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14th August 2010
By Philip Roper
I am currently restoring a 1600M (last one made - 1979/80)
and am in the process of repairing the bodywork. The bonnet frame was
rotten and therefore I purchased a new one from David Gerald's and have
had it powder coated.... however I now need to attached it to the bonnet.
Currently the body is off the car and being prepared to go to the paint
shop (along with the bonnet), so I can't put the bonnet onto the car to
measure where it needs to go.... should I therefore wait to put the frame
onto the bonnet once it has been painted or can I put the frame onto the
bonnet before painting, without having to put the body back onto the chassis?
Is there a preferred method for aligning the bonnet frame?
I thought that was going to be the answer. I assume it
is just a cast of tape the bonnet in the correct position with a consistent
shut line, attach the bonnet frame to the chassis and then bond it to
the bonnet in the right position..... or is there a more elegant way of
slight variations with each bonnet and bodyshell, plus the fact the
frame will almost certainly be slightly different you will have to fit
it to the bonnet once it's back from the bodyshop.
Yes that's basically it - although keeping everything in place while
you bond them together is not too easy as access is limited when fitted
to the car. You'll probably have to bond a couple of areas, then remove
the bonnet and bond the rest. The shut lines are the most important,
even my car has a good 3/4" gap which is not the best, and that
was using the original frame after restoring it (think it was always
like that even before removing though).
22nd March 2010
|I am in California and in need of a new windscreen for my TVR Grantura III. I would like it clear with no shade band at the top. I also need a rear windscreen again clear no shade or tint. What would be the cost including shipping to Southern California?||I'm
not a stockist of TVR parts yet, but am considering stocking some parts
very soon now. However selling to the USA seems to have some sort of insurance
issue in terms of indemnity etc, and as such it makes it difficult to sell
parts from the UK. In fact I struggle to buy parts from the USA and only
recently have been able to get Nissan parts thru ebay.
I have however shipped some body panels to New York state in the last year so I do have some idea of cost. Glass items cannot be covered by damage insurance thru Fedex/DHL etc I seem to remember, and cost for shipping alone would be something in the region of US$700-$1000 due to weight & volumetric weight, so is not cheap by any means. The rear screens are expensive for the M series cars - £1500 GBP so about US$2000 I think, not sure about the Grantura glass though. I can contact a glass supplier who makes new screens for the M Series cars if you like and see whether they can make (or stock) glass for your car. Give me a few days & I'll get back to you!
9th December 2009
|(Where can I get) rubber trim for the front wheel arches ?? Another question what vehicle did the Door seals come from ??||
The door seals - no idea on the original supplier as yet but a company called Woolies (see my links page) can supply them in an almost identical profile - see side seals page - http://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/c-37-side-seals.aspx
Reckon they will stock suitable beading for the wheelarches also.
26th August 2008
By Jon Beckett
|Can you advise if anyone still fabricates 3000S hard tops - looking for a lightweight top for 3000S race car...when did hard tops first become available for the 3000S TVR?||The only place worth contacting would be David Gerald - www.davidgeraltvr.com as I know they have made some in batches - see this link for photos & a bit of info: http://www.tvrna.com/ww22pix.htm|
11th February 2008
By James Collier
|I was wondering if you know where I can get those small "3000" and "M" badges from which some 3000M's have fitted either side of the number plate?? When I fitted the ozzy plates I was left with a couple of holes from the uk plates, which can be seen as the ozzy plates are smaller than the uk ones. I thought these badges might be a good way to cover the holes and still be in keeping.||I know the badges you mean, haven't seen all that many - think they were a TVR Car Club thing over here in the 80's & 90's. You could try emailing the TVR Car Club UK, or, try www.davidgeraldtvr.com who I know used to stock the regalia products from the TVR Car Club. It may well be they still keep some of these. If you get any luck, please let me know.|
2nd February 2008
By Bob Weiland
have a windscreen issue that is troubling me. I read your notes on windscreens,
changing seals etc. My windscreen is milky in the lower corners. It seems
to spread somewhat when I am underway particularly when it is raining. It
is quite annoying but it is not so bad as to be a safety hazard. I do not
know much about this kind of problem. I have never seen it in any of the
many cars I have owned including my 72 Stag MK 1.
