi from Maine. They stayed in place and had two noticable rock dings when it arrived...each pan cost about $11 from Auto Zone.
Post by safetybruce on Jun 10, 2012 0:27:48 GMT -5
ha, I just realized you can see through some of this material and now they are claiming to have a clear material available...no need for pretty awning canvas sewn over it, although it isn't the most festive looking "fabric", hee, hee.
Post by safetybruce on Jun 10, 2012 12:17:16 GMT -5
That was the same thought I had...I'm thinking windows are recessed from the frame on a house...I had a '57 TR3 and a '61 Bug-eyed sprite that both had tonneau covers that pulled tight and had twist grommet type fasteners...they were custom made and when fastened, you could bounce a quarter off either one. vikx's comment about a padded piece behind this stuff might absorb enough of the blow. I'm thinking small rock/pebble strikes like what have destroyed my Z-71 windshield. Only takes a pellet sized pebble to break a Compact Jalousie. Some of those tonneau snap connectors are threaded if I remember correctly...wonder if they could replace some of the window edge screws. Maybe I'll send this dealer an e-mail and ask him, when I get home.
My '60 Airflyte has one made of galvanized metal. Seems to be original as it is pretty much part of the front window. It makes a great awning and provides protection for those front windows -- unless the unit is open and not secured. I assume that this is why one of the front stationary windows was broken when I got her. I could recreate the point of impact using the strut that holds the awning/rock guard in place.
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