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Last updated: January 2019
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These are resin copies of the centre medallion used on the above vehicles. The originals were clipped in to the centre of the wheel using a spring-steel clip. Unfortunately the clips were quite prone to breaking, leaving cars with missing centres, and leading to the original centres now being quite sought-after and hence expensive.
These are cast in black resin, and you need to paint in the silver parts and lacquer them for yourself. It's actually not a terrible job if you have a steady hand. Once painted, a decent coat of lacquer should protect them and give a bit of a shine. I've been using Tamiya "X11 Chrome Silver" followed by Humbrol gloss lacquer on mine.
The photo above shows one that I have painted, but not yet lacquered. The rears of the casts can be fairly uneven, so I'd recommend that you use something quite "thick" such as a mastic-type adhesive to stick them in to place. You could alternatively build the backs up with filler and flat them down, and maybe stick some kind of alternative fixing method in place so they can be removed more easily if required.
The centres are sold in sets of four, at £10 per set of four, excluding postage. At the moment, postage and packing for up to two sets of four is £1.50. If you want a number other than four, I can do that for a pro-rata change in price, I've done sets of five and six before.
As these have a habit of rusting away, I've had some new ones made. They're sold as "unfinished" (which means that they don't have a specific finish rather than they are incomplete) so you can choose whether you want to paint them, powder coat or some other kind of finish.
SOLD OUT - all of these have gone now. If you are interested, please contact me anyway and I'll take names to see if there's enough demand to get some more made.
These are hand-finished items, so there may be some minor hammer or shrinker marks on them. I am trying to keep these to a minimum.
Please note: these are not suitable for the OHC-engined cars, the larger shields for those are available from Vauxhall Green Parts. They are also not suitable for drum-braked cars. Equivalent to Vauxhall part number 7188710 and 7188711.
Current price is £40 per pair, plus postage and packing, which is £6 for mainland UK at the moment (October 2018).
The heater controls on these cars are now all forty years old or more, and over that time the black plastic tends to fade to grey, and the white logos can also wear off through use. I have produced a set of water-slide decals that include the four symbols for the "Heat" and "Air" slider knobs, and "Heated Rear Screen" and "Fan" electrical switches.
Simply clean the original controls, paint them gloss black in the way you prefer (I used aerosol paint after a quick coat of adhesion promoter) and apply the decals. Once applied, coat with your chosen lacquer to protect them - I used Humbrol Matt Lacquer applied by brush, after finding that their satin lacquer is a bit too shiny for my taste.
The picture below shows the before (left) and after views of the switches.
Available while stocks last, £4.50 per set plus post and packing. Second class P&P in the UK is 60p at the time of writing. (April 2018)
As the original glass headlamp covers fitted to the nosecone on HPF and Sportshatch models become more difficult to source, some owners prefer to fit covers made of a clear plastic rather than the real glass ones. The only problem with that is the original glass covers have some etched marks in the inner lower corner.
I have a number of pairs of these marks, made to resemble as closely as possible the originals, taken from one of my own glass covers. They are available in either white or silver, and once applied to the plastic cover it is difficult to see any difference.
I fitted white to my Sportshatch, and will fit silver to my HPF once it is ready for replacement covers. I imagine that they would all originally have been the same, but it's very hard to tell whether that would have been white, off-white, grey or something in between. Hence the choice. This is an image of the silver one, applied to a piece of Wickes finest clear plastic.
Available while stocks last, £8 per set plus post and packing. Second class P&P in the UK is 60p at the time of writing. (April 2018)
For more information I've started a separate website for panels.
Hand made repair sections available include:
While restoring my Sportshatch, I've had to make quite a few different repair sections. I've still got templates for everything I've made, and would be happy to talk about making these for others. Some are more difficult than others, some would probably not be possible without the car to check them against. But there are some that I feel could be done and maybe save time (and possibly cost) for someone else.
So far I've had some success with the HC Windscreen Washer Bottle bracket, and the bulkhead cover lower mounting rail. This latter piece is the curved section that runs along the top of the bulkhead, and is used to fix the bottom of the bulkhead cover in place. I supply it in three sections that you can join together, as much to make it easy to post as anything else. It welds behind the side mount panels, then curves forward to spotweld at the top of the bulkhead panel just in front of the heater / ventilation fan.
This is the Windscreen Washer Bottle bracket:
This is the centre section of the Bulkhead lower mounting, usually this would be a little shorter and the curved sections would be part of the side pieces.
Another recent panel is the chassis rail section near to the gearbox mounts. On the HC, this is a double section where the back end of the panel that runs from the front panel down the bulkhead overlaps the front section of the "lonigtudonal member" that runs along the underside of the car to the back panel. There's an overlap of around 31cm which provides additional strength to form the rear engine and gearbox support, but the double skin also encourages corrosion between the two panels leading to holes. Back in the day, a cover panel would "repair" the area by covering it with 20g steel, but I can produce a reasonable copy of the offending length, in 18g steel (as per original), to carry out a proper repair. The inner section is not handed, the outer section is different for nearside and offside. The photo below shows the outer repair section, placed around an inner section to check that it fits correctly.
As well as the above, I've also recently supplied a complete battery tray to a restorer. It comes with no holes drilled, so you'll need to add those in if you want to use the standard battery retaining bracket and mount the fusible links on the tray. I also don't drill the holes on the front edge, not least because I can't really see what they're for - the various electrical earths go on the chassis rail, further down.
Prices are reasonable and take into account that these are hand made and there will inevitably be some minor hammer marks and the like, get in touch if you need anything.
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I have a number of this bearing available for sale at a reasonable price, either singly or in pairs. As you can see from the photo below, these have been in storage since they were made in 1977 and have a small amount of light surface rust in some places. I believe (and will confirm) that this will come off with a light going over with WD40 and a very fine abrasive. Contact me for price and P&P details.
I have a number of standard chrome bumpers available. These have been taken off various cars that I have broken over the years. None have good rubber strips in them, in fact most are not drilled for strips as they are off base model cars. New rubber strip can be sourced from Stuart at Magardsport.com and glued in place. Offers.
I have a small quantity of some new-old-stock parts that came from a local trader who closed down recently. These seem to have been sourced from various main agents over a period of time, I have managed to identify some but not all of them. Some of them are Bedford CA parts. I'm adding them to the list below as I get chance. Please contact me using the link below if you are interested in any of them.
|2714049||CLIP (double), brake pipe to dash, RHD, Viva HC OHV|
|6322451||NUT, special, lower arm to crossmember, Bedford CA|
|6327261||VALVE, exhaust, engine 78000-416961, 92", 97" petrol engine, Bedford CA|
|6329883||NUT and retainer assy, front panel side to front panel lower, Bedford CA|
|6390311||OIL SEAL, crankshaft rear bearing, Bedford CA 92" or 97" petrol engine|
|7080787||WASHER, thrust, crankshaft standard, Bedford CA 92" or 97" petrol engine|
|7138878||SPRING, fork return, CA 92" or 97", Perkins 4/99, 4/108 diesel|
|7161698||BUSH, assy, screwed, lower suspension arm, Bedford CA|
|7200919||Seat Cover. Suggested as fitted to Bedford TK / TL models EOTOOCO, EOVOOCO, HRX3. 1977 and around|
More to come
If you're interested in any of the items above, please use the Contact me page to get in touch. For obvious reasons I don't want to put my email address on the web site in plain view. Note that I don't look at email all the time so it may be a couple of days before I get back to you.
All prices are correct at the time of writing, but may be subject to change without notice. E&OE.