This post took me a minute to figure out....because I'm so locally focused and we call the hood, what Brit's call the bonnet, so I was not looking for bugs on a convertible top and had trouble figuring out what I was looking at, at first. The origin of the post solved the problem for me. Pat's first wife was of Hungarian descent and she spoke Hungarian with her parents and a little with Pat.Do you mean these bugs?
(It's the hood's front edge, now folded on the morning following an hour's drive in the night with the hood up, photographed in the act of surprising me and causing my girlfriend to wonder if she'll EVER feel the same way about taking a breath at night in the open.)
As I recall, Lexan is subject to pitting and scratching easily, the reason Pat did not use it for replacement windows even for track use. Providing I'm correct, it would be a consideration as to how much might get thrown up against it that would cause marring.Is acrylic o.k., they also had Lexan (more $$$)???
When I purchased my car from Germany and inquired about the hood, er, sorry: convertible top, we had to say "Diese Metallkonstrukt". So, trust me: "bracketry" (or anything else, for that matter) is fine.you have rust on your convertible top bracketry (a word?),
So the Metallkonstrukt was handed over separete from the car and its forward edge (that comes just over the windscreen) was rusted pretty bad. I removed the rust, painted the remaining surface to prevent further rusting and ended up with an edge resembling something from a JAWS movie. Jagged. Teeth all along, where the metal still remained, and huge gaping maws where the rust had been cleared. Back then knew next to nothing about the intricaties of a Spider top but obviously I couldn't place CLOTH over that razor, especially the part which takes up all the tension; it'd rip my top to shreds in about two seconds. And I certainly couldn't afford to buy a new Metallkonstrukt... er, bracketry (not that I knew how to take it apart, even if it's possible; I still don't know).and in need of resto work!! When are you gonna tackle this, huh?
Rust eats on itself (feeds on itself?). Cancer.
Not exactly. She became a dead wife. Pat was widowed in 1978; his wife, Marie, died of cancer at age 42 after fighting it for some years.So she became an ex-wife; I'm not surprised. Hearing Hungarian speech can be quite annoying (I know, I do it all the time)
They've been fine for the last couple years on mine.Aren't #6 machine screws gonna be too narrow to hold the pressure of wind on the Lexan?
That's dependant on how thick the stack of parts is.Also, what length screws did you use?
No, but the flat washers are, and a drop of locktite on the nuts is pretty well a must. (you could go with urolock nuts, but the extra thickness they have put me off)I thought of adding lock washers, --do you think this is necessary?
It's quite strong enough as is, (it's pressboard, not cardboard), though fender washers on the back side are needed to prevent the screws from pulling through.Finally, I thought of putting some strips of metal UNDER the cardboard rear deck, so as to sandwich the deck between two pieces of metal, -does the cardboard rear deck ever deform under the wind pressure, or is it strong enough to hold wind pressure?
That sounds interesting.Has anybody messed with creating a deflector out of a scrap top leading edge? My brother has an MGB and he fused a bit of plexiglass to the front edge of a spare ragtop. When he puts the top down, he pulls this contraption out and locks it in where the top would connect. It deflects the air up and over, so there's very little "wrap-around" to beat you in the back of your head. It fits neatly in the trunk when not in use.