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July 6, 2017, 7:25am Report to Moderator

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Hi all! Firstly this it my first post on your forum " hiya "
This weekend we bought a wonderfull triumph herald with a smooth running 2L engine and driven it back over 100miles and smiled all the way , the only issue is the roof is ripped on the front corners so the roof stayed down, that's fine as it was hot, a new roof is to be the first thing as we live in the north east of England , the car has had a Tristan roof fitted , I've searched and to my knowledge it's unavailable to get anywhere, I was hoping that one of you's might now a company that could copy the existing roof as a pattern to make a new one,
I'm sure this is the first of many questions I will be asking so keep the thinking caps on and thank you
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July 6, 2017, 7:55am Report to Moderator

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Welcome to the forum! I'm not a Herald expert (some of those will no doubt be along shortly) - is the Tristan roof a custom item or would any "standard" replacement soft-top suit you?
As far as I can see James Paddock list a hood for the Herald (new).
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July 6, 2017, 8:07am Report to Moderator

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Think it is a custom made roof ,  will try and take some pictures of the roof up and down when is decides to stop raining  ( northern weather)
How do we post pictures?????
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July 6, 2017, 8:27am Report to Moderator

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Welcome Chris!

YS: The Tristan was a hooky kludge that replaces a saloon roof to produce a pram-style cabriolet. It's not the same as anything Triumph would have ever done. Some people liked them as a short-cut to convertible motoring in the days when saloons were still more common than convertibles. Other people thought them ugly and naff. A matter of taste.

I doubt there's anyone selling spares for the Tristan kit these days. If it's just the fabric (vinyl) torn in the corners then you might, possibly, find that a general car trimmer could repair it. I strongly suspect "Dave the Trimmer" (who I'm going to take my Spitfire to once it's roadworthy) could, at a price, but he's in Cambridge so not a helpful recommendation.

As to posting pictures, you can either upload them to a hosting site (photobox or the like) and use the image link button, or you can go to "More Post Options" and attach it, having first shrunk it to under the file size limit.

Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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July 6, 2017, 8:36am Report to Moderator

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Thank robpearce, will need a new roof as the windows are transparent as frosted glass , hopefully theres someone who can copy this roof
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Steve P
July 6, 2017, 12:33pm Report to Moderator
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Pictures Here if you want to see one.

Personally i would rather a Saloon with a sunroof but each to his own.

No. of Triumphs owned..2
No. of Triumphs working..2
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July 6, 2017, 12:38pm Report to Moderator

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Yes thats the roof , wonder if they'd swap haha!
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July 6, 2017, 3:17pm Report to Moderator

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Hi Chris, yes Im sure there's places around that will make up a replacement cover. They did one for an ancient 3 wheel Morgan on one of the car shows (Car SOS?) and it had to made from scratch using just the frame and some pictures of the original. Corse they didnt mention a price.....
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July 6, 2017, 6:20pm Report to Moderator
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That was Aldridge trimming in Birmingham i think?
Been in business a long time.

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July 6, 2017, 7:02pm Report to Moderator

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Thanks Steve p and glang, aldridge trimming looks promising as the web site states it can do it, i live near newcastle so its not to far away 200 miles , maby someone might know somewhere closer, keep the post coming👍
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July 6, 2017, 7:30pm Report to Moderator

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Trimdon Upholstery got a recommendation for car and motorcycle seats from a fellow club member in the TYMC.  I don't know if he does roofs.

Trimdon Colliery, TS29 6DL.
01429 881937

I have not used him personally and have no connection with the business.

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