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Sunvisor Restoration Kit in Development

Updated: Jun 5

12 March 2023


The Triumph original sunvisors are functional but pretty tacky by modern standards. Cheap PVC in any colour... so long as it's black. Not the smartest choice for a new interior.



Creating a replacement cover for your tired sunvisors


Sunvisors have been on my development list for ages. So when an American customer desperately wanted a pair to match his new tan interior I decided to buckle down and do some prototyping.


I already had a pair of original sunvisors to strip down. The cover was a thin PVC that was welded around the edge so there was no way in without cutting the cover off. Once inside I was surprised to find there was no solid foam or panel, just a wire frame and some floppy 8mm foam. The hinge was simply two metal arms pushed into a folded metal strip at the top. The arms were easy to remove and put back.


Triumph Spitfire GT6 original sunvisor components
What's inside your old sunvisor

 

Foam socks

I worked out that it would be easier to fit if the new foam and cover were separate items. I could sew a new 10mm foam 'sock' that could be slipped over the grippy frame, then the cover would slide over the scrim on the back of the foam.


Triumph Spitfire GT6 sunvisor replacement cover
Foam sock with slip on cover
 

Hidden closure

The sock and cover took a few goes to get right but the main challenge was to get a neat finish on the closure. The customer preferred the idea of hidden poppers rather than velcro so that's the way I made it.


Later versions now use velcro to give a flatter finish.


Triumph Spitfire GT6 sunvisor replacement prototype
I now use velcro to give a smoother finish

 

Sunvisor restoration kit - nearly there.

They're very easy to fit and look great in the car. Once I've got the price and fitting instructions finished I can add it to my collection.

Cheers, Owen.

September 2022




 

March 2024 update - fixtures and fitting

Apparently there's another reason that a sunvisor restoration kit is better than new sunvisors. A local chap called round today for a sunvisor kit. He had bought new sunvisors elsewhere but the fittings were different to his car... GRRR! My kit used his existing hardware so no hassle.


I showed him how to fit the sock, cover and then hide the closure.

"That's clever, you should do a video of that!"

So here it is ;)


This shows me fitting the same left hand visor shown in the earlier photos.

(The file may be large so probably best to watch over WiFi rather than mobile data.)






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