September 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm #235394
Here’s a bit of detail from what is ostensibly a Classic Roadsters Duchess (and I apologize for the poor image quality):
At the base of the windscreen frame is what is described (at least with respect to the actual MGTD) as a “cowl bracket.” In my Duchess the base of the windscreen frame is simply a straight piece of extruded aluminum that attaches to the body with two bolts. My question is whether the brackets are available and, if so, where I can pick up a pair.
-DaveSeptember 21, 2014 at 9:03 pm #261465john barryParticipant
me tooSeptember 21, 2014 at 10:35 pm #261466Court WizardParticipant
I didn’t know dat.
I need some too.
No trees were injured in the making of this message, but some electrons were inconvenienced.September 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm #261467
Well, if nothing else we seem to have a consensus.September 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm #261468DerekParticipant
I’d love to get my hands on a pair as well. Don’t have a clue where to get them though…September 23, 2014 at 12:49 am #261469AnonymousInactive
The cowl brackets were an optional option on some kits when they were first manfactured. Might try to have someone make some, Member bought inventory of a canadian TD manfacture he might have some.September 23, 2014 at 12:55 am #261470AnonymousInactive
Nuts and Bolts is member who bought the Canadan manfactury inventory. He might find some pigenhole somewere.September 23, 2014 at 7:30 am #261471
Thanks, George. It’s not a big deal, but not having brackets is a dead giveaway for a replica. My son and I have been talking about casting a pair of them out of aluminum if I and when I get some of the front burner projects out of the way.September 23, 2014 at 8:02 am #261472Mike SchumacherParticipant
Dave If you do get round to it I would be happy to buy a pair at a price I’m sure we could both be happy with. MikeSeptember 23, 2014 at 8:59 am #261473Dale SchumacherParticipant
MG Magic had those for a long time – I bought a pair a couple of years ago ( maybe more ) and think I paid 85.00 for the pair on special. Might give them a call as well.September 23, 2014 at 9:59 am #261474Al GreigParticipant
I checked their web site yesterday and didn’t see them listedSeptember 23, 2014 at 10:42 am #261475newkitmanParticipant
I have a paper template for them that Montie sent me. Tried to make them out of sheetmetal as a practice piece and to check fit. It didn’t work out too well. I’ll have to try again. Bending the piece around the windshield post is the tricky part.
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"If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The ShackSeptember 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm #261476Dale SchumacherParticipant
You could give Brad a call anyway and see if maybe he has a couple squirreled away someplace.September 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm #261477Bill GouldParticipant
Dave, if a high school in your area has a metal shop class, maybe you could talk the teacher into suggesting it as a project for the students. (Or do high schools still have vocational arts classes like that anymore?) ❓
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1600 cc Type 1 engineSeptember 24, 2014 at 3:33 am #261478billnpartsParticipant
Does anyone have access to a 3-D printer? Could they just be spit out?
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"Drive Happy"September 24, 2014 at 10:39 am #261479doug schmidtParticipant
Dave..I have a pair of brackets from my Chevette based fiberfab kit. I am trying to use 2 original brakets, or I think they call them windshield stations, left over. They look similar to your photo. I shall rummage about and locate them.September 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm #261480
Thanks, Doug. It should work if the Fiberfab cowl and the Duchess cowl are the same. If they’re compatible, I might be interested in using them as patterns to cast a pair. By way of explanation, our family motto is “Why buy it when you can build it for more?” Actually, my son just built a new foundry and is really interested in doing this. If you find yours, please do let me know and we’ll take it from there.
-DaveSeptember 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm #261481DerekParticipant
If you are able to get that and the casting turns out well I’d be interested in purchasing a pair.September 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm #261482
If this happens I promise I won’t keep it to myself, but I can say that it’s probably not going to happen soon–a lot of much bigger projects ahead of it, I’m afraid.September 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm #261483edward ericsonParticipant
I was hoping someone would say “home foundry.” Looks eminently doable that way, but it will surely be quite a lot of work. I really hope to see it!September 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm #261484Rich KallenbergerParticipant
I’m with Billinparts. I think that 3d printing of non-structural, limited demand parts is the future. I understand that if you have one original or a 3d CAD file you are good to go.September 25, 2014 at 7:41 am #261485edward ericsonParticipant
You could sure do it if you had an additive printer that prints metal. Trouble is, no one has one except mfgs.September 25, 2014 at 8:40 am #261486RoyalParticipant
I’ve been watching this thread because it’s interesting, not because I need these “brackets”. So, I asked my son (whom some of you have met in VaBch) about 3-D printing. Here is his response:
Probably not of much help, but here you go:
Certainly possible to print with 3D printer….(I don’t have one, but
would love one for Christmas!!)….
There are lots of 3D printing services that do this stuff….poke around
online for a bit…I have no idea what the cost would be, but you would
(at least) need some good drawings or at least an original to scan.
check out sites such as this:
Another option would be to sign up for a 3D class at a local Community
College – many of them have 3D printers and teach this stuff…could be
fun and give you access to the tools…September 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm #261487
Real men melt metal.September 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm #261488doug schmidtParticipant
Cowl brackets from a fiberfab Chevette kit. Email me if you are still in need
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