i getchya, i bet your setup works wellHahaha. You have a very classy setup. I totally agree with you, but like to pick my battles. It was the easy solution, given he amount of work I had to do on the rig with a deadline of a 8000 miles trip.
I used to have the A pillar but I tend to use my 80 a bit for winter wheeling or ice climbing access. The dark icy winter roads on the way home at night maybe are a bit of a different scenario than what you have, the visibility is limited and seeing the road surface is important for judging speeds on windy roads with sharp corners into the base of the mountains in the ghost valley, couple that with 38” mud tires and one finds them being very focused on seeing the terrain.
Having a bright pyrometer near my face doesn’t help, and is totally unnecessary for me especially in winter roads where the engine runs cool anyways.
Pulling a heavy load up hills in the days in the hotter states has got to be a very different condition, but one I’m not exposed to.
I did have my 80 broken into once, gauge pods, stereo, CB, center console all torn out, plus they just cut any wiring attached to dash switches to get at it. I run a cheap deck and cobra night watch that aren’t hardly held in at all now. Hopefully much less attractive and easy to remove without destroying the interior. Having things less attractive to a potential thief is important to me for how I build or modify it.