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Post by Billy » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:07 pm

I was wondering if anyone had ever fitted Thule roof bars to an SE5a - with the four feet for a standard roof, and if so if they had discovered which of the Thule fitting kits would work on the car? - It's not listed of course on the Thule website, but one of the kits aimed at cars with roof gutters might do the job? (I'm an optimist!)
Failing that can anyone recommend an available roof rack, or bars, sturdy enough to carry a Kayak or similar, and which will fit the car?



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Post by Terry H » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:21 pm

I don't think the gutters will take any tension. I would try something like this. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handirack-In ... Swiq9bbA8s
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:26 pm

I think the temporary/inflatable bars rely on 4 door and or opening rear windows?

Agreed, not convinced about the gutter strength but I have seen GTEs with classic roof racks.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:35 pm

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Post by Dave 6726 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:09 pm

I don't think I'd trust Scim gutters. I just feel they can't be as strong as welded on steel ones. :(



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Post by GeoffTE » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:17 pm

This is SAR in the mid seventies. No problems at all with a gutter fitted rack and I regularly transported a quite heavy inflatable dinghy on it.
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Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:18 pm

I don't think I'd put much weight on one 40 years later :D
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Post by Oaksey » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:30 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
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I've had reasonably heavy stuff on it such as SS1 doors, tyres, suitcases etc


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Post by peter freeman » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:46 pm

you need a rack with "feet" that puts the weight on the roof and side clamps that just keep it in position



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Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:57 pm

Feet would be better, but might be tricky if, like Jim, you've got a webasto roof?


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Post by Billy » Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:33 am

Yes absolutely - feet would be best - which is why I was thinking of using the Thule ones from Halfords which I've used on other vehicles, and which are incredibly robust - but the trouble is they need a fitting kit to secure them to to the lip of the guttering and prevent movement, (whilst the weight is actually taken by the roof). However there is of course no Thule fitting kit made specifically for the Scimitar - but there must be one that would do it? Looks like no-one has gone down this route though, so I may start looking out for a sturdy period roof rack with feet, unless I can persuade someone at Halfords to start opening all the boxes!!! Many thanks for all the thoughts and smashing photos though.



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Post by ScimmyMike » Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:31 pm

Thule website err morris marina of all things gives you a gutter footpack see here
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Post by Billy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:14 pm

Thanks for that, but I can't seem to find a Morris Marina listed (or any Morris for that matter) on the Thule website (they don't seem to have anything pre- 2001) - sounds promising though in terms of roof line, - wondered also about an MGB or even a Capri as well, but how did you laterally get from a Scimitar to a Marina?



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Post by Joe. » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:16 pm

I've got a period roof rack for my GTE, its one of the ones with with feet to spread the load onto the roof. Its made by ASM (of runcorn)

They look quite smart in chrome with hardwood batons down the middle, They are width ajustable so can suit a range of cars. The 5a foof is quite narrow so keep that in mind when looking as the ones to suit larger cars probably wont fit. The forward and rear ends can be adjusted flat to better take long loads.

Worth sticking in a watch word search on Ebay...

I've used mine quite a bit and they will take quite substantal loads very securely...

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Post by Billy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:30 pm

Ah yes found it now under 'Rover' (lateral thinking duly applied) - Thule Foot-pack 951, with an MGB owner saying it works a treat, - only trouble is it looks like all the weight is on the gutters, but maybe also on the slope of the roof - so not sure...May risk it and report back.



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