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RevSteve
May 18, 2017, 11:12am Report to Moderator

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Hello all

I've just bought a 13/60 1969 herald which has been unloved somewhat. The idea is that me and my 15 yr old lad can do the resto over the next 18 months or so. The welding has been done, the chassis and engine are OK, but one obvious problem is the vinyl sunroof is beyond repair, I've been looking on the internet and am struggling to come up with even a reconditioned one.  Any advice would be appreciated, Thanks Steve
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Jonny-Jimbo
May 18, 2017, 11:57am Report to Moderator

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In the short term, if you have the space, you can get a standard saloon roof, and then work on repairing the sunroof when you have the time.

There are companies out there that can repair and refurb them.

We have a leather and trim shop at work, so might be able to help out - MIGHT.


62 Vitesse 1600 - Slammed & modified
66 Herald 1200 - Donor
67 2000 - Fitted with 2.5 o/d - 2012 RBRR, 2015 Essex Rally, 2016 HCR, 2016 RBRR
67 2000 Estate - Awaiting rebuild & modification
70 Herald 13/60 - First car, many bits
77 CZ 125 Sport - 70 miles on the clock
77 Kawasaki KM90 - Shop hack
81 Yamaha DT125 - Running
88 Ginetta G4/4 - Dead
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RobPearce
May 18, 2017, 2:37pm Report to Moderator

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As an alternative short-term fix you could do what I did on my GT6:

That temporary panel hooks over the rear part of the sunroof aperture and clips into the runners at the front. One day I'll replace it with something proper!


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Nick Jones
May 18, 2017, 7:32pm Report to Moderator

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There will be someone out there who can do it......
The original may have been made by Britax or Webasto.

This lot might be worth a go (Google found them).
http://www.bristolsunroofs.co.uk/sunroofspares.php
or
http://www.tudorwebastosunroofs.com/
or
http://www.thetrimmingcentre.co.uk/tudor-webasto-coachbuilt-sunroofs

The original may have been made by Britax or Webasto.

I fear it will not be cheap.....

Nick


Nick Jones
Somerset UK

Vitesse Mk 1.5 Convertible EFI, Survivor of RBRR 2008, HCR & 10CR 2009, HCR 2010, 10CR2011, HCR 2012, 10CR2013, 10CR2015 & HCR 2016.
GT6 Mk3 Roto - project in waiting
Spitfire MKIV resto nearly complete (consultant only - son's project)
2.5 PI Saloon now EFI (PIe?), Engine rebuilt and running sweet.  Diff howling...... Survivor of HCR 2013 & 2014 Gone to live in Swansea

http://www.tengaston.plus.com
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RevSteve
May 19, 2017, 7:04pm Report to Moderator

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Cheers, speaking to a chap down the road who suggests it was a Britax Weathershield....

He's given me

http://www.littleportboathaven.co.uk/britax%20sunroof.htm

now just hunting for a fitting guide....Happy days!

Thanks
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mpbarrett
May 19, 2017, 8:08pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from RevSteve
Cheers, speaking to a chap down the road who suggests it was a Britax Weathershield....

He's given me

http://www.littleportboathaven.co.uk/britax%20sunroof.htm

now just hunting for a fitting guide....Happy days!

Thanks


I had a Britax fitted to a GT6 a few years ago. Was a guy called Peter Harvey 01527 60401. Very good but expensive ~£1000 but that included cutting the hole in the roof. He had all the parts to make new Britax sunroof.
I did try Littleportboathaven but I don't think they do them any more.
Also there is a company called Cass Bros in Bromley Common that might be able to help.
good luck
mike


"Little Red", 13/60 Herald convertible with 1500 engine and O/D, (1/2 2007 10CR, 1/2 2009 10CR and 1 RBRR). Body work needs some tlc. March 2013 Back from darkest Norfolk and now very shiny....
"Little Blue", 2.5L GT6 mk3, Didnt do the 2009 10CR as it refuses��to leave East Anglia. Didnt finish 2010 RBRR due to vibration for propshaft and very doggy ignition. Finished the 2011 10CR, getting ready for the 2013 10CR. Broke down up a 2650M mountain. That was enough, now with new owner.
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daver clasper
May 20, 2017, 7:21am Report to Moderator
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There was a factory fitting guide for the "Weathershield" on the net a couple of years ago, as well as an an article by someone who restored one and re fitted it to a Lotus Sunbeam.

I bought a secondhand one to fit to Vitesse, but decided not to fit in the end. I would say it is a DIY job to recover and fit, especially if you already have the hole cut.

They do come up on E bay and the size for Herald (from memory, roughly 34"x 34") is common for other cars. The front and rear plates can be rotted and these are a curved shape to replicate.

Dave  
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daver clasper
May 20, 2017, 9:31am Report to Moderator
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Just an afterthought.

The "Weathershield" model by Britax was I think a later one than fitted to for example a 67 car. Not sure when introduced.

I think the Weathershield has a larger hole in roof, though is apparently much easier to fit than earlier ones.  
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