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  • #233411
    Richard Johnson
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    @rrffjj

    I have a recently acquired 52TD based on the Chevette chassis. My question probably relates to other models as well. I have the wire mesh type rock guards on my headlights and was wondering what is the proper attachment for them? Mine appear to be held on with a nylon “fishing line” under the rim. Actually only one still has this, the other fell off. Is there a clip of any sort that should be used? Nylon line just doesn’t seem proper, nor does it hold up that well.
    What do others have? Any thoughts, ideas, pics?
    Thanks much

    #244145
    Larry Murphy
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    @larry-murphy

     Richard, The stone guards are attached by metal clips.  The ones on my car use two clips that are attached to two screws that come thru holes drilled in the headlight rim. They run from inside the rim to the outside and use chrome acorn nuts to hold the clips to the headlight rim.

     Another type uses clips that simply fit between the rim and the seal beam bulb and do not require drilling any holes. They are available from Victoria British for less than $15.00 a pair for the guards and clips.

     Victoria British does not sell parts for TDs,but the guards are that ther list for the MG A will work on the TD as well.

    #244146
    Richard Johnson
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    @rrffjj

    Larry, Thanks much for the info. I checked out their site, $11.95 for the guards + $7.75 shipping. I thought shipping was a little high but ordered a set anyway. Mine could use a re-chrome. 

    Really enjoy this site, great members, lots of info and assistance.

    Thanks again,
    Richard

    #244147
    Paul Allain
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    @pga64

    Because of this discussion I ordered a set myself. I like the look of stone guards. They were cheap enough, that if they don’t look good or don’t fit, I haven’t lost much.

    #244148
    Richard Johnson
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    @rrffjj

    Well the stone guards from Victoria British arrived today, complete with mounting clips. Call me an idiot if you will, but I can see no way possible to mount the guards using the clips provided. To do so would require the rim to have cut outs for the clips. Without the cutouts the rims don’t clamp tightly onto the bulb. Or am I missing something, other than a few brain cells?

    I tried to add a photo of the clips but the file was too large. 1.2kb and I don’t know how to reduce it.

    If anyone else has used this type of mounting clip, please let me know how it was done. If I/we can’t figure it out I’ll probably ship these back in the next few days.

    Thanks again 
    rrffjj40640.6466203704

    #244149
    Steve Crites
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    @ringo

    Richard,

    Had the same problem.  If you hook the clips to the inside of the outer rim of the light they are loose and the guards stick out away from the headlight, right?  You have to take the outer rims off and place the clips between the rims and the body of the light.  They will then fit properly and the guards will snap in tight.  The problem then is that the end of the clips stick up above the headlight a little.  It doesn’t look smooth and you have to be careful not to cut your hand when polishing the lights but there is no other way to get them to fit properly.  I thought about cutting off the stick ups but then they would be likely to not catch the outer rim. I suppose you could bend them down to be tighter against the body of the light, but then the chrome would break at the bend and rust before long

    If you’re still not sure what I mean, I will be glad to take a photo for you.

    #244150
    Paul Allain
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    @pga64

    Just received my stone guards today and couldn’t figure out how they would be installed. Googled for some sort of installation guide and found this.

    http://www.ocoop.com/mini-stoneguards.htm

    Haven’t tried it yet, but will in near future. If you come up with a better way let me know.

    #244151
    Steve Crites
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    @ringo

    Exactly right!  If you look close at the last two photos on that web site you’ll see the little tabs that stick out between the rim and the paint (chrome body on our Deitz style lights)

    #244152
    Paul Allain
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    @pga64

    Tried installing the stone guards. Once the clips were in I couldn’t get the ring to close. The clips took up too much space. Any ideas?

    #244153
    Richard Johnson
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    @rrffjj

    Also, if you look at the trim ring on the Mini it’s deeper than the rings on the TD’s. Not a satisfactory install for us at all. But since I like the vintage look of the guards I decided to keep them and use a “Mickey Mouse” way to attach them. The previous owner of my car had the old stone guards attached with nylon fishing line. The line was attached at 3 points around the guard and tied off to the 3 headlight terminals on the light itself. Even knowing how they’re held on, I can’t tell unless I’m within 2 feet of them.

    #244154
    Paul Allain
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    @pga64

    I found a way to put the stone guard on using the clips. I had an old Dietz headlight shell and bulb and experimented with it. I cut part of the clip off and 5 minute epoxied the clip to the inside of the ring. Once set, I put the ring on but screw was just a hair short. Found a screw that was a 1/4″ longer and it worked. I’ll post pictures when I get a chance.

    #244155
    Paul Allain
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    @pga64

    Posted pictures to my gallery. pga64

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