Lotus Elan

Zigzag clips

PostPost by: l10tus » Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:36 pm

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Can anybody advise where to obtain the metal crimp clips used to attach the spring zigzags in an Elan seat frame?

In the UK.

Thanks in anticipation,
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PostPost by: Elan45 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:16 pm

They are called hog rings here in the US. I used to buy them from JC Whitney Co. I'm sure some of the vintage upholstery shops in UK should have them, if you knew what they are called. There are also spacial pliers for crimping them.

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PostPost by: lotusfan » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:22 pm

Woolies sell hog rings and pliers, they are not zigzag though.

Is this what you need?

https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/product/search?term=hog
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PostPost by: l10tus » Thu Oct 31, 2019 5:44 pm

Thanks for the reply.

No, its not hogrings (same name in UK) - although they are used on the seats, these are wider metal clips, used to actually hold the zigzag surpentine wires together in the seat and backrest webing structure.

I've a photo but having trouble uploading it at the mo!
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PostPost by: Craven » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:13 pm

I was unable to find the correct size in the UK, I think they must be very difficult find elsewhere as someone on this site had a batch made in stainless steel and offered his surplus here.
I?ve had a look but can?t find the post.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:29 pm

Try searching for "border wire clips"

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PostPost by: Craven » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:38 pm

Quick note, the part no on box, these are wrong size for the job too large. They were the only ones I could find in the UK and had to use packing to allow them to grip, pita not recommended.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:05 pm

Craven wrote:I was unable to find the correct size in the UK, I think they must be very difficult find elsewhere as someone on this site had a batch made in stainless steel and offered his surplus here.
I?ve had a look but can?t find the post.


Is this the post ? ....viewtopic.php?t=39092&p=271006
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:11 pm

Why no ask Greg40Green he had seats made from scratch, what did he use?
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PostPost by: Craven » Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:44 pm

Well done that?s the one, I had already done my seat so came up too late.
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PostPost by: l10tus » Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:23 pm

Thanks for the suggestions and great help Gents.

I searched Border Wire Clips and found just the thing.

J. A. Milton Upholstry Supplies have very close copies of the original - so I ordered from them.

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