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New issues with recent purchase - looking for parts

Discussion in 'Alpine Cars and Parts For Sale' started by SierraNev, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. SierraNev

    SierraNev Platinum Level Sponsor


    Please forgive me as I am a real newbie.

    I have had my Sunbeam Alpine for almost a month and I am starting to notice things.

    I mentioned that I am missing the visors and hardware. I know why. They are super expensive to replace.

    This weekend I hope to tackle the e brake situation. Thank you for all your help and advice.

    My better half is looking to buy me a birthday present and I have been putting together a list.

    I would love black floor mats with ALPINE in red letters

    The horn is broken, so I will look into that as well. The center piece fall into my lap on acceleration.

    The "latch" that keeps the drivers door from over opening is gone.

    The rubber seal from the soft top to the windshield is in multiple pieces

    Starting with Sunbeam Specialties.

    Finally in looking under the hood and admiring the whimsical attempts of a shade tree mechanic, I noticed something is missing. Is this where the heater element should be?

    I did find in my garage pistons and engine parts from a car I sold 25 years ago. Not sure if they are from the Series 2 or the Series 4 I sold. Anyone interested?

    I hope to see you all at Queen's English at Woodley Park. I will be the one asking a million questions.

    Hopefully "Ruby" will make it there and back !

    Best regards


    Thanks again

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  2. Alpine Addict

    Alpine Addict Platinum Donor Platinum Level Sponsor

    That is where the servo would go. They are commonly missing and bypassed. I have no problems using my brakes without the servo
  3. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Diamond Level Sponsor

    I am sure someone here will correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure the visors were an option, except on the GTs. That is probably why your car doesn't have either the visors or the hardware. The reality is that the original visors don't work very well (at least in my experience), in large part because the posts tend to rust in one place, forcing over zealous owners to damage the hardware trying to move them. The repro sold by SS and CS are supposed to be much better. I have a set that I have been saving for my SIV (long story for another day) so I can't speak firsthand as to how well they work. But, they certainly look better than the stock set I added to my SV.
    Spending time around other Alpines and Alpine owners is definitely the best thing you can do right now. If you haven't already, I also recommend spending some time with the Tech Manuals that are hosted on our home page: http://sunbeamalpine.org/original-tech-manuals/
  4. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    In your picture that has the main bearing caps, there are five of them.... that being the case they could be from a a SERIES V 1725 engine, mind ya ! I said could be.
  5. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    Are the main bearing caps numbered (1 - 5 ) ? If they are , Dan is most likely correct about them.
    Let me know if they are and if you'd like to sell them. I have a 1725 block and cranksahft , but no
    bearing caps.

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  6. rixter

    rixter Platinum Level Sponsor

    In your engine compartment photo, I think you are referring to the spot indicated by my green arrow where the brake booster would have been. In any case, you don't have a brake booster mounted, or it is somewhere else in the engine compartment. If that is absent, a previous owner may have changed out the brake master cylinder as well to get better braking advantage in the absence of the booster. There are Lockheed type boosters available if you want to go that route. I got mine at the now defunct Victoria British. Moss and others may have them.

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  7. johnd

    johnd Donation Time

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  8. SierraNev

    SierraNev Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks ! I tried them, but the online order will not process my order. I will give them a call tomorrow !
  9. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    They won’t embroider “Alpine” because it’s a model name. Silly, but true.

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  10. loose_electron

    loose_electron Gold Level Sponsor

    Tell them that it is the name of a town.
    Bet that will work.
  11. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    It's automated... there's no one to tell!
  12. SierraNev

    SierraNev Platinum Level Sponsor

    I wrote them an email.

    They said the do not have permission to use the name Sunbeam, Alpine
  13. SierraNev

    SierraNev Platinum Level Sponsor

    Good afternoon,

    I do not see a number on the bearing caps? They are really grimey. An hint?

    What are they worth and what would you pay for them?


  14. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    If they are 1725 caps, the numbers will be in the center of the cap. That's if it were installed in a block.
    Not the bearing side.
    Let's see if they have the numbers and we'll take it from there.

    Maybe post a close up picture of them all together?
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  15. loose_electron

    loose_electron Gold Level Sponsor

    Brain dead stupid. The Rootes group hasn't existed since 1978 (????)
  16. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    True, and I'm with you in spirit, but the assets were purchased in 1978 by Peugeot (for $1.00!) and they still hold the rights. It seems Chrysler chair Lee Iacocca thought Chrysler had been stupid for ever having purchased Rootes Group in the first place, so he wanted to dump it quick.
  17. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    Someone ( I can't remember who) on the forum has the font for the Alpine.
    If you get the font, you can have any local embroidery shop put it on floor mats for you.
    That's what I did and was happy with the result.
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  18. SierraNev

    SierraNev Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks. I was thinking the same thing.

    Where did you get your mats? Do they have a rubber backing?

    I enjoy you instagram postings

    Best regards,

    Emmett Cassidy
  19. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Platinum Level Sponsor

    I actually got my mats from Walmart.
    They have grippers on the back but are not solid rubber.
    Really thick mats cause issues with the embroidery. You can by them made with the lettering but you'll pay five times the price.
    The other cool thing is that once your local shop has the font, you use it for shirts, hats, etc.
    I only put mine in at shows/cruise-ins to preserve them.
    No matter how careful you are, you have to walk on the ground, so the threaded lettering will eventually get dingy with use.
    I won't say I never drive the car with them in but I primarily keep them in the boot and and put them in for looks.
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  20. SierraNev

    SierraNev Platinum Level Sponsor

    Thanks for the info. Off to Walmart

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