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S3C Collant pipe & rear window restitching

S3C Collant pipe & rear window restitching

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The Flying Doctor

Original Poster:

8 posts

3 months

Friday 13th October
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Hi Folks

I need new coolant pipe and the hoses that attach at each end, for my S3C, as mine has a hole in it, has anybody got one?

Additionally, my rear window has unstitched itself, does anyone know if this can be restitched and if so who can do it?


Cheers

mk1fan

8,815 posts

147 months

Friday 13th October
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Which pipe?

ACT do replacements in stainless and complete hose kits. Tim is a nice bloke and has in the past sold individual hoses.

http://www.actproducts.co.uk/

TVR Parts may have them as part of the bulk purchase of stock they made. Whether they have sorted through that stuff by now is another matter laugh

Bobhon

887 posts

101 months

Friday 13th October
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Regarding the rear window, it depends where you are. Generally any competent car trimmer can remove the pram hood bit and stitch in a new window for you. Costs are generally around the £160 mark or so.

It probably wouldn't be any cheaper to save your existing window as most of this is probably labour. Plus with a new one it won't be faded and scratched, you have to scratch them yourself, LOL.

I used The Hood Guys in Kings Heath who did a great job on my Tamora.

The Flying Doctor

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8 posts

3 months

Friday 13th October
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This pipe

mk1fan

8,815 posts

147 months

Friday 13th October
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Speak to Tim. As I said, he has previously sold individual items.

I have a couple but haven't decided whether I need them or not.
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phillpot

13,137 posts

105 months

Friday 13th October
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As you can see from the picture in post above the new stainless pipes have a boss for the fan stat so you'll also need a screw in one of those and bin the clumsy clamp on thing you probably have at the moment.

Modified bracket to look a bit less "Heath Robinson", ooh look, rust coming back already wink


v8s4me

5,628 posts

141 months

Friday 13th October
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Re the window; is the plastic torn between the stitch holes? If not then you could probably repair the stitching your self. You'll need some strong waxed thread and two needles. It's difficult to explain exactly how to do it but essentially you pass the needles through the existing holes in the fabric and the plastic window in opposite directions, tension (not too much) and move along to the next set of holes.

You'll need to start the needles from both sides though to hide the knots. Have a practice on some scrap material and you'll soon work it out.

Doing it on a warm day helps because the plastic will be softer.

Take your time to line up the holes and don't be tempted to make news ones which will weaken the plastic.

SteveOS3

417 posts

113 months

Friday 13th October
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For information, if you have a separate temperature probe, like with a Kenlowe fan, ACT supplied me with a set of pipes without the otter connections.

They said that their supplier makes pipes in batches so may have more 'otterless' pipes if anyone needs them.

Steve

The Flying Doctor

Original Poster:

8 posts

3 months

Friday 13th October
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The fan was changed to a manual one by the last owner.

Not sure about the plastic being ripped but I will have a look thanks.

Cheers all

glenrobbo

8,610 posts

72 months

Friday 13th October
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v8s4me said:
Re the window; is the plastic torn between the stitch holes? If not then you could probably repair the stitching your self. You'll need some strong waxed thread and two needles. It's difficult to explain exactly how to do it but essentially you pass the needles through the existing holes in the fabric and the plastic window in opposite directions, tension (not too much) and move along to the next set of holes.

You'll need to start the needles from both sides though to hide the knots. Have a practice on some scrap material and you'll soon work it out.

Doing it on a warm day helps because the plastic will be softer.

Take your time to line up the holes and don't be tempted to make news ones which will weaken the plastic.
As Joe says, as long as the plastic window itself is in good condition, it's quite easy to restitch it yourself. But do choose a nice warm day, and make sure you wax the thread thoroughly. ( I kept drawing the thread across a wax candle before starting the repair. )
And it is soooo much easier if you use a thimble and a small pair of snipe-nosed pliers to push the needle(s) through. Try to use the existing holes on the window, don't make new holes if you can avoid it.
A good dose of silicon damp proofing spray over all the roof stitching aids longevity, but mask everything off first. And make sure the roof is clean before you apply it.

DamianS3

1,622 posts

104 months

Saturday 14th October
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The Flying Doctor said:
The fan was changed to a manual one by the last owner.
So no automatic operation at all or just Ann override ? Either way if the cooling system works this should not be nesesarry.. imho

Damian S3