My questions are these:
Is this a
TVR problem ? Could you venture an opinion on what my options are for
sounds like your windscreen is de-laminating. The screen is 2 layers of
thin glass with the plastic membrane in the centre, and after a few years
(especially on older 80's & 70's screens) can have water ingress in
the corners/edges. A lot of the time it can be due to prolonged water in
the screen rubber, ice etc etc, but sometimes just from poor quality manufacture.
The only real option is to replace it, once it gets so bad it fails the MOT (in the uk that's the yearly safety check to enable the owner to re-tax and insure their car). Not sure about your car safety check rules but imagine it would be similar. The reason for failure is normally stated as deterioration of the windscreen, but sometimes comes under impaired forward vision - cracks over 10mm diameter in certain areas of the screen will also be a fail over here, so it's pretty strict.
You should see the link on my site to the windscreen supplier who recently ran a batch of new laminated, and also heated windscreens - it may be worth considering a replacement longer term, or should your car fail its safety test. Otherwise I think the screen came from the Ford Zephyr originally, although most of those (if not all) were toughened as they were 1960's vintage.
7th June 2007
By Jim Vogel
would like to remove the vinyl top on my 2500M, and have heard varying
information on how to do it and what to expect as far as the condition
of the fiberglass underneath. Can you educate me on how to remove the
vinyl,if the surface underneath is finished or not, and what to do about
it if it isn't? I have been doing bodywork for many years, but have never
worked on a fiberglass car before.
Follow up by Jim on 8th June 2007
very much for the information! At some point I'm going to do a body off
frame restoration on this car, and that's when the roof will get removed,
so hopefully it will be a little easier as I plan to remove everything
else anyway. My primary concern is the condition of the fiberglass under
the vinyl. I don't know that much about fiberglass, but some people have
told me that the fiberglass under the vinyl may not even be finished and
will have strands sticking out of it. I have no problem with removing
adhesive, filling small holes, and painting, but is what I've been told
true, that the roof will need much more work than that? Some have told
Follow up by Jim on 8th June 2007
so much, Mark! I've been trying to find information on this for a while
and haven't had any luck. I was having a hard time believing nobody had
removed a vinyl top on one of these cars, so it was a little frustrating.
vinyl top is normally held in place using glue and aluminium trim strips
along the lower edges on the rear quarter panels, and is also fixed under
the gutter/drip rails that surround the door apertures, and sunroof frame
(if sunroof fitted), plus windscreen and rear screens & rubbers.
Follow up by M-Fix on 8th June 2007
roof on my 3000M was pretty smooth really - a few areas needed filling
as the gelcoat had pinholes from the original moulding process (and these
were not filled as the roof was to be covered with the vinyl). I doubt
there will be too much of a problem - perhaps some people have done this
and had some, but my thought is that perhaps they didn't remove the glue
from the gelcoat properly - this at first appears like the gelcoat isn't
thick enough (hence the strands) - but it should come off with a but of
panel wipe solvent (see tools section in bodywork for info on this).
Follow up by M-Fix on 10th June 2007
use this for fine filling:
A 2K High
Viscosity Polyester Putty
UPOL B strand filler for any larger imperfections:
body filler reinforced with glass-fibre strands.
Forms a strong,
UPOL's main website:
30th May 2007
By Fam Christians
|Where can i find the TVR badge on
||The TVR bonnet badge can be bought from David Gerald Sportscars Ltd - http://www.davidgeraldtvr.com/|
9th May 2007
By Dag Brækken
|Do You by any chance know what the opening in the roof should be to fit a original sliding sunroof ?||Not
100% as the frame needs to be removed, but just measuring the approximate
size gave the following sizes:
30" x 17.5" (762mm x 444mm) approximately!
7th May 2007
By Ian Millward
|On the Taimar, from what vehicle did the exterior door handles come from? Mine are the later one's with the key in the chrome handle.||
As far as
I am aware, this handle comes from a Mk3 Ford Cortina - looks
9th January 2007
By Mark Arrowsmith
|I am planning on repainting the black
under the bonnet area of my 3000m. Can you suggest a good paint type and
preparation for this area given its mostly fibreglass, obviously finish
is not important.
