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Post by ard126k » Sun Jul 26, 2020 5:25 pm

Here I am, just contemplating fitting the new hood cover which has arrived from Don trimming.

I've had a look around and I see that Prym pliers are recommended for fitting the press studs into the fabric, but also that I need to buy some Prym studs to get the correct fittings for the pliers. Sadly all the links showing the correct studs to buy are out of date so I'd be grateful if someone could point me in the right direction.

Incidentally if you're ordering a new hood and the helpful chap at Don offers you a stud fixing tool say no, they sell an anvil and punch set which is probably the dog's if you're fitting hundreds a day but a bit overkill for DIY use on the occasional occasion. And it needs to be used on a bench so the hood would have to be marked up then taken off the car again to have the studs fitted. Anyone wany to buy a professional stud-fixing set at half what I paid for it?

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Post by scimjim » Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:20 pm

I bought the anvil and punch set (from ebay) about 17 years ago when I replaced the GTC hood - a bench next to the car was helpful in lots of ways. I’ve probably only used it on one other hood since, but of course I won’t be able to find it when I come to put the new hood on Megan3 :D


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Post by ard126k » Mon Jul 27, 2020 4:31 pm

Well do bear me in mind :D


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Post by Corky » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:34 pm

Hi Alex, you may have been reading one my posts from the GTC404 thread.

If you have a John Lewis nearby, they can supply the pliers and appropriate kit with dies. The fitting kit can also be found on eBay, I'm pretty sure that this is the correct one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/222271698536 , if you look carefully at the photo you should see the dies in the package.


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Post by ard126k » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:32 pm

Thanks Steve
You're right, it was your thread I was looking at.
But I'm not sure we're out of the woods yet - the link you've provided is for 15mm studs and the ones I have are more like 12mm. Assuming they're measured across the widest part.
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Post by Corky » Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:39 pm

Hi Alex, just checked and my link is correct. I used the same kit in my SS1. See photo, they’re definitely 15mm.
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Post by ard126k » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:46 pm

So they are. Another case of all Reliants not being created equal.
But now I know to look at the 'yacht' range and not the 'anorak'!


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Post by ard126k » Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:45 am

I've now got the rear bar into the hood and fixed on the car. The weather looks suitable (warm) for doing the stretching of the hood, But I'm not sure whether I should pull straight forward first, or pull the side window sections outwards first and fix them with the poppers before pulling the main roof forwards. Or does it not matter that much :? Advice, as always, will be welcome!


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Post by ard126k » Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:40 pm

In the end I decided to see how hard it could be to use the anvil and punch, turns out that placing it on the wing/bootlid with a bit of board underneath allows you to set the studs OK. They don't seem to need a huge thwack.

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