I am restoring the windshield frame on my 1911 T. Does anyone know what the rubber bumpers that are on the lower windshield frame look like?
I don't know of any rubber bumpers that should be anywhere on the windshield for 1911. Where would you put them?
A better question is what brand is it? Rands or ??
Good seeing you here, Jim. How's the family? Sounds like a Mezger Automatic windshield, which has bumpers.
My Mezger is raked a little, so I used 3/8" fuel hose over the stems, with a domed bumper over the end.
By this ad, the bumper can't be much larger than a pencil eraser.
Thanks for the information. My family is doing fine. The windshield is a Rands and the bumpers for it would on the horizontal piece of the frame that attaches to the firewall.
Ours just rattles...
I have a "Hydraulic" windshield on my '10 and it has bumpers that are slightly larger than a pencil eraser and fit into cups that are attached to the top of the upper windshield section. I made a punch with an inside diameter that was just a tad larger than the hole the bumper fits into and punched my own out of a large eraser. I colored the white eraser material with a permanent black marker and I had bumpers that were indistinguishable from the originals.
The rubber bumpers can best be made from a tire chain rubber tension band. The cross section is exactly the right size to fit in the original cups. You can cut them any length you want to make the size you need.
A drop of glue like Barge Cement in the cup holds the
new bumper great -put mine in over 10 years ago
The bumpers on a Rands are on the bottom channel and about the diameter of a dime. If the windshield were easily accessible, I'd upload a photo. If you seriously need shape, dimension and spacing for a Rands, email me privately.
i wondered what the two holes in the bottom of my rands 1911 windshield were for. bumpers you say?
would like to see pics of a proper set.
I have made many different styles of rubber bumpers from rubber bottle stoppers. The kind used for test tubes and beakers. I found them at the hardware section of Lowes in the cabinet drawers. For circular bumpers I sharpen the edge of a piece of pipe the size I need chuck it in my drill press and cut it out. The thickness can be cut on the band saw or ground down on the belt sander. Sometimes you can cut them with a gasket punch. For odd shapes I use the belt sander or disc sander for shaping.
The 1911 I have has a Model C Automatic windshield. There are rubber bumpers on the bottom frame. The backs of the bumpers are contoured to match the curve of the frame. Like these.
I will let the experts debate whether they are original from the factory. They certainly look that old.
Mine has the holes there.
thanks for the pics ward....now i know what to do.
Thanks for the comments and the pictures. I really appreciate it.
The pictures Ward S posted show bumpers that look almost exactly like the feet on modern electronic test equipment. We used to buy them in a variety of sizes from electronic supply stores. They have the recessed hole for the mounting screw in them. You would need to cut the curve on the back to properly fit onto the windshield frame. I have used my bench grinder to shape rubber parts.
Val S, That is my kind of "get creative"!
Do drive carefully, and Merry Christmas! W2