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 Posted: Fri Feb 1st, 2013 08:36 pm
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Huw Griffiths

Joined: Wed Oct 21st, 2009
Location: Cwmbran, Wales, United Kingdom
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Yes - the roof is held on with tabs - 3 on either side.

They're rather awkward, too (and can be fragile, if you're not very careful when you remove the roof).

About 12 years back, I opened one up for an attempt at interior detailing / painting.

Unfortunately, I don't have pictures (some cynics might suggest that this could be fortunate for me ...) - and I haven't seen any shots on the internet which show the underside of the roof.

In case they're any help, here are some links to shots elsewhere which give some idea where the tabs are:

Side view (roof on), on RRline - the tabs are moulded to the roof - and clip into the back of the window mouldings, behind the uprights between the 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th windows on either side. You can't actually see the tabs in this shot - but the bodyshell sides and roof look slightly different where the tabs are.

Angled view of roofless bodyshell, showing some of interior - the roof tabs clip into small, rectangular, holes in the side window mouldings. (There's one strip of moulding for each side - and they're arranged so they press each other outwards, holding them against the bodyshell). The holes are just about visible between the arched tops of the windows.

Clear moulding, which fits below roof - the rectangular slots along the edges give some idea where the tabs go. Just for information, the large circular hole in the centre of this moulding provides clearance for the trolley pole assembly to swivel. The smaller holes, about 1/4 and 3/4 of the way along the centre line provide clearance for 2 small lightbulbs. The threaded holes at the ends (with pairs of pegs "outboard" of the holes) are fixing points for wires from the chassis to a lighting PCB which fits between this clear moulding and the roof.

From memory, I believe the tabs on the underside of the roof look a bit like hooks (they clip into the back of the "window" moulding).

To remove the roof, slide a thin edge (end of a 6" steel rule, or tip of a small flat screwdriver) into the gap between the roof and bodyshell, next to one of the tabs. Move the screwdriver along slightly - and slide the end of a wooden coffee stirrer into the space where the screwdriver was.

This sequence needs to be repeated for the other tabs along 1 side - and this edge of the roof slid up slightly, to release the tabs on this side from the slots in the window moulding.

I can't remember whether you also need to do the same with the tabs on the other side - or whether it was possible to swivel this side of the roof upwards enough to allow its removal. (Let's face it, this was about 12 years back, but I hope this will give some usable pointers.)

What I can remember, though, was that the tabs wanted to snap - and I couldn't find any other way to remove the roof.

I also believe that the slatted floor in this model is screwed in from underneath the bodyshell - and the seats are fixed to the inside of the bodyshell using tabs, which look like they might have been melted in place using something like the tip of a soldering iron.

I also seem to recall that the window mouldings have a rim running around the inside of each window - unfortunately, on the inner side of the mouldings. I say "unfortunately" because, if this rim had been on the outer side (or, better still, on both sides), it could have been painted to look like a wooden window frame.

Anyway, the one thing that probably is worth taking note of here is the stuff about being very careful when working on the tabs, to remove the roof.



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