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wasiliew
November 16, 2005, 1:39pm Report to Moderator

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Hello everyone, my name is Paul and I'm from Poland. I'm the owner of Triumph Herald 1200 convertible 1965'. You can see photos of my car here: http://www.cardomain.com/id/wasiliew .
So, I need only one thing and I can't find it enywhere. Once I saw it on UK Ebay but I'can pay for this. I'm looking for hood/roof frame. If anyone can help me, I'll be very happy
Greetings for all Triumph's drivers.



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cliftyhanger
November 17, 2005, 7:18pm Report to Moderator

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I am afraid it is a herald saloon, not convertable. The normal convertable hood and frame will not fit, nor can it be made to fit without massive modification (ie a proper covertable body tub).
A few tears ago a company called TRISTAN made a kit to easily change a saloon into a covertable, but I have not sen any for a long while, and they seem quite sought after.
You may be able to get a tonneau cover made up quite easily to protect the the interior when the roof is off, but not while you are in it!
Sorry I cannot offer more help.......
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i hate to disagree but it is actually possible to modify the saloon tub with the upper sections of a convertable so as to fit a hood and frame, (mainly the rear deck needs modification) without replacing the tub, and in my opinion its not that hard to do i have done this with parts from a very roton convertable and cost me practically nothing but time. depends how anal about origonality you are. as it will be clear to anyone who looks closely that its not an origonal convertable unless as clive says you replace the rear tub. tho it looks from your pic that its a bit modified allready, are those wide arches on the front? modifying the rear is easyer than finding someone with the elusive 'Tristan' kit that theyre willing to part with (we have one on the mrs car and she paid more than she ought to for it in my opinon!) it is a bit more faffing about than replacing the tub, but its certainly cheaper! and you dont have to dsmantle/respray asmuch.


EDIT- found this on the spitfire graveyard site... explains a bit better what i mean..

http://www.spitfireg1.f9.co.uk/15-02-2005/conversion/hardway.htm


1969 Herald 1360 almost in one piece again! wooohoooo
1969 Spitfire Mk3 (in even more bits!)
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OK, yes you can modify the saloon tub (have done it myself a few years ago) but to do a decent job you do need a convertable tub to provide the rear deck/hood well/b post sections etc etc, as well as convertable rear seats/side trims/hoodframe etc.  I was trying to point out that the only easy way is the now defunct Tristan kits ( I am surprised that they do not start making them again, or weer they really just too expensive?) and you cannot just bolt a hood frame on. BTW the spit graveyard article was a bit of a surprise, and I still cannot work out how the rear seat stays in place if the hood folds up behind it. Besides if you are doing that much work, buying a rotten/knackered convertable to provide all the bits would be almost as easy, possibly cheaper and give a better finish.
As to originality, unless a car is really good and original, I have no problems with modifications, especially if it is just using bolt ons ie my vitesse was once a saloon, but I built it as a convertable, TR6 engine, 2.5 saloon gearbox spit 1500 diff. Its just what I wanted, and it gets used, alot! I reckon if you enjoy it, do it!
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