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GodalmingYellow
post 6 Mar 2015, 20:02
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The Hindustan replacement parts turned out to be rubbish.

The parts are poor quality, bad fit and terrible chroming.

The door handles were all loose due to length not being quite right and lip at end being too thin. One of the handles kept partially falling off. So, I've put the originals back on. Even with pitting they look better.

I'll be taking all the other India made parts off too and putting originals back on. Never mind, it was worth a try for new chrome.

Fixed rear door lock. Door has not been lockable since I've owned Phoebe. In the locking mechanism itself, there is a small tab on the final rotating piece, which prevents the external button release from working. It had been bent inwards (possibly by someone trying to force the door open with the child lock on. Bent the tab back into place, and hey presto, a locking door.

Also started putting on replacement door seals. If you need the seam clips, they are the same as ones for a Mini.

Might get a chance to finish the seals this weekend, so I can take Phoebe in the London to Brighton rally in May.

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post 6 Mar 2015, 20:28
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QUOTE (GodalmingYellow @ 6 Mar 2015, 13:02 ) *
The Hindustan replacement parts turned out to be rubbish.

The parts are poor quality, bad fit and terrible chroming.

The door handles were all loose due to length not being quite right and lip at end being too thin. One of the handles kept partially falling off. So, I've put the originals back on. Even with pitting they look better.

I'll be taking all the other India made parts off too and putting originals back on. Never mind, it was worth a try for new chrome.

Fixed rear door lock. Door has not been lockable since I've owned Phoebe. In the locking mechanism itself, there is a small tab on the final rotating piece, which prevents the external button release from working. It had been bent inwards (possibly by someone trying to force the door open with the child lock on. Bent the tab back into place, and hey presto, a locking door.

Also started putting on replacement door seals. If you need the seam clips, they are the same as ones for a Mini.

Might get a chance to finish the seals this weekend, so I can take Phoebe in the London to Brighton rally in May.



Great work! Good to know (sad to hear) about the Indian parts being lousy.


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post 6 Mar 2015, 22:48
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Interesting! I have Hindustan hinges on both ends of the car and they work well and look quite nice.
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post 6 Mar 2015, 23:39
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QUOTE (mwgiesbrecht @ 6 Mar 2015, 15:48 ) *
Interesting! I have Hindustan hinges on both ends of the car and they work well and look quite nice.



That's interesting. Maybe if you both posted links to the retailers you used it would be useful to know. There are so many people selling the chrome parts now, and sellers of higher quality products need to be rewarded.
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post 7 Mar 2015, 08:56
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QUOTE (mwgiesbrecht @ 6 Mar 2015, 23:48 ) *
Interesting! I have Hindustan hinges on both ends of the car and they work well and look quite nice.


In fairness, I had forgotten about the hinges, which are indeed ok (which is probably why I forgot about them).

I also have the Hindustan headlamp surrounds, which are appalling. They had corroded within a week of fitting and they are not even the correct shape or size.

The boot lock is the wrong shape also and has discoloured, and there are no screw holes for fitting. Instead they have fixing studs which are in the wrong position for alignment with the existing holes in the boot.

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post 7 Mar 2015, 09:22
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QUOTE (GodalmingYellow @ 7 Mar 2015, 09:56 ) *
In fairness, I had forgotten about the hinges, which are indeed ok (which is probably why I forgot about them).

I also have the Hindustan headlamp surrounds, which are appalling. They had corroded within a week of fitting and they are not even the correct shape or size.

The boot lock is the wrong shape also and has discoloured, and there are no screw holes for fitting. Instead they have fixing studs which are in the wrong position for alignment with the existing holes in the boot.

That's weird as my bonnet hinges from India were not fit for purpose, as one snapped in half when i closed the bonnet & the hinge pin on the other dropped out later. It's not even on the road yet.. Fortunately Howard our guru had a pair unused originals.
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post 7 Mar 2015, 11:42
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Since there are numerous retailers on eBay flogging this stuff, then let me suggest again that if you post the details of the specific retailers and their products, noting which products were satisfactory and which unsatisfactory, then this could be very useful. Merely saying that you got good or bad 'uns without details of origin serves no real purpose. There are no doubt hundreds, if not thousands, of back-street enterprises churning out Hindustan parts, and the good people deserve a boost, whereas the bad ones need to find that their poor quality parts do not sell. Also make sure you give poor feedback on eBay, although that is easier said than done, as I have discovered.
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post 7 Mar 2015, 15:08
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I just tried to check my eBay history, but apparently I bought them too long ago for it to show me who the seller was. I'll trawl through my emails to see if I can find a receipt.

aha!

I got them from Royal Spares. http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/royalspares

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post 7 Mar 2015, 23:36
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QUOTE (mwgiesbrecht @ 7 Mar 2015, 16:08 ) *
I just tried to check my eBay history, but apparently I bought them too long ago for it to show me who the seller was. I'll trawl through my emails to see if I can find a receipt.

aha!

I got them from Royal Spares. http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/royalspares


Mine were from Royal Spares too.

Beware, from memory, they trade under several different ebay accounts.
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QUOTE (GodalmingYellow @ 7 Mar 2015, 16:36 ) *
Mine were from Royal Spares too.

Beware, from memory, they trade under several different ebay accounts.



Well, that seems to blow that theory out of the water. Maybe he's a Britparts clone, so you just have to take the luck of the draw, and they buy willy nilly. I noticed that their headlamp rims were the incorrect shape.
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Mmm - hopes raised, hopes dashed.

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QUOTE (Penguin45 @ 8 Mar 2015, 01:18 ) *
Mmm - hopes raised, hopes dashed.

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post 9 Mar 2015, 18:18
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QUOTE (GodalmingYellow @ 6 Mar 2015, 21:02 ) *
Also started putting on replacement door seals. If you need the seam clips, they are the same as ones for a Mini.

Might get a chance to finish the seals this weekend, so I can take Phoebe in the London to Brighton rally in May.


Well as soon as I declared that I was going to the garage to work on Phoebe, suddenly a long list of other non-car related jobs was presented to me, by the one who may not be argued with.

I managed to get one more door seal on!

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