with the zip on the rear screen in the RV8 soft top
(Oxford Blue RV8 1621) from Switzerland reported a difficulty with the zip around
his rear screen. This note explains how he resolved it together with some comments
from John Barnes (Woodcote Green RV8 0636) in Wellington New Zealand.
I had a difficulty with the zip on the rear window of my
RV8. It became unserviceable and it was no longer possible to close the rear window.
I called the V8 Registrar to see if there were any ideas on repairs or fitting
a new zip, or whether any member had faced this problem before and how was it
solved? My initial contacts with local hood repair specialists in Switzerland
were disappointing - their answers were either that it would be necessary to fix
the rear window so it could not be opened and consequently the hood could not
be dropped, or I would have to install a new hood!! The V8 Registrar replied relaying
information provided by Clive Wheatley indicating that the hood could be repaired
in the UK. Clive Wheatley would be able to arrange that, but the hood would have
to be removed from the car and sent over to England as a parcel with a freight
company (like Fedex or UPS). Clive warned me that, unlike the hoods on the earlier
MGBV8 Roadsters, it was not easy to remove the RV8 hood and considerable care
would be needed. Alternatively I could deliver the car to the hood repair specialist
in England - quite a journey from North East Switzerland!
Well I did some
local research in Switzerland and found several firms specialising in soft tops
for motor cars. The fourth specialist company I contacted made a fantastic and
professional job maintaining the rear window intact and they did not need to remove
the hood from the car. They managed with very good hands and their special tools
to repair the zip by
the very vulnerable piece that brings the two separate parts of the zip together.
The total cost for the repair work was the equivalent of £60.00 which I
was very pleased with.
Now here are my tips for RV8 enthusiasts facing
a similar problem with the zip on their rear window:
make enquiries and seek the opinions of several local car hood specialists or
qualified furniture restorers.
Procedure - try to make sure the
small zip cursor piece can be professionally replaced before you decide it is
necessary to remove the hood from the car.
Hood replacement - it
is definitely not necessary to think about a replacement hood even if you live
a long way from England!
Caution - if you are not familiar with
zip repair technicalities, never try and do the repair yourself as it could become
a very expensive experience!
Finally I was advised to always keep the hood
up whenever the car is parked long term with the window closed. At least once
a year you should lightly lubricate the zip all round with a suitable product.
Also Clive Wheatley advised that RV8 enthusiasts must take care with operating
and maintaining the zips around the rear screen to avoid possible damage.
from John Barnes in New Zealand: Before the zip is zipped down, it is a good
idea to release the front clips holding the hood to the screen which releases
the tension on the hood fabric including the rear window. It should be zipped
right the way down so that when the window is folded over and stored at the rear
of the parcel tray, there is no strain on the zip. When zipping up or down, the
zip should be treated gently.