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    "400" repair

    Great news on the parts Herman - Onwards!
  2. Thanks Wayne, very good point. I want to keep the original look and feel though, so the Black is only going across the roll bar area. I feel that if the whole thing was Black, it would feel quite dark and oppressive inside.
  3. Thank you Mike, very good points. It is listed as a headliner material, but certainly well worth a double check!
  4. The samples of the vinyl headliner material have now arrived. It is a good quality material and the pattern is also a good match, so very happy about that. However, I am now more confused about whether to use the White or the Cream for the bulk of the area... The Black is fine as you can see: Here is the White: And this is the Cream: I assume that the existing material has discouloured over the decades, but the Cream is a better match with what is there now. So, decisions, decisions - any thoughts from you guys? Does anyone know what colour it would have been from the factory? Thanks in advance.
  5. Ooh you Superstar - do they have the tubular frames at the front that bolt to the floor via the ‘U’ clamp ‘thingies’? If so, where are you located?
  6. Evening all, Does anyone have a Mk1 Cav/Manta B drivers seat base? I want to try going back to standard on my car after replacing the headliner. Thanks in advance.
  7. All I did was to cut the tube length down, the cut the excess thread off the bolt with an angle grinder once fitted. If you cut the excess thread off before you start, you can struggle to get the nut to engage with the first couple of threads. Hope that helps? Good luck.
  8. Do you already have a carpet in a different colour? If so, why not use that as a template to make a new one in Black? Just a thought...
  9. A couple of small steps forward on the headliner project over the last few days: 1) I have now sourced and received a better material to make for the cross rod sleeves. 2) Today I ordered three samples of headliner material (White, Ivory and Black). I cant quite decide whether to go for White, which I think was the main colour originally, or use he Ivory, which is what it has discoloured to now... Of course, the Black goes in the centre and highlights where the roll over bar is positioned. I'm tending towards the White, but will make the final call once the samples arrive.
  10. Your welcome to borrow my MIG welder Graeme. Its got flux cored wire loaded in, so you wouldn't even need to worry about buying gas. Its here if you want it matey
  11. Yes, you are correct - I will need all of the bar loops for a non-sunroof Coupe. I actually have some material left over from my seat covers that I can use to make those. As it is easily machined, I can make whatever size is needed for each position Absolutely no idea mate
  12. Hi Shaun, thanks for your comment - which is not stupid at all. The short answer is yes, but I’m not exactly sure how I am going to show that on the template... Jess did say that I could dissect his headliner, but I’m not going to do that. I think I will just have to end up using material or string to work out how much excess to allow. Thanks again!
  13. Thanks to the kindness of Jess (Jessopia74), who sent me his coupe headliner, today I was able to make a small start on this project. Using a large cardboard box (I thought that cardboard would be more stable over a longer period), I placed the headliner over it: Then using my dress making pins, I pinned the headliner to the cardboard at regular intervals. You can see the small, round coloured heads in this photo: Then I marked out the various holes for the interior light, sun visors, grab handle etc: Then finally I simply drew around the headliner to get the overall shape and sizes onto the cardboard. As you will see, I made various notes as I went, for example marking the positions of the seams: Thankfully, it all looks quite symmetrical, so it should be OK. I can now get this all measured up and look at ordering some materials. I will still probably add another 20 mm or so all round to allow for any possible errors etc, just to be on the safe side. Naturally, it will be easy to cut off whats not needed, but not the reverse! Note! As Jess's car had a sunroof, I took the opportunity to mark this on my template as well. By the way, my intention is to make this template available to anyone that wants it - either in some kind of electronic format (although I don't know what or how at this point ), or simply by loaning it out to people to use for the same purpose. Have a nice day everyone.
