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Sunbeam Alpine Series V: Reducing the water leaks.

Discussion in 'Featured Articles & How To's' started by Tim R, Mar 12, 2020.

  1. Tim R

    Tim R Silver Level Sponsor

    This video shows a simple modification that we make to reduce the amount of water that leaks into the cabin of the car on rainy days in our Series V.
    Tim R

     
    belmateo, Jimjordan2, Slainte and 2 others like this.
  2. puff4

    puff4 Gold Level Sponsor

    Nice! Years ago I fitted bug screen mesh to the inside of my ventilator grilles and that worked to keep out the debris (and was nearly invisible), but of course the water still got through. This is a great fix.
     
  3. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    I applaud you. Something simple, that actually works and looks attractive. Very educational information about the water channel and flow. I hadn't thought about it. Well done.
     
  4. Alpine 1789

    Alpine 1789 SAOCA President Platinum Level Sponsor

    Very clever, Tim. One more thing to add to my list!
     
  5. Warren

    Warren Silver Level Sponsor

    Way more elegant than my cars P.O. fix of completely blocking off the vents. Sure the car was from the San Fran Bay area but its been raining like January here in So.Cal. :(
    I would note that I have seen several cars with a quarter size or less rust about the rest of the body but the carpet can easily mess up the floors, especially on the Tigers with a nearly 90 degree bend to the drain tubes. Duck bill brain caps what quack of an engineer figured that one ....
     
  6. Silver Creek Sunbeam

    Silver Creek Sunbeam Silver Level Sponsor

    Love the How Tos. Could you tell me what the u-trim is that you used?

    ‘Thanks
     
  7. Gary T

    Gary T Gold Level Sponsor

    Warren has a point about the design of the duck bill drain. I would suggest that anyone still using the original factory duck bill may be a very large part of the problem, since they are not new and may be "hard as carp" which means they may not drain at all! I did a Google search regarding duck bills and you would be amazed at the application for many systems besides for auto vent drains.
     
  8. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    The new duck bills sold by SS are not dried up and hard and fairly cheap as are the formed hoses running from the vents to the tunnel. Fairly easy to replace these items.
     
  9. Warren

    Warren Silver Level Sponsor

    LOL don't care if they are good reproductions it's a stupid design. Any debris can clog the thing. Despite the great video by or member on to mitigate H20 intrusion to soak carpet . I have seen and have a car that has blocked vents.
     
  10. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    I've had a lot of Beams that I've parted out and yes, I've found many of the duck bills clogged as do the hoses connecting them to either the vents or in earlier series the one hose to drain from the heater core area. It would be easy to eliminate the duck bill by running a longer hose and letting it extend thru the tunnel but that would allow critters or whatever to get into the tube where the duck bill does seal off the opening. I would say they were designed to allow water to drain and the fact that owners would actually allow debris to accumulate in other parts of the car was not taken into consideration. You'll find similar items in todays cars . I've never thought to see what is on the end of the A/C drain. Allowing debris to accumulate in or on the car only leads to damage. You'll find the external vent openings on todays cars are designed to prevent junk from getting thru. Neglect of these old British cars by owners brings up the question of whether the duck bill or neglect is the lesser evil. I have replaced the duck bills when the body restoration was done by using new pieces from SS. They're quite nice and fit good in the tunnel opening. The screen is a good idea.
     
  11. Warren

    Warren Silver Level Sponsor

    I don't get the car vvet making the tube longer adding a reverse screen if you are concerned about critters. California mice are not small enough to go thru the ID of those hoses. As for other areas of the car anyone that actually cleans their car can see here crap accumulates. I still find a black dog hair once in a blue moon in the old car under the back seat ;) as for other little nasty things I pick the lesser....
     

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