An interesting Mini conversion for greater convenience and, perhaps, some added distinction, is now being offered by Tilling Automotive Ltd., of 6, Adam & Eve Mews, Kensington, W.8. This is a wind-up door window kit, doing away with the standard two-piece sliding type. The kit contains toughened Triplex glass cut to shape and with a regulator channel ready-fitted, all necessary channels and screws, felt weatherstrips, polished wood trim and fillets, winding gear and handles, and all necessary fixing screws and Biff rivets. The window fits with a small metal blank plate filling the forward corner of the aperture, and a fixed quarter-light is provided for the rearmost 3 in. or so. The standard door trim panel is replaced once the new window and its mechanism is in place, and is held and finished off rather nicely by the polished wood strips provided.
Fitting time is about 3-4 hours, the most arduous job, unless one has a power saw, being cutting a slot along the top of the door body to let the new weatherstrips and glazing in. One obvious drawback of fitting this type of window is that the normal “Odds boxes” let into the doors have to be blanked-off, but the conversion is most effective, the example we tried operating very smoothly and, with the fixed rear quarter-lights, being quite efficiently draught-exclusive when wound down. Price is £12 complete, with fitting extra.