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Hardtop Lining

hej
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Hardtop Lining

Post by hej » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:56 pm

Does anyone have information on how the SP250 hardtop lining was fitted. I have just had one re painted and need to reline it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Vortex O'Plinth
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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by Vortex O'Plinth » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:36 pm

I bought a hardtop relining kit from Bryan Purves (and commandeered our dining room table to fit it on) ....
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The kit comes with instructions - that I unfortunately no longer have. It might be worth contacting Bryan. Even if you don't want the kit (which is expensive) he might sell you the instructions.
Nick

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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by Sydsmith » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:09 pm

There is only one place for an SP250 hard top and that is in the attic or like mine strapped to the rafters where it has been since I bought the car almost 10 years ago. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I have to admit to being a summer driver.

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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by hej » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:46 pm

Vortex O'Plinth wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:36 pm
I bought a hardtop relining kit from Bryan Purves (and commandeered our dining room table to fit it on) ....

P1270540.JPG

The kit comes with instructions - that I unfortunately no longer have. It might be worth contacting Bryan. Even if you don't want the kit (which is expensive) he might sell you the instructions.
Thanks Nick

Will give him a try

hej
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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by hej » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:48 pm

Sydsmith wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:09 pm
There is only one place for an SP250 hard top and that is in the attic or like mine strapped to the rafters where it has been since I bought the car almost 10 years ago. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I have to admit to being a summer driver.
Probably do the same myself but do need the satisfaction of completing it.

Thanks

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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by John-B » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:23 pm

Sydsmith wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:09 pm
There is only one place for an SP250 hard top and that is in the attic or like mine strapped to the rafters where it has been since I bought the car almost 10 years ago. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I have to admit to being a summer driver.
Nooooo! A hardtop is great in the winter....to keep warm!

When I re-bought my car after a forty year gap the hardtop lining was loose and a local garage tried to stick back up, but it came loose again in the summer heat.

I had my car restored with a new lining, and the small strips above the windscreen are coming loose, but held by the hardtop clamps, so pay particular attention to the glue used and the application.

hej
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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by hej » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:32 pm

Thanks for the tips and advice

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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by Bud » Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:08 pm

Miss October loves her hardtop.
It's all about the wardrobe, fashion you know, something different to wear.

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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by David S » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:52 pm

And another thing about using a hard top is that it increases security.

David

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Re: Hardtop Lining

Post by AntonyB » Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:07 pm

I have a hardtop in use on my SP, mainly as a few years ago it was in regular use as an everyday car to get to work etc. in conjunction with a couple of other 'classics' (AC3000ME & a MkII Mini Cooper), so more weather protection in the winter etc. was appreciated.

The hardtop was re-lined at the same time as some other upholstery work, however about 6 months later the cloth (the original lining was a form of vinyl/plastic) became unattached and dropped, I contacted the upholsterer who came and re-attached at no additional cost, the glue had basically just pulled away some of the backing foam? that was on the underside. That lasted another year or so before the same happened again, I remedied it temporarily (for another year or so) with a bamboo cane across the underside holding up the cloth, although I did develop a slightly odd driving position with my neck bent to one side, and the SP was not used quite so much.

The upholsterer came again and took the roof away, returning in a couple of weeks time, there was a cost this time, however slightly more than anticipated by me, as he had in fact re-done the lining completely, though some 10 years later it is still absolutely fine. The solution he used in the end was to buy a lining where the cloth came pre-fixed/bonded to a backing lining (presumably a foam or similar), so not relying on applied glue and the gravitational effect to pull the cloth down.

Unfortunately I don't know the supplier, or specific name of the final product used, but if I did I would happily recommend its use.

Antony

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