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Supplier Questions

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by Steeman01, Aug 31, 2020.


Preferred Supplier?

  1. Victoria British

  2. Sunbeam Specialties

  3. Classic Sunbeam Inc

  4. Additional Options?

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Steeman01

    Steeman01 Donation Time

    Hey everyone! New Sunbeam owner here (I have had a Rootes car before, a '64 Hillman Super Minx), but I have never had a Sunbeam Alpine. I just picked up a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine yesterday. It is nearly all original and has been sitting covered and under a structure since 1978, and had a repaint in 1979. Great car, but all the rubber components are shot (dried, cracked, etc.), so I am in the process of seeking those (among some mechanical parts).

    I have my cart all full of all the parts I need with VB and I see some concerning posts about there quality and issues with incorrect parts shipping. I am in California and I now see there is Sunbeam Specialties. SS has a lot of the parts I need, however, they seem to cost more, perhaps they supply better products? Is there a supplier that is better perceived by the Alpine masses here? Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    P.S. - A few Pics of the new ride, hope to have her on the road within 2 months!

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  2. nsbluenose

    nsbluenose Bronze Level Sponsor

    Nice find.
  3. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    Yes, SS is the place to be. VB has more generic parts, that mostly are not desirable. Rick at SS carries parts that will fit. Especially the rubber parts. VB does carry a few things that SS doesn't, but overall SS for sure.
    Where in California, there's a lot of us here. I'm in Newbury Park, 1000 Oaks area.
    Nice looking car.
  4. Steeman01

    Steeman01 Donation Time

    Thanks @nsbluenose!

    Appreciate the input @Jimjordan2! I will re-vet my list through SS's catalog. I am in Lake Forest (mid to south OC (where the 5 and the 405 merge).
  5. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    Not that far away. You'll enjoy this Forum, lots of good folks with a lot of good information. Looking forward to meeting you and seeing your car.
  6. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Classic Sunbeam and Sunbeam Specialtist are almost one and the same. Only difference I have in dealing with either is one is on the West Coast and the other is on the East Coast.

    Selective at VB is a must.

    There are many other suppliers too! Lots of them overseas/ Only draw back there is additional cost in shipping and occasional VAT which is heavy taxation.

    Don't know who started the Questionnaire, but I did not participate because the questions could/should be more selective IMHO

    An example is SS or CS it should be both allowed, again IMO
  7. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane Gold Level Sponsor

    i have bought a smattering from VB (a drivers side window), a few items from Classic Sunbeam (some odds and ends, fasteners and the like), but most items from Sunbeam Specialties (a full interior and all the rubber weatherstripping). Rick has been great to work with.
  8. Steeman01

    Steeman01 Donation Time

    Thanks @DanR! I redid the voting to allow you do chose as many as you like of the voting options.
  9. Steeman01

    Steeman01 Donation Time

    Thanks @Aladin Sane, maybe I will reach out to SS direct via phone, as they are in Cali, where I live. Thanks!
  10. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Reach out to SS direct via phone, they are in Cali, where you live and it will save additional monies on shipping. Rick is a Great Fellow.
  11. loose_electron

    loose_electron Gold Level Sponsor

    SS is up in the SF Bay area, right smack in silicon valley. Welcome to the group, I'm south of you in San Diego.
  12. Slainte

    Slainte Gold Level Sponsor

    Rick at SS is great to work with. If he doesn't have an item, he'll send you to someone who does.
    loose_electron likes this.
  13. Scotty

    Scotty Donation Time

    Rick is my go-to for anything Sunbeam. I have yet to have an issue with anything I've ordered and he is really damn knowledgeable and nice.

    VB... well... When I got my 1725 rebuilt, my guy ordered THREE sets of engine parts. They came bent, then rusty, then pitted AND BENT. I've ordered a few other engine bits and have yet to get anything that didn't come with some sort of issue. I've gotten some non-mechanical bits and they were okay. Just my two bits on it.
  14. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    VB is good for windshields and a few other parts. The difference is the knowledge that both Rick (SS) and Curt
    (CS) have that makes the difference. VB just has order takers that really don't know about your car.

    My 2 cents!

  15. Steeman01

    Steeman01 Donation Time

    This is really great insight from everyone! I greatly appreciate it!!
  16. rixter

    rixter Platinum Level Sponsor

    Agreed on SS and CS being the better places to go for most stuff. I have gotten some stuff that was OK from VB, but a fair share of stuff that was just plain wrong or of poor quality compared to CS and SS. If there is something positive I can say about VB is that they seem to be real generous with permitting returns and giving credit. I have had items that I needed to return and they credited me and told me to keep them because shipping back to them wouldn't be cost effective. But for Sunbeam knowledge, no comparison with Curt and Rick being better.

  17. Steeman01

    Steeman01 Donation Time

    Thank you again everyone, especially for directing me to Rick at SS. I just got off the phone with the guy and he was beyond helpful (and knowledgeable). He is even taking the work load for me. I discussed all the elements I thought I needed, he said he would compile a list and send it to me via email and I can strike anything I don't need. Very happy!
  18. hartmandm

    hartmandm Moderator Platinum Level Sponsor

    As far as I know, if you need to replace the engine mounts, Rootes Parts Service (http://www.rootesparts.com/) in the Netherlands is the only supplier currently with the correct rubber hardness. The rubber on the Classic Sunbeam and Sunbeam Specialties mounts is too hard. Will vibrate the heck out of the car.


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