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door conduit

PostPost by: bill griffiths » Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:42 am

Any suggestions as to a conduit to contain the wires to the electric windows (and whatever else, but mine is a simple early Plus 2!) from the area of the door hinge across to the internals of the door?

Perhaps as simple as a short length of rubber pipe, but it must tolerate a variety of indignities!
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Jul 02, 2020 2:54 pm

I had the correct fitment , but in the Moggie , use a short length of garden hose...

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split pin/self-tapper as retainer/pivot , sprayed to a colour of your choice

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PostPost by: Bud English » Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:10 pm

Not sure about the early cars, but the later cars have a short piece if steel tubing with a flange on one end that mounts to the body and extends through the larger hole in the door. They would be pretty easy to make. I can get you some photos and dimensions if you like. I know just what box they are in. :(
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PostPost by: Lotusian » Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:08 pm

Mine is chassis 0418 and has the tubes as described by Bud English
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PostPost by: bill griffiths » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:39 pm

Thanks for your help, and Bud would you send a photo and dimensions please whenever convenient.
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:34 am

same metal, body colour, tube on my 68 +2.
pushed through a hole from the inside and held in by 2 self tappers. 3" long by 1/2" od. with a flange at the dash end.
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PostPost by: Gazzerb » Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:26 am

Bill
To add to the previous posts, pictures of the tubes from my later Plus 2 but I don't believed they changed.

The flange is 1 1/2" diameter with two holes on 1" pcd for 1/2" x 6 pozi pan self tappers. Thickness about 0.030" /22 gauge/0.80mm. Tube 3" long x 1/2" OD x 0.425" id.

Hope this helps!

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PostPost by: Gazzerb » Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:30 am

Bill

Sorry the photos insist on being inverted - nothing to do with your location, honest!! :lol:

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PostPost by: Bud English » Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:55 pm

There you go. Beat me to it. The only thing I'd add is that on my '70 car the flange is about an inch in diameter, has three screw holes, and isn't so nicely plated. :D

Like stated above, it mounts from inside the car and the screws go into an inner panel of fiberglass and don't protrude into the door opening. Mine didn't have any sort of sealant where it passes through the fiberglass to the outside but it might not be a bad idea if done cleanly. Because the flange doesn't mount against the outer layer of the body, a gasket won't work.
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PostPost by: bill griffiths » Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:35 pm

Thanks all for all your trouble!
Inching ever closer to again having the joy of driving a Pus 2.
Attaching window relays to a piece of ply glued above the top hinge recess ( space behind dash all occupied!!) when I realised I needed to install conduit before imminent fixing of carpet.
And Gary, did you know that down here the spray from the windscreen washers rotates anti clockwise?
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