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#16 ajprice

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 09:09 AM

Have you seen the door pulls on the current Citroen C3? They are (probably not real) leather straps with a silver cap over each end. A sort of production used version of what Chris1275gt posted.

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#17 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 01:36 PM

Yes indeed. I'm investigating how to get my hands on stuff like that without falling into amazonium or alibabium alloys. :)

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 01:37 PM

I just used the cooper design dwgs that can be found on the net and just bent some up. But plain alloy suits my build.


Whatever floats your boat mate! :)
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#19 craig 1010cc

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 09:30 PM

Design 2 for me

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Posted 01 October 2019 - 09:48 PM

Design 2 for me


Thx Graig!

#21 sid trunley

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Posted 06 October 2019 - 03:05 PM

not my cup of tea not sure whats going on why not stick to the original design?



#22 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 06 October 2019 - 04:54 PM

not my cup of tea not sure whats going on why not stick to the original design?

thanks. true! but why stick with the original design?   ;D

 

the original design is just a plastic thing on the mk3. it is basically a glorified garbage can handle.  :proud:

 

I'd rather have something unique, that I made by myself, using high quality material. that's why. 



#23 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 07:26 PM

 

 

Hi Benoit
I don't particularly like the eyelets even the ones used to hold the screw fixings. After they have been used 500 times they are going to curl and look tatty, leather being leather. Have you thought of an attach case type leather handle which would hold the handle off the door with a stiffener to retain its shape.


Yes, it is a very good point! And I put in some work on that. I have in fact some prototypes using some kind of stiff backing. However, I did not like the touch of it so I moved to a thicker leather.

One of the reason I use Eyelet is exactly what you mention: i bought some leather handle a while ago, they were plain and as you said they became a bit saggy. Eyelet has 2 roles here:
It's primary usage is to make the part much stiffer: you have to see it as a metal sandwidch : for instance the 9.4mm eyelet has an external diameter of 22mm, on top ans under the belt.

I did experiment actually on that, Hence the various eyelet:
5mm has no effet on stiffness
9.4 is very rigid. 8mm is ok. It has a 16mm metal footprint.

Oh and as for the second reason: it looks kinda cool :)

Ok you like the eyelet look that's fine I would suggest then that you rethink the eyelet fixings as over time those will not keep their shape and would suggest some type of fixing that would hold the leather across its whole width

 

Hi Chris,

 

you got me curious and therefore I've investigated further. I'll try to mod one of those strap this weekend if it arrives on time. I think it can be cool. I found some that are not in amazonium. they come from heavy duty music equipment (like speakers and stuff). I did fine some that were smaller, called "fender strape" because of the amplifier brand. but turns out they have a hugh metal footprint. therefore, it would mean more metal on each side of the handle than actual handle. :)

 

I'll keep posted ! 



#24 timmy850

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 09:24 AM

I like the idea of loop pulls like this

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#25 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 09:47 AM

It is a good Idea too. I find it a bit more difficult on mk3 as the handles fixing points are with an angle.

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:15 AM

On a Mk3 doors the handle fixing points are horizontal. Doors got angled handles sometime around late 1982.

If this is for your '91 Cooper your car is either a Mk5 or a Mk6.



#27 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 11:22 AM

On a Mk3 doors the handle fixing points are horizontal. Doors got angled handles sometime around late 1982.
If this is for your '91 Cooper your car is either a Mk5 or a Mk6.


Well got a bit Lost in MK's. So Indeed most 82.

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 02:20 PM

Design 2 in my opinion looks the best of the 3.

 

I like the idea of loop pulls like this

 

I'm using these on my Cooper S Traveller - they are from a Morris Minor and have wee alloy cover pieces at the fixing.

 

 

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 05:10 PM

nice!






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