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Triumph TR6 - Where do parts really come form?
|No one may really care but I just ordered and received parts for my old, new to me, hard top from Rimmer Bros. Fair price and quick delivery. The return address was from Sweden not UK. Rubber parts were made in Taiwan. Who would have thought Sweden.|
I care and so do the rest of the guys.
Sweden is quietly booming to anyone who plays with Hotrods or Restoration products. Mostly small companies with superb quality craftsmanship and tradesmen. Something we in North America are losing rapidly.
The sight I enclose URL to. Specializes in 30s Ford roadster bodies out of steel. Anyone who has tried getting a British Heritage fender to fit will apreciate this? Talking to others in the Rod hobby this company considers a 1/16 tolerance acceptable. We can only hope they decide to do Triumphs.
If you order a part or full body in US / Canada. Its a give us a goldcard # and wait. They sell out long before arrival. And the best builders do. The Rods these bodies went onto won all the Gold in the best car shows. But the price is incredably reasonable.
Just for your info.
Thought you might be interested to know that PBR brake products (as sold by The Roadster Factory and probably others) are made in Australia.
Early in the days of my restoration, I was blindly ordering all sorts of things from the 'regular' overseas suppliers, only to find that a few of them were made in Oz and I could have got them at the corner store!! I received a clutch slave cyl rebuild kit and peeled off the 'Product of USA' to find a 'Made in Great Britain' over the top of Manufactured in Australia sticker!!!
'Superpro' polyeurethane products (bushings etc)are also made here then are exported and sold in Europe and the US.
|Sorry Roger, but every PBR product I bought was inferior and did not fit properly, and as a rule will avoid them like the plague. For those wanting to rebuild any hydraulic parts (clutch and brakes) buy those still made by Lucas Girling or AP Lockheed. Incidently talk to any racer (F1 to Cart to Touring Cars), AP is very much involved in braking, competition to Brembo...so they know a thing or two when it comes to this area. While they cost a little more, they are bullet proof, fit properly and the most important part...they work. If you compare side to side the contents of a Master brake cylinder rebuild kit of a Lucas or AP to a PBR it is quite evident the difference in quality of the rubber and parts. Brakes are not an area where you want to skimp on costs, buy the best that made by the original manufacturer.|
While PBR may work well 'down under' this is not the case up here (and my opinion is shared by a couple of other fellow TR enthusiasts that I know). My Lucas Girling (green box) of rubbers is definately "Made in England"
While still on the topic it was interesting to note that my Lucas/Girling box of front rotors was actually made by Brembo in Italy. For those not knowing that name, check out the calipers on some race cars and exotics at the next major car show.
I appreciate your comments and will be wary in future.
I must admit to having a pain in the bulkhead after my clutch master started seeping (out of sight under the rubber boot cover). The unit had been stainless sleeved (of course!) but was rebuilt with PBR seals...........
As a matter of interest and as a result of that leak, I want to replace the Dot 3/4 fluids with silicone. Apart from having to replace the seals, are there any disadvantages? - I'm told that condensation, even though not absorbed by the fluid, can 'pool' at the lowest point of the brake lines.
|Roger--The only disadvantage for road use I see is the cost. BTW, I believe you still need to renew DOT5 silicone fluid every couple of years or so to expel the condensation, so it's not a one time expense. As you indicated, moisture will still get into the hydraulics and it has to be removed to prevent localized corrosion.|
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