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Sprint sun visors

PostPost by: NTG999 » Fri Dec 08, 2023 7:29 am

I appreciate this has been discussed before, but not for a while. It appears the foam inside my visors has disintegrated and they are now mis-shaped. I see that new replacements can be purchased but I was watching a car programme on TV (Wheeler Dealers or equivalent) and they took some visors for refurbishment, I can't remember which programme and now can't find it. Does anyone know a company who can refurb as original in the UK?
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PostPost by: elans3 » Fri Dec 08, 2023 9:08 am

Any good trimmer would be able to re-foam and re-cover for you. Just obtain the name of an Auto Trimmer local to yourself. They're easy to do.
A few years ago a lady that worked for me (who had a sewing machine), did exactly the same job on a pair of MGA Coupe visors., Better than new.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:47 am

It was probably Aldridge Trimming you saw on the TV program. Type 'sun visor' into the search on their website....

https://www.aldridge.co.uk/
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PostPost by: 512BB » Fri Dec 08, 2023 3:40 pm

As I understand it, sun visors are / were seam welded, not stitched, so your average trimmer will not be able to help if you want them as per original. In fact, I do not think anyone would be able to repair them as per original, but happy to be corrected. That is why it has taken until very recently for someone, well, we all know who, to get them reproduced. If it was an easy task, they would have been remade years ago.

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PostPost by: NTG999 » Fri Dec 08, 2023 3:49 pm

Thanks for the replies, I was hoping for the (cheap) plastic seam welded look as original. I think mine might be going back on for the time being
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Fri Dec 08, 2023 3:55 pm

Aldridge can do the seam welding. Worth giving them a call....

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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Dec 08, 2023 4:32 pm

I repaired my own by careful cutting and re gluing the seem at the hinge end. Can be seen if looking but not noticeable in day to day use. (Much less annoying that the rattle one of the frame had and the crunch feeling anytime you touched them.)
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri Dec 08, 2023 4:53 pm

Martrim also seam weld plastics.
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PostPost by: englishmaninwales » Fri Dec 08, 2023 8:42 pm

512BB wrote:As I understand it, sun visors are / were seam welded, not stitched, so your average trimmer will not be able to help if you want them as per original. In fact, I do not think anyone would be able to repair them as per original, but happy to be corrected. That is why it has taken until very recently for someone, well, we all know who, to get them reproduced. If it was an easy task, they would have been remade years ago.

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I need to get mine refurbished or replaced. Not sure about the cloak and dagger stuff Leslie :D , but any chance you would post up who supplies the reproduction sun visors (or send me a PM).
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Dec 08, 2023 9:12 pm

Vince Haydon is re-manufacturing them & sells them on eBay... this link https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/195680458326?hash=item2d8f76d656:g:dxAAAOSwWYRkIKPH is for Europa visors, but contact him direct for Elan ones.
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PostPost by: Steve Brooks » Sat Dec 09, 2023 9:07 am

Hello, it may be worth looking at Suzuki samurai sun visors on eBay, cheap enough for a modification?
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PostPost by: JonB » Sat Dec 09, 2023 1:51 pm

They look feasible.. what are their dimensions (and the S4/Sprint ones)?

Who’s going to be the first to try?
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Sat Dec 09, 2023 3:34 pm

JonB wrote:They look feasible.. what are their dimensions (and the S4/Sprint ones)?

Who’s going to be the first to try?


My S4 visors are 15.1/2" x 4.1/2". According to one Ebay listing the Suzuki's are 15" x 5".
Perhaps a little too deep if you're very tall, or perfect if you're a shorta**e :D
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PostPost by: JonB » Sat Dec 09, 2023 5:00 pm

Are the s4 visors flat, or do they curve by the A pillars?
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PostPost by: smo17003 » Sat Dec 09, 2023 8:05 pm

JonB wrote:Are the s4 visors flat, or do they curve by the A pillars?


The (late '68) S4 visors are flat. I had only measured one of the visors. I've just measured the other and it is very slightly shorter at 15".
The visors in my '67 S3 FHC are both 15" x 4.1/2". and one has an oval vanity mirror. No mirror on the S4 visors.
Both types are in the confetti vinyl.

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