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Old 05-26-2017, 02:51 PM   #1
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Missing Tambour Door Rods

Hi!

I'm restoring our 1970 Overlander and all of the tambour doors from the overhead lockers are missing. The guides are still there, and the brackets for the rods, but everything else is gone.

I know I can buy the tambour from InlandRV but apparently they don't have the spring loaded rods.

Any suggestions on where I can find them or how to work around that would be appreciated!

Thanks!

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Old 05-26-2017, 04:07 PM   #2
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Interesting that my 71 does not have the spring loaded rods. Maybe they were not as successful as AS hoped. Maybe are not necessary?
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Old 05-26-2017, 06:34 PM   #3
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My 70 Safari is the same way, the tracks and brackets are there but nothing else. I haven't tried it yet but I plan to use the spring loaded rods from vinyl window shades. I'll remove the vinyl from the rod and mount the tambour. It should work if there's enough spring tension to roll the tambour.
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Old 05-26-2017, 08:20 PM   #4
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Our '76 doesn't have springs on the tambours. They are held up at the top by small tabs which get rounded off with age.
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Old 05-26-2017, 11:04 PM   #5
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Our '76 doesn't have springs on the tambours. They are held up at the top by small tabs which get rounded off with age.
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Same on my '74 and '79.

Some small rare earth magnets glued in strategic places would probably work well.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:37 AM   #6
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Thanks - good suggestion. I'll see what I can track down!
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Old 05-27-2017, 02:14 PM   #7
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I replaced all of the tambour doors on my 1971 Sovereign. There were no spring loaded rods. The tambour material itself fits into the guides.

Also, I bought a 4X8 sheet of tambour from these folks for a very reasonable price (under $200). I stained it myself. Turned out really nice.

https://www.surfacingsolution.com/

Our restoration: https://youtu.be/1KmDtBS2p2w
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