Rubber component feedback

redrover

Well-Known Member
#1
I'll be replacing a lot of rubber parts during the revival of Red Rover.

It's been nearly a decade since I was regularly ordering parts for the car, and am pleased to see the number of remanufactured parts and new suppliers entering the market in that time.

I am looking for real-world experience of the rubber components from various suppliers.

There are 6 that I can see:
Historically, Scott's was deemed to be the only place for quality, fit and durability, but delivery takes time and is expensive.
I heard Wins were stocking Scott's parts a few years ago, but this may no longer be the case?
COH Baines are the only supplier to state they manufacture in Britain at their own facilities. I can imagine much of the stock at the others may originate from COH Baines?

I am keen to source balljoint dust covers, deDion gaiters, filler cap gaiters and gearlever gaiters that will not split inside a year. Can anybody vouch for these components from any of the above?

Thanks
Michael
 

Speedfreak

Active Member
#2
I have bought some rubber parts that go under the bonnet, the window rubbers, and a handbrake cover from Wins. I found the quality of them all very good. Hope that helps.
 
#4
30 years ago when I had my first P6 I bought a set of weather strips that go along the door touching the glass from the P6 club (no idea which of the two P6 clubs, I'm confused about that) and they were not very good at all. It seems to me now that repro parts are much improved.
 

redrover

Well-Known Member
#5
30 years ago when I had my first P6 I bought a set of weather strips that go along the door touching the glass from the P6 club (no idea which of the two P6 clubs, I'm confused about that) and they were not very good at all. It seems to me now that repro parts are much improved.
Thanks. I think I have a set of those weather strips on my car. They don't have the reinforcing steel strip of the original so are wavy and not very effective - but better than nothing!
Re the clubs - one is the original. It went bang and was transitioned into becoming a commercial operation. The other club was created in response due to the strength of feeling that clubs should be member-owned/run and non-profit. These days, many people are members of both, and most see it as personal preference. It's like national politics... most people are aware of the two parties, have a preference (received or otherwise), but are largely indifferent about it all. While a minority of die-hards in each make it seem a bigger division than it is.
 

redrover

Well-Known Member
#7
Well reminded. The change of operating model was later, as you say (circa 2009?).

I had a conversation with Reg Mason, founder of the P6 Club, at the 50th anniversary bash. His motivation to found an alternative club in 1993 lay in personal concerns over the commercial operations of the original club regarding the acquisition and sale of spares that had been obtained from Austin-Rover Group. He certainly found substantial sympathisers with that view as the club grew quickly.

In any case, I see it as a 'pays your money, take your choice' scenario. The operating model of both is public knowledge, and I'm quite sure both have value. I was previously heavily involved in the running of one, but am grateful to be back on 'civvie street'.
 
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