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    After finishing my 5+ year TR6 restoration odyssey, I'm really enjoying driving the car. On the other hand, I've been maintaining a growing list of "tweaks" that need attention. This is the first one I've gotten to.

    The smoked acrylic sun visors I made work really well, mostly. The are fine for reducing sun glare yet not obstructing the view.

    When not needed with the top down, I like to rotate them all the way up, so they are above the top of the windshield frame. They are out of the way, and I think they actually deflect some of the wind. But here is the problem--being in the wind, the force on them often overcomes the little rubber clasp thingy that holds the loose end of the visor arm. The visor swings out to the side, and generally looks dorky.




    The problem is that the new replacement clasps I'm using are too wimpy to hold against the wind force. I guess it's possible that a different vendor might offer a stiffer part, but rather than risk even more disappointment, I decided that this might be a great application for a 3D printed part.

    While some sort of flexible material might be more ideal for this part, I didn't have any in black, so I just used ABS, and played with the dimensions to get the resilience I needed. The store-bought rubber part is on the right, and the final pair I used are on the left. In the middle are a couple if intermediate iterations,




    The force needed to "park" the visor arm was fine tuned with a small file, but now the arms go home with a reassuring click, and they stay put.

    The second issue with the visors was the fact that the inner edge of the acrylic on both sides would foul the rear view mirror when they were lowered. I don't really recall if this was a problem with the original vinyl visors, but since I used the originals as patterns for my acrylic units, I think it may have been.




    Marking and cutting a little relief on each visor fixed that right up.








    As I put more miles on the car, I find the punch list is still growing, but not as fast now.

    Ed
    For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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    The second issue with the visors was the fact that the inner edge of the acrylic on both sides would foul the rear view mirror when they were lowered. I don't really recall if this was a problem with the original vinyl visors, but since I used the originals as patterns for my acrylic units, I think it may have been.


    Yes it is a problem with the original visors, at least on the passenger side of my car. Don't think it's an issue on the driver's side. Whenever my youngest son puts his visor all the way down it pushes the mirror out of place. Nice modifications Ed!
    1972 TR6, CC75294L
    W58 5 speed / Eaglegate conversion
    Goodparts rear hubs, trailing arm brackets and steering rack mounts, Prestige Autowood Hawaiian koa wood dash panel

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    • #3
      Nice mods!
      1973 TR6 – BRG with beige interior, custom LED lighting
      Hardtop, OD, Rollbar, 15”Koenigs
      Bored, balanced and polished motor with Kastner/TSI S2 Cam
      Header, custom exhaust, custom alternator, e-fan
      Lowered, poly suspension, Konis and rear anti roll-bar
      www.coventrysfinest.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        You're way fancier than me. I found the rubber retainers to be too wimpy, and since I saw no reason to unclip the visors to rotate them to the side, I carved a couple of retainers from wood, painted them black and installed them. I can't rotate the visors to the side, but they stay put, which is all I need.
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        Dave C
        '72 Sapphire #CC82360UO
        Chapel Hill NC

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        • #5
          Ed -

          As you are aware, I have similar acrylic visors as you do, and initially suffered the same issue (deflecting in the wind). However, I simply put a bit more of a bend in the "pin" onto which the visors slide (the black piece in the pic below), thereby making them mount much more firmly, and they remain in position when clipped into the stock rubber clasps (or whatever other position they are in).

          edit: I will add that the bend I put into the pin was in the direction of the clasp...so that the tip is acually encouraged to locate in the clasp.

          That said...I really like your ABS versions! Got to get myself one of those printers...

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          Mine don't foul the mirror- not sure why, as I cut mine using the original visor as a template.

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          Last edited by A Brit in Bama; 05-09-2019, 11:44 AM.
          Keith, Huntsville AL, 1971 CC66559U
          10.0:1 CR gasflowed head | Weber DCOEs | CP "150hp" Cam | Distibutor by Advanced | Lightened flywheel | Phoenix SS Exhaust System | HVDA 5-Speed | Good Parts suspension and anti-roll bars | Konig Rewinds | Boyd 15 gal tank | Miata Seats and Mr Mikes covers | Carl Visser dash | Mohair hood | Gas-strut bonnet and boot lift kits

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          • #6
            Good use of 3D printing, and basically unnoticeable unless you know the originals are rubber. The learning curve for CAD drawing was a little steep (coming from other vector drawing work), but it’s really fun to make things like this from scratch.
            Bill Connell
            1969 TR6 CC28790
            TR6 project log
            St. Paul MN

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            • #7
              Thanks, Guys.

              Keith and Dave, those are both very nice solutions.

              Ed
              For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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              • #8
                I find that my visors (new from Moss) have play left-to-right on both pins so that you can just clear the mirror. It does mean that the inside pins don't sit as deep in the visor as I really want but it seems to be working ok.
                P.S. Beautiful and functional as always, Ed!
                Derek McAllister
                Toronto
                ’74 Sapphire blue CF22200U
                Fan Eliminator. ZS Carbs (my rebuild)
                Poly Bushings, RG Trailing Arm Brackets.
                Gear Reduction Starter, Points(!),
                due for a rebuild (98k mi, lotsa oil leaks & consumption)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Derekmcallister View Post
                  I find that my visors (new from Moss) have play left-to-right on both pins so that you can just clear the mirror.
                  Derek--Yes, the hardware was original on mine, and I too found that the barrel of the visors could be shifted sideways on the rods. Just not quite enough in my case.

                  Ed
                  For just a little more, you can do it yourself!

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