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mxp01

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Gentlemen:

I'm in the process of having a factory hard top restored for a Bugeye. I'm in need of a bit of assistance, if you can provide it:

- Can someone provide some photos of the inside section, near where the doors open, to illustrate how the top is secured? Also, any photos from around the window profiles.

- Does anyone know where I can purchase the weather strip that goes between the windshield and the hardtop?

- Does anyone have available for sale the attaching hardware for attaching the top behind the doors (where the soft top frame usually goes)?

Thanks,

Mike Pennell
Basrah, Iraq
 

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Mike,

Try Bugeye Guy,com. I was on his site and he seems to have all of the hardtop parts and pieces including Lexan Windows. New front windshield brackets as well.

Several other sources.

https://www.scparts.co.uk/index/lan...=clickable_vertikal.tpl&artikeldetailtop=-500

https://www.spridgetguru.com/AKD3514/AKD3514BL.pdf

Some parts are available from moss europe.
https://www.moss-europe.co.uk/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=1677

Good luck, I will eventually restore my BE Hardtop but need to complete rotisserie work long before I get to the hardtop.
 

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This also depends on the version of the top you are working with.
 
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mxp01

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Gentlemen:

Thanks for the info. It is all very helpful.

To my knowledge, I am working with a factory hard top with a glass rear window. That's about all I know right now.

Is it possible that someone can tell me what Part #8 in this image is? And, what does it do?
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I think #8 is a mirror image to #9
 
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BTW #17 is a clip to hold the weatherstrip.
 
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mxp01

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Thanks, Trevor.

Have you, or anyone else, tried this 3D printing? That might be the answer to my problem.

Mike Pennell
 
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3D printing is not what you need.
Simplest solution is to find some used ones.
Beyond that, you need a sample set and have a decorative iron work place make some for you.
 

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And I thought 17 was owner applied! I think I would contact a fore mentioned "Bugeye guy" to see what he has. If anyone has the fancy wing nut I could use one!

Kurt.
 
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Gentlemen:

To begin: I'm not sure what the Middle East has against the British Car Forum, but I was recently in Amman, then Baghdad, and am down in Basrah and no of the local internet service providers will allow me to access this site. I can only connect from my office (so I wil make this very brief).

I am looking to fabricate parts #8 & 9 in the illustration above. Does anyone have a way they can assist me with this? (i.e. - Providing a spare that I can return? Having the measurements they could share? A detailed drawing?

Nothing would have to come to me in Iraq, I could simply direct it to the restoration shop in Tennessee.

Please let me know,

Mike Pennell
 

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I could make a sketch of each and send you a PDF file and pictures. My top is off the car now. It would have wait till the weekend as my work days are pretty long this week.
paul
 

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Fabricate? There's got to be some around...

Since it's not easy to make calls etc from where you are, I'll do what I can to help you find some - if you want.
 
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Paul & Steve:

Thank you for your kind offers of assistance!

I am happy to pursue both courses of action (attempting to locate some still available, but pursuing the fabrication option as an alternative). Please let me know how I can be of assistance.

Thanks again,

Mike Pennell
 

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Mike
i think I would have to get an engineer to sketch these. It is essentially angle iron. But it has been bent and trimmed in multiple curves.
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I need some help how to sketch these things out to give a machinist the ability to fabricate them.
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My update is this:

Called BugeyeGuy. Left message, call not returned.
Checked with the two major parts hoards I know about and came up with nothing at one and no reply from the other.
Asked a local friend with contacts. He had nothing.
I see on AH Spares that they don't list the part, but I wonder if that really means they don't cary it. They supply shells, windows, clamps etc. I think you should call them directly and ask.

I'm still thinking about where else I can go, sorry I found nothing so far.
 

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Steve,

How about Ashley Hilton / Hinton in the UK. I know he's on Facebook and seems to be intrigued in making some of these obscure parts.
 

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My update is this

I'm still thinking about where else I can go, sorry I found nothing so far.

I seem to remember one source also. How about Frogeye Spares in the UK?
Paul
 
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Gentlemen:

Thanks for all of your help. I'll try contacting the two new contacts you mentioned above. In the meantime, I sent the photos to the guy doing the restoration. I'm hoping to hear back from him to determine if they will do the trick. Personally, I saw the photos as an excellent resource and he should, likely, be able to fabricate a replacement.

I, too, tried Bugeye Guy, but he didn't have anything. Also, I tried a number of other BE suppliers in the US and UK, but had no luck.

Thanks so much. This has been extremely helpful.

Mike Pennell
 
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