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Old 01-18-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Rams heads came loose in roof locker

I'll post a photo if necessary, but first I will try to describe the situation:

The trouble is will the roof locker that is above the large hall closet. It has two tambour doors and inside there is a small panel which divides the locker into individual compartments. One compartment behind each door.

In the center of the roof locker face there appears to be a single unit or perhaps an assembly inside that has left and right hand rams horns with that divider piece anchored to it in the middle.

What seems to hold this in place is molded rims on the rams horn vertical tracks that snap over the side edges of the door openings in the roof locker face.

Those molded rims have cracked and fallen off and now so that the center piece can slop around inside the roof locker and the tambour doors can fall out of the track.

Does anyone know if there is anything else that holds this center piece in place or a fix other than screw in through the front face of the roof locker?

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Old 01-18-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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Can you post a photo?
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I'll post a photo if necessary, but first I will try to describe the situation:

The trouble is will the roof locker that is above the large hall closet. It has two tambour doors and inside there is a small panel which divides the locker into individual compartments. One compartment behind each door.

In the center of the roof locker face there appears to be a single unit or perhaps an assembly inside that has left and right hand rams horns with that divider piece anchored to it in the middle.

What seems to hold this in place is molded rims on the rams horn vertical tracks that snap over the side edges of the door openings in the roof locker face.

Those molded rims have cracked and fallen off and now so that the center piece can slop around inside the roof locker and the tambour doors can fall out of the track.

Does anyone know if there is anything else that holds this center piece in place or a fix other than screw in through the front face of the roof locker?

Thanks,
Christopher
Those parts are called "tambour door guides".

They do not crack by themselves.

Unbalanced running gear, excessive rated hitch bars, excessive rated tow vehicle, and/or bad axles, all or in part, can and will break those guides.

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:10 PM   #4
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Andy, what you say is true. I bought a set of axles from you several years ago. At the time I replaced them, the cabinet hardware I described was failing but had not fallen apart yet. I suspect the hardware has failed at this point just from being weakened, yet still used.

I'll post a photo soon.
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Here are the long awaited photos. The assembly pulled loose after just a bit of fooling with it to get a good photo.

In pic number three you can see what remains of the rim on the right door guide. Pretty thin plastic, so once the rim on the left guide started to fall apart it was only a matter of time before it self destructed under normal use.

Now that I have it out I am coming up with all sorts of ideas to fix it without having ugly exposed hardware on the face of the roof locker. Still, if anyone has been through this before I would like to hear how they fixed it.

Christopher
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Note that it is now months later. Being the off-season there was no urgent need to make a repair, but now that spring is here I was able to figure out a way to fix this and wanted to post the details.

I made some brackets out of thin sheetmetal to anchor the assembly inside at the top to the metal roof locker frame, and inside at the bottom to the wooden bottom.

While the solution is simple, it takes a bit of work. There is a lot of dry fitting, marking, removing to drill holes, etc. The secret weapon proved to be a right angle drilling attachment for getting inside the tight locker to make some holes.

There is not enough clearance to slide that assembly in place with the brackets on it, so the final bit of getting it all in place, with the tambour doors in their guides was a real challenge.

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