I have yet to do the same task to do on the car, and was thinking of using the spray on "stonechip" protective undercoat. This is a thick air drying paint which is applied using a (cheap) undersealing spray gun, however you will need a small compressor to power this. Have a look on the website under Bodywork, Tools and Materials Required. Most car body paint suppliers will stock the gun, and most have a selection of makes of the stonechip protection (which is overpaintable with cellulose or two pack). There are a few manufacturers of this paint and I personally prefer the Upol Gravitex type, which dries to a Matt finish and gives a great finish as long as the container is shaken well. It comes in Black, Grey and White - here is a link so you can see what the container looks like http://www.bodyshopwarehouse.co.uk/meta/14.htm - the bottle simply screws onto the underseal air gun. Spray it on evenly and not too heavily - you should get a nice "orange peel" effect without runs if done correctly.
20th October 2006
|Just wondering what glass sunroof was specced on the Taimar, please? Do you have any ideas of which may fit my fabric sunroof aperture or would I have to reduce the aperture in size? I was looking for Britax pop up roofs in the local scrapper!||
Thanks for your email. I'm afraid I don't know the make of the sunroof glass - but am trying to find out for your so please bear with me!
If anything I would imagine the fabric roof aperture is larger as it is pretty wide/deep.
Will get back to you as soon as I find out.
Does anyone out there know the answer to this??
on 24th August 2007
5th September 2006
By Neil Coalter
I was looking for some guidance on how to go about fixing the body of my TVR as I have read so many conflicting articles on working with fibreglass and your website offers a "breathe of fresh air".
From the site I see that there are articles pending on cracked gel coat & damage repairs, my car is in a very poor state with major gel coat crazing and the drivers side sill is badly damaged.
I have read articles which say to cut the crack out and then cut slots at 90 degrees to the crack given a "Frankenstein scar" These are then filled, sanded and primed - Is this a good method? Can you suggest a better way to treat cracks?
I believe the Sill is beyond repair and the best way would be to purchase a replacement and fit it. Can you suggest how to carry out this work?
you mention, the best way to repair gel coat crack is by grinding them out
and filling with a fibreglass loaded resin. There is an article on this
already (which you may have already looked at) under Bodywork, Cracked Fibreglass
& Paint repair.
As for the sill replacement, once you have the replacement panel you will need to decide where the new panel is trimmed off, and where the bodyshell's original sill will be cut out. Carefully cutting out the original sill can be done until the new sill fits in properly without any overlaps. However depending on the replacement sill's origin, it may be that it is thinner than the original panel, or has a feathered edging so that it can be laid over the original bodyshell at the extremities.
Once you are happy with the fit and everything lines up, next will be the laying up of new fibreglass on the bodyshell, but inside the original panels. This should be at least 2" wide so that 1" is bonded to the bodyshell, the other half to the inside of the new sill panel. The difficult part is getting these pieces to harden so that the material is straight. It's best to let the pieces harden while on the bodyshell, supervise and straighten any that move during hardening. When cured you should have a surface for the new sill to sit on. Test fit the new sill and cut/alter any parts of the new strips that prevent a flush fit. Now apply resin to the inside of the sill panel, and also onto the strips, then fit the new sill applying pressure to make sure as much of the area has bonded as possible. Finally fill the gapp all the way round with fibreglass loaded resin.
I hope that makes sense - I haven't yet got round to finishing that section but that is (roughly) how I would tackle fitting a new sill panel. I will amend & update the website on this subject as soon as I can.
31st July 2006
By Kurt Schleier
|I have a sort of technical question, I have been thinking of buying a tvr 3000M to make it a sort of track day and classic racer. I have been looking for parts to tune up the engine which surprisingly are very cheap and easy to obtain so that's not a big problem but what is a problem is the essential roll cage. I have this split car diagram but I can't really make out where I could weld the rollcage to the chassis due to the glassfibre body. Is the glassfibre floor connected to the outer body because then it would be kind of immpossible to do something like that. Now hope you, with your experience and espertise with these cars can help me out with this.||You
can fit a roll cage, however you will have to modify the body shell to allow
the tubes to go through it and attach to the chassis. Points to attach it
could be behind the seats on the top square bars surrounding the differential,
at the front of each door, and also the rollcage tube behind the dashboard
should have a vertical bar attached to the top front-to-back chassis tubes
that go around the gearbox/propshaft. I am hoping to fabricate one of these
myself, and if successful may make them to order (no idea when this will
11th May 2006
By Jeff Roth
|If I want to improve the appearence of the hood line where it matches the fender line (to make them parallel) do I adjust the nose up or down at that threaded pivot bolt at the front of the chassis?||You
should lower the pivot bolts to lower the front. Howevr due to their angle,
this will also tend to move the whole bonnet back towards the windscreen
panel. This may mean it's too close already to move back further, so it
will just be a case of sliding the pivot bolts forward (in the slots in
the chassis) to allow for this. If you haven't already seen it, take a look
at the bonnet quick release section on the website.
