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post #1 of 6 Old 07-22-2014, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Vis a Vis restoration

I was just blessed with a older vis a vis. It is in good structural shape, but does need some cosmetic help. I am in need of new fenders and a new top. Does anyone have any idea where I can find these items? So far, google searching hasn't found me any place that sells these parts. Lots of places with other parts and pieces, but not what I need.

Any leads would be appreciated!

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-23-2014, 01:24 AM
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The tops are all going to be custom made. Every vis a vis is going to have slightly different dimensions Do you have the framework? Do you have the old cover? If you have the old cover, you pick the seams apart and use it to make patterns for a new cover. If you can't do it yourself, if you have a custom upholstery shop nearby, they have the equipment to sew it. Be prepared to pay around $100/hr. If you don't have either you need to be able to take some measurements and than I would contact someone like Voiture Robert who pumps out a ton of vehicles and see if they can help you. Hit the Tulare draft horse sale. I'm sure they bring vehicles down for it. If you do buy something from them, they will throw it on the truck and save you a bunch in trucking.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-23-2014, 03:42 PM
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Are you close to an Amish community? Craftsman there may be s good resource
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-23-2014, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Littrella, not near Amish country at all.

Left, I am planning on going to the Tulare sale this October, may have to sit on my hands, though. LOL Usually too much good stuff.

As to the original cover, yes I do have it. I was thinking I would have to have a new one made, but now that you mentioned the upholstery shop, I might see if they can do it. It just needs the underside fabric replaced and some seams resewn. I will look into that. Thank you!

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-25-2014, 12:31 PM
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Does it have a maker's tag? You could send pictures of it to Roberts in Canada, or Justin in Texas, and they should be able to help.

We need some pictures, too!!

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-25-2014, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures to come! : ) I want to do some before and after pictures.

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