i got tired of the limited choice of door window winders available for my classic british car, so i decided to design my own.

The "male" part of the winder mechanism is a hexagon with a threaded hole in the middle so it was pretty easy for me to make something that would fit. if your car has finer splines it might be a bit more difficult.

Step 1: plans

first step consists of taking proper measurements of the male part of the mechanism and the existing window winder.
then find a design you like, could be anything but i went with simple chevron cutouts. make a line drawing in a 2d software - i used illustrator, but check with the laser cutters to see what file format they can use.

looking at the drawing below,  starting from the bottom up:
1 - Back plate with 3 threaded holes
2 - base plate, 4 holes. the hole will need to be beveled so the head of the screw doesnt stick out.
3 - handle
4 - spacer

Screws will go through the handle and the base plate, and thread into the back plate. the middle hole in the base plate will hold the entire winder to the mechanism. the idea was to have a minimal amount of screw heads visible, so being able to hide the middle one meant using a baseplate. this makes the assembly a bit tricky but i think its worth it in the end.

Measure everything again just to be sure. Now you're ready to get it laser cut!
<p>I love the idea man. ever since I saw this I've been keeping it in the back of my head as a project for my ford ranger until I could find time to do it, anyway, instead of machining an aluminum body though I 3D printed one. here is pics of my prototype I'm going to soften the edges and bring the angle out on the body because it scratches my door a little. </p>
<p>that's great! what material did you print? </p>
<p>I used pla as my printing material. here is v2 with blue pla and some geometry added to the design. </p>
<p>love it!</p>
very nice and i love the cars. now, make a matching steering wheel aid http://img.dxcdn.com/productimages/sku_21977_1.jpg <br> <br>
Great idea and nice execution. I'm curious, what BMX parts did you use in your car?
thanks <br>i used my old hoffman bike stem for the steering column bracket, the column has the same diameter as the fork shaft!
i want that car, also i spot a moke ithe the background
yes, interestingly high turn out of Mokes at Mini Meet East this year! Rileys elfs too for that matter...
i've always wanted a moke
Love this!

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