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Dusterbd13-michael
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12/11/23 9:42 a.m.

I get so excited when I see this pop back up. And that is a really pretty blue on the one with the modified door hinges

ViperT4
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12/11/23 1:00 p.m.
Stu Lasswell said:

      First of all, thanks for posting something on my forum page, ViperT4 and Slo_M... almost 2 months since I posted all that update and photos, and I was thinking nobody was bothering to follow the progress!   But really, that suggestion about  modifying the limiting straps in the door pillars is a great idea. I just pulled a door off last week, and was looking at that part, although my hinge hardware looks extremely corroded. I may have to cut them out, although the hinges themselves look pretty good... appear to be aluminum.

    Looking at your gutted door... have you looked into power window lifts?  Very reasonable on Amazon, and my components look very corroded, and don't operate very smoothly, so I'm thinking that might be a solution.  Also, my exterior door handles are pretty pitted, but vintage Cortina handles are rare and pricey. I'm thinking maybe MGB or Spitfire handles could be substituted, or maybe even early Miata if I'm going to be glassing/cutting holes for new hardware. Just wondering if you've seen or heard of anyone doing either of these modifications?

Defintiely following along! I'm just more the silent stalker type personality. I don't have any tips nor have I come across anyone who's done a power window conversion for the M. Maybe try the Facebook groups, specifically the British ones? They seem like they use these cars as hybrid classic/regular transportation moreso than we do over here so I wouldn't be surprised if people have done more modernizing.

On the door handles, I also have not see anyone mention converting to a different style. Looking at different examples, I think the biggest challenge will be finding one where the plunger and lock cylinder are interated in one unit but also just below the rest of the handle, as opposed to in line with the end of the handle which seems to be more common. THough I suppose if you're going to be cutting and glassing like you mention anything is possible.

I did find these on the 'Bay. Not sure how much you're looking to spend. Looks like you'd just have to transfer over your existing lock cylinder on the driver's side. https://www.ebay.com/itm/235308334125?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=QCM5_Cm4TjK&sssrc=2047675&ssuid=aZX0_Y15QEi&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY

ViperT4
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12/13/23 12:00 p.m.

I was just looking on Andrew gray's website for something I need and saw the might still have Cortina door handles as well. Might be worth a shop reaching out.

https://www.tvrpre80sparts.com/door-handles-pedal-rubbers

ViperT4
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1/12/24 2:38 p.m.
Stu Lasswell said:

    Looking at your gutted door... have you looked into power window lifts?  Very reasonable on Amazon, and my components look very corroded, and don't operate very smoothly, so I'm thinking that might be a solution.  Also, my exterior door handles are pretty pitted, but vintage Cortina handles are rare and pricey. I'm thinking maybe MGB or Spitfire handles could be substituted, or maybe even early Miata if I'm going to be glassing/cutting holes for new hardware. Just wondering if you've seen or heard of anyone doing either of these modifications?

Just came across this on Andrew's website as well in regards to your window lift components. Once you have the crank gear you could probably fabricate any remaining pieces you need pretty quickly. I definitely won't say the Andrew's the end all be all of TVR parts suppliers, but at least he has a lot of TVR specific items that others don't carry.

Stu Lasswell
Stu Lasswell Reader
1/12/24 4:32 p.m.

   I saw the recent listing of the crank mechanisms by Andrew Gray, but I have no doubt that they won't be cheap!  I have pulled one of the window frames out of a door, and it seems that there is plenty of room for an electric window lift.  Looks to be about $150 for the complete kit for both doors. Also looks like I could set it up to allow the windows to fall completely into the door... something the original design wouldn't do.  I hated the fact that the windows would not drop all the way in.

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