Wind Deflecter

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    • #2691
      Bryan Thomas
      Participant

      Look I made my own

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    • #2703
      Laurence Jones
      Keymaster

      Glad to see you’ve mastered the art of including photos into Discussion Topics.

      Can you tell us some more Bryan about the Wind Deflector – I’ve not seen something like that before.

      On my Convertibles I’ve had to put a mess screen behind the driver and passenger to stop buffering – but it makes it really awkward to get things into the locker box etc, so would welcome a better way to deflect the wind.

      Laurence

    • #2704

      Hi Guys.
      The wind deflector was a Jaguar optional Xtra but was as much use as an ash tray on a motor bike.
      Over the years I have found very few with them fitted, Have searched through my album and found just two.
      Afraid the one that Bryan has made does not look like the real thing I hope you don’t have it fitted when
      you are in Concours POINTS LOST.

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      Bleasie

    • #2705
      Bryan Thomas
      Participant

      The picture above is of the wind deflector I made, by useing a right angled piece of trim I had laying about that had come from a XJS convertible that had the locker box and trim removed. I have only seen pictures of the original one but it looked like it might do what I wanted.It was already covered in Magnolia trim one side so all I needed to do was cover the other side , I had some spare headliner material which I glued on, I then finished off with some plastic edging strip . Next job was to align it up in the centre. After removal of the targa tops I removed one 2ba screw from each of the locker latch brackets in the top front of the windscreen, Then holding the deflector up to determine the space needed to allow for the interior light I marked where to drill the fixing holes. Putting the Chrome screws from the targa brackets safely to one side I found suitable longer screws with washers and fitted the deflector. I know its not as pretty as the original and it don’t fold back but it does what I wanted and stops the buffeting . The down side is of course having to change back every time, but there again if you only have a hard top in place and you want to enjoy your cabriolet to the full its worth considering making your own . Regards Bryan.

    • #2706
      Bryan Thomas
      Participant

      Further to my discussion , I would like to point out that the buffeting is most apparent only when the solid hard top is fitted hence the need for the wind deflector. I never have a problem with the soft top possibly because the soft top section is more flexable

    • #2751
      Robin
      Participant

      Hello Bryan, I couldn’t see your pic of diy wind Deflector but thought you might like to see mine!
      As you say these were only sold for use with the hardtop fitted when targa panels are removed, mounts under the targa clips and is nicely made.
      I’ll stick a few other pics on my general photos as I know you will be interested if you have gone to the trouble to make your own.
      Only came in one colour I believe but mine is both doeskin mainly and the release panel in a slightly darker hue.
      Robin

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    • #2752
      Robin
      Participant

      Wow the picture insert worked!! Great Laurence

    • #2753
      Robin
      Participant

      I thought maybe a pic of the Wind Deflector fitted in place might help others understand it’s function.
      I might point out that it’s not me in pic but courtesy of Duncan Wherrett’s book on XJS – a must for any Cab owner as the pics show great detail of cabriolet interior and fittings

      Robin

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    • #2755

      Hi Woodstock
      I certainly recognise the photo I could visualise it days ago but could not remember where it was thanks for reminding me.
      I remember it must be circa 1990 Duncan came over to Grimsby and took 100’s of photos of 92 HOT about 15 appear in his book,
      along with some of Bryan’s Cabriolet 841 BRY. —Is it OK Woodsmoke to copy two of the photos to put on File.

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    • #2763
      Bryan Thomas
      Participant

      Hi Woodsmoke and thanks for posting, I have the book you refere too, as Ducan did a photo shoot for me with my pre he v12 coupe and its from looking at the picture that got me thinking , if I cant get one I will try and make one. I would dearly love to get hold of an original one but after 20 odd years searching I have given up If you Know of one going please let me know thanks and kind regards Bryan

    • #2766
      Robin
      Participant

      Bleasie, feel free to use pics for reference..
      I meant to ask whether you still have your XJS-C as I know reg went onto your XK8, I do use JEC as well..

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      Bryan, I don’t know of one, other than mine which I bought secondhand in 2001. Only bought by chance as was buying a replacement cab hood advertised in JEC from chap called Mike Coxhead in Berks. who was moving to Rennes. I remember well as he also had a Red Lister XJS convertible with 15k on it trying to sell then for £28k.
      Did a deal for hood and Deflector so it cost little more than the hood price.

      Not seen one since on eBay either so probably quite rare item now. If I see one I will

      Robin
      PS I did buy some bits from your good self around that time too – cab rear box top boards and chrome rail plus rear number plate light cluster.. (from Greenhill Rd!)

    • #2767
      Robin
      Participant

      Bleasie, feel free to use pics for reference..
      I meant to ask whether you still have your XJS-C as I know reg went onto your XK8, I do use JEC as well..

      ———
      Bryan, I don’t know of one, other than mine which I bought secondhand in 2001. Only bought by chance as was buying a replacement cab hood advertised in JEC from chap called Mike Coxhead in Berks. who was moving to Rennes. I remember well as he also had a Red Lister XJS convertible with 15k on it trying to sell then for £28k.
      Did a deal for hood and Deflector so it cost little more than the hood price.

      Not seen one since on eBay either so probably quite rare item now. If I see one I will

      Robin
      PS I did buy some bits from your good self around that time too – cab rear box top boards and chrome rail plus rear number plate light cluster.. (from Greenhill Rd!)

    • #2824
      Stig Moltu-Jacobsen
      Participant

      Hi everybody, esp those interested in wind deflectors on XJ-SC cars!
      I bought my first XJ-SC brand new in Portland, Oregon in August 1988. It came with a hardtop and wind deflector as standard equipment. It also had a rear soft top. I was told by the Jaguar Dealer (also a Rolls-Royce and SAAB dealer) that the hardtop and wind deflector were standard equipment in the US and had been so for quite a while.

      Bleasie says the deflector is as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike, i.e. useless. That’s not true, it works quite well, at least with the hardtop in place and roof panels (of course) removed, as Bryan Thomas claims. The deflector is less useful with the rear soft top in place. The original deflector is removable, but I used to have it permanently in place, either folded up (panels out) or down/flat (panels on). My present European spec XJ-SC 3.6 TWR has neither a hardtop nor a deflector.

      I will check if it has the holder (for the deflector) in place, possibly as an add-on to the panel locking device.

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