7th September 2005
By Paul Millward
|I've been browsing through your website and have noticed that you have stainless steel bumpers fitted on all four corners of your car. I wonder if you could tell me where you obtained them? My Taimar currently has two stainless bumpers on the front and two rubber ones on the rear so I'd like to get a pair of stainless bumpers to make up a complete set. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a supplier (other than David Gerald with a cost of £1200 for a set of four).||They
are in fact chromed mild steel Triumph 2000 bumpers with the corners cut
off! That's why the ends are open, and they will need to be welded with
steel caps then re-chromed. I think you need rear ones though......they
are used front & back on the TVR but you would need to check that.
David Gerald are the only people I know that do the stainless ones at the moment.
20th May 2005
By Jim Mackay
wonder if you can give me any information on the colour of the M series
the top of your home page. My recently acquired M needs a couple of 'touch
ups' until I get around to a full paint job and I've no idea if the 'orange'
colour is available in aerosol or brush format in Halfords, etc.
the orange is a colour I chose - the car used to be red!
13th November 2004
|What are the options when replacing a windscreen on a 3000m. Are there any modern screens that fit i.e. a heated one? Someone told me that a Ford mondeo screen would fit?||As
far as I know you can only have clear or tinted, and older screens are often
toughened - whereas all new screens are laminated for safety.
Heated screen will probably never be made unless someone orders a batch of them specially! See below for donor vehicle TVR used for the screen.
15th July 2004
'73 2500M is in desperate need of a new windscreen. Do You know from
where it is sourced ? Maybe Ford Cortinas ?
The windscreen is off the Ford Consul from the 1960's - see photo here:
3rd June 2004
by Kathryn Todd
you tell me who manufacturers the TVR colour Crystal Verdi. Is this colour
unique to TVR? If I wanted to purchase a litre of this paint where could
I get it from and would you know how much it would be.
I think that
colour is TVR only - and possibly hard to source from some paint suppliers.
Your best bet is to contact your local good quality bodyshop and they
all have their own mixing kit - take the car to them & they can match
the colour for you. It may be possible a few variants for your colour
exist - so taking the car is important!
|The drivers side door hinges are worn on my 3000M. Have you any tips on removal and re-fitting as I have been told this is a nightmare job?||The
hinges are fiddly to remove from the car's body at the "a" post
- but normally to remove them you take off the internal door cover first
and unbolt the doors from the hinges, that then leaves you enough room to
take off the hinges. One bolt goes through into the engine compartment (on
the top hinge)!
Once off, the hinges are a chunky alloy with the pin pressed into them. I have yet to do the hinges but i think they will need sleeving, as i suspect the alloy may be worn away. However, soft metal against hard metal usually results in most wear occurring in the hard metal (believe it or not!), so i may be lucky. Once restored, refitting is a simple case of fitting the hinges to the body, then the doors to the hinges. Adjustment is however rather a painstaking task, a loosening the bolts and trial & error process. Tape on some thin but sturdy foam to the door step and door base to prevent the all too easy paint damage (if the door drops & hits the soor step). The strike plate will also need moving about until the door shuts correctly at the back.
I find that the alloy window frames are never the same shape, so be prepared for some really annoying gaps on those. I intend to remake them from scratch so they fit the bodyshell correctly - to stop the annoying water leaks & wind noise!
by Mike Garcia
am searching for a modified hinge for my 1979 Taimar. I recall seeing one
made in a news letter & can not locate. sent a message to David Gerald
& they do not have them.. Curious to know if you know where I can get
The modified hinge allows the hood to open up & out further.
has just forwarded this photo - hopefully gives you an idea of the mod.
you asked about: