Tudor Webasto Sunroof Replacement
Well, I finally managed to get a decent second hand Webasto sunroof to replace the leaking one fitted in my Scimitar and all I had to do was simply fit it....
After a very kind offer from Graham Jackson for a complete sunroof, frame and roof my good friend Barry Hollingsworth drove me to Newmarket in his campervan to collect the roof. The Webasto had been fitted to a car that had been restored, but then was sadly written off after an accident. Although the roof was very dusty due to storage, the sunroof and frame were as good as new!
My plan was to simply swap the complete vinyl top.
My next job was to remove my old sunroof from my car
Once the Webasto top was removed it gave me a chance to further inspect the wooden framework. On closer inspection I realised that the wood was beginning to rot in places where water had got in due to the Webasto roof not sealing properly.
I made the decision to swap the wooden framework from the spare roof.
Then I flipped the roof over to get at the metal bars that secure the frame to the cut out section of the old roll bar. I removed the 4 bolts that fit through the framework and then removed the metal bar from the old roll bar and lifted out the wooden frame.
That bit was all too easy, I just knew it would be a little more challenging to remove the framework from my car!
Once again, due to my old Webasto roof not sealing properly it let in water, which in turn started to rot and warp the wood and turn the screws rusty!
I then tried to gently peel back the roof lining to get access to the metal bars that secure the framework to the old roll bar. I didn't have much success in saving the original roof lining, it was quite brittle in places and tore very easily.
The old roof lining was beyond saving, so I decided to get a local guy to fit me a new one, which meant I had to remove the windows and door seals.
I would like to thank the following people for all their help and support in one way or another:
Mick Gaughran, Graham Jackson, Barry Hollingsworth, Pete the trimmer, Tony Devonport and finally my mum and dad!
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