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401/403 Rear window wood frame.

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Old 26-09-17, 10:16 PM
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Default 401/403 Rear window wood frame.

I have seen a few good ideas over the years on how to replace the rear window wood frame on a 401 or 403, sadly I only had the foresight to buy one when they were readily available from Bristol Cars and while I still have it I now find myself in a position of needing three.
Is there anyone reproducing these or is anyone holding new old stock, I am too old , lazy and impatient now to follow some of the DIY solutions, though if push comes to shove I have an idea in mind which does not involve wood.
Geoff.
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Old 27-09-17, 10:10 AM
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If you cannot get any, build the one you have, fill in all the joints, wax it and make a glass fibre mould. You can the make as many as you want! You can mix resin with sawdust to make it more aesthetic.
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Old 27-09-17, 05:41 PM
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David,
That is an interesting option, initially I thought of cutting out the window surround from an old roof panel and using it to build up a laminated wood frame even better if I can persuade a member of the family who is a keen woodworker to do it for me.
I remember some years back seeing someone doing essentially the same job on their boat using some old rubber belting they had got from somewhere, cut to shape and built up in two or three layers, once bonded and screwed into place it proved a very effective support and seal to the glass and inner trim.
This was what I had in mind trying as an alternative to a wood frame if push comes to shove.
Geoff.
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Old 13-10-17, 11:27 PM
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A local trimmer who has done quite a bit of work for me has taken the original laminated frame I had purchased from Bristol's about 40 years ago and is going to make a jig to reproduce them. As made originally they are slightly oversize but as the steel surround may differ we will see how we get on with the first ones made out of the jig Dave intends to make.
I have ordered three for my own use and if all goes well Dave will be able to take orders on demand sometime in the New Year from any 401 or 403 owner who needs one, I will post further details but please be aware that these will be an exact replica of the frame supplied by Bristol Cars so may need some trimming to fit. When we tried the original frame in one of my 401's it would have needed the removal of one layer of lamination to fit properly.
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