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View Poll Results: Would you like the shorter 10.5" Demister Dash Vent (MTC6040) from milled aluminum?
YES, please make the 10.5" vents 12 85.71%
NO, not really interested in the 10.5" vents 0 0%
DON'T CARE, as I only need the longer 14.5" vents (BTR912) 2 14.29%
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Old March 10th, 2015, 08:27 PM
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Question Demister/Defrost Dash Vent for earlier trucks - any interest?

Is there any interest in the 'shorter' 10.5" Demister/Defrost Dash Vents, done from milled aluminum? These seem to fit only trucks from 1983 to (guessing) around 1986/1989 or so. Rover part# is MTC6040.

I'm already making the larger 14.5" Demister Dash Vents from milled aluminum that are due out later this month, which will fit all NAS trucks as well as later ROW/UK trucks (and anyone that's done a later dash-pad conversion, which is pretty easy & cheap to do). Rover part# is BTR912.

But...before I go down that rabbit hole of making up the shorter vents, definitely would need to gauge interest so I don't end up with hundreds of these to use as stocking stuffers for my kids next Christmas.

Below are some pics so you know what part I'm talking about....first pic shows MTC6040 versus BTR912 (with aluminum prototype in the middle).

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Old March 10th, 2015, 08:48 PM
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To me it would depend a lot on price point as mine are in good shape and it would just be done for looks essentially
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Old March 10th, 2015, 08:54 PM
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The top of my dash is cracked, so it would depend on what the best choice is to replace that top part...
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To me it would depend a lot on price point as mine are in good shape and it would just be done for looks essentially
I can't be the only one that has these things warped to holy hell on all of his trucks .

But, to answer your question: essentially a "pair" of the standard replacement plastic vents run ~$50 or so. Ideally I'd like to have these in the neighborhood of ~$100 for a set out of milled aluminum and powdercoated black (the larger 14.5" will likely be ~$125 or so). That would, obviously, be a lifetime set that would outlast you and your kids.

I need to massage the production run numbers to drive the pricing down to this ballpark, hence the inquiry.
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Old March 10th, 2015, 08:59 PM
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Mine are still like new. Is it normal for these to warp?
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Mine are still like new. Is it normal for these to warp?
My NAS ones are "sagging" on one side, and slightly more warped on the other side. This may be due to it's majority of lifespan in Arizona and the heat, but is there nonetheless. On the 1988, it looks like a camel hump they are warped so bad.

But...most of the others I've seen are at least drooping or bowed a little bit, and certainly aren't standing as proud & straight as they once were when new.

If you look at my first pic, you can actually see the bottom vent bows in ever so slightly on the lower edge. This is the better of the two from the NAS. But they are thin & flimsy plastic with minimal support, especially at the middle of the vent opening where the bow seems to be most pronounced from what I've seen.
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two expired "tokens" and two lost posts later:

Something something with a rearward facing section that diverts the demist air to my cold face. I can CAD. no more pre coffee posts.
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Bump to see if there is anyone else interested in the smaller dash vents.
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It seemed there was enough interest, so worked up a prototype for the earlier 10.5" defrost vents for Defenders 1983-(~)1988/1989 (original part# MTC6040, which fits up to vin FA453191) and will likely do a small batch in the near future:
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Also, it appears that they *should* be a pretty darn close fit on the Series III trucks as well (original part# 395871) based on a test fit from Tim Smith since he was kind enough to test it against his truck as well:
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Let me know as well. Thanks.
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Can't see the poll on the iPad, so awwww yeahhhhhh.

I like it.
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FWIW, I bought the Wiberg kit to send air to the side windows & improve yhe amount of air reaching the windscreen. on my '85. The parts didn't fit. Not even close.

If you made a kit that did fit & sent air to the side windows and incorporated this in, I'd be interested.
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I have the Wilberg kit and it is useless at defoging or defrosting the side windows. Complete waste of money.
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Time to update this thread...for reference please see here:
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...tml#post723683
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