  14. Thanks to the kindness of Jess (Jessopia74), who sent me his coupe headliner, today I was able to make a small start on this project. Using a large cardboard box (I thought that cardboard would be more stable over a longer period), I placed the headliner over it: Then using my dress making pins, I pinned the headliner to the cardboard at regular intervals. You can see the small, round coloured heads in this photo: Then I marked out the various holes for the interior light, sun visors, grab handle etc: Then finally I simply drew around the headliner to get the overall shape and sizes onto the cardboard. As you will see, I made various notes as I went, for example marking the positions of the seams: Thankfully, it all looks quite symmetrical, so it should be OK. I can now get this all measured up and look at ordering some materials. I will still probably add another 20 mm or so all round to allow for any possible errors etc, just to be on the safe side. Naturally, it will be easy to cut off whats not needed, but not the reverse! Note! As Jess's car had a sunroof, I took the opportunity to mark this on my template as well. By the way, my intention is to make this template available to anyone that wants it - either in some kind of electronic format (although I don't know what or how at this point ), or simply by loaning it out to people to use for the same purpose. After all, its things like this that owners clubs are for... I hope that this template might help somebody else in the future.
  15. There is also a couple on eBay at the moment - search for Vauxhall Rostyle.
  16. Yep, they arrived today and you are absolutely right. I will be writing a message to the Seller shortly lol
  17. Coincidentally, I have just ordered two new rear wheel bearings for my '79 Cavalier Coupe. I ordered these on the assumption that they will fit... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-VECTRA-A-MANTA-B-REAR-WHEEL-BEARING-1975-1995-BRAND-NEW/131718860160?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Not looking forward to fitting them from some of the things I have seen and read. I ordered them for similar reasons to you Jamie (sounding rough at the back).
  18. Well that sounds brilliant, sincere thanks. I would then be happy to make a plan/drawing of it in case anyone else also fancies having a go in the future. After all, its thing like this that owners clubs are for right? I will drop you a PM with my address mate. There is absolutely no rush Jess, anytime over the next few weeks is fine. Thanks again!
  19. Do you mean already removed from the car Jess?
  20. Yes I could do that, but it’s in a bit of a state already and I was hoping to have a new one ready to go straight in. Oh well, let’s see what happens I guess.
  21. Thanks guys, much appreciated. Yes I know I can buy one, for not a great deal of money. But I also know that with my sewing machine and the skills I acquired while making the seat covers, I can make one for a fraction of the price. Plus I like the satisfaction of knowing that I did it myself...
  22. There is quite a few different colours of stretch carpet available, look it up on EBay.
  23. Hi all, Just as the title really. I want to have a go at making my own the replace the sagging, ripped, discoloured mes that is there at the moment. I appreciated that I could use what is left of the old one when I remove it, but its so delicate that its going to be tricky to do that. Plus by making the replacement in advance, I can remove the old and refit the new over a shorter period of time - hopefully anyway... Thanks in advance folks.
  24. Today I summoned up enough courage to venture out into the freezing, baron wilderness that is our garage at the moment.. I promised myself that I wouldn't go back indoors until the glove box was lined with stretch carpet and the inside of the door was reattached. Rater than trying to form four sides from one piece of flat carpet, I decided to do each side, then the back face and bottom/floor in a single piece. As usual, start by cutting out your material: Then back at the car, spray both surfaces with yopur upholstery adhesive of choice and leave it for a few minutes to start to dry a bit: Then work your way around the glove box adding a bit of carpet at a time: After snapping the inside of the door back in place, you should end up with something like this: I noticed after I had taken my phone indoors that there was some spray adhesive to clean off and one small area on the front right of the base to add some more adhesive to as it looks like it lifted slightly as I was trimming it. So those things were done without photographic evidence I am afraid. Perhaps that might give someone else an idea or two, it should certainly quieten down anything in the glove box if it decides to start moving around while driving. Small things I know, but it was damn cold our there!
  25. I wonder why somebody chose that particular engine to retrofit in your Riley? - interesting though... Got any photos of your car you can post for us, would just be nice to see it. Regardless, its a great story - good luck with the planning and the run itself when you eventually get out there.
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