Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby itchyfeet » 26 Apr 2019, 07:20

itchyfeet wrote:

get some pics up


You can add pics here and copy BB code link then paste in you post on here
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^^^ this, it's really quite easy.
I'm not registered with whatsapp and adding pics here makes it easy for everybody to see and add comment, group effort is better than just one persons advice.

I'm in Soton, if you like you can pop over to look at mine or bring your van for me to look at, I'm no expert but I have done this job.

SGS advertise them for a Holdsworth, if you buy online and they don't fit you have rights under law and they have to refund you or exchange.
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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby nesty » 20 May 2019, 18:05

Hi
Do you have to remove the brackets or can you just remove the bolts and insert the struts?
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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby itchyfeet » 20 May 2019, 18:35

You can fit struts without removing brackets, on mine lower bracket is rivited and upper one bolted, I changed the bolts in the upper bracket for stainless and took it off and painted it.

From memory the lower bolts were too long to remove from the recess or fitted the wrong way to remove( must have been fitted before bracket riveted on) so I cut them off with a 4 inch grinder and cutting disc, new stainless bolts fitted were shorter and can be fitted in situ.
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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby itchyfeet » 20 May 2019, 18:39

I think you were asking about lubrication, I noticed at the weekend there are two channels front and back that some pins slide in on my villa 3 so worth making sure they are clean, seems I'm wrong there is some grease in there so worth a clean and some fresh grease.

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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby nesty » 20 May 2019, 19:48

itchyfeet wrote:I think you were asking about lubrication, I noticed at the weekend there are two channels front and back that some pins slide in on my villa 3 so worth making sure they are clean, seems I'm wrong there is some grease in there so worth a clean and some fresh grease.

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Yeah, these channels most probably need some grease in mine, I'll check these out, thanks.
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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby itchyfeet » 21 May 2019, 18:50

As you can see my roof will hold itself in that position, old struts usually won't.

The roof is designed to be left partially down for ventilation in hot weather but old struts don't do this well.
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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby nesty » 27 May 2019, 13:28

itchyfeet wrote:As you can see my roof will hold itself in that position, old struts usually won't.

The roof is designed to be left partially down for ventilation in hot weather but old struts don't do this well.


Did a decent clean & re-lube of the gutter system and pistons today.

The roof pops up and down much better now, think the system just required a bit of TLC, my roof stays in the halfway position ok, so hopefully plenty more life in the pistons!

Thanks for the replies!
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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby nesty » 27 May 2019, 13:48

kaminokid wrote:This is an old post and sadly we are now facing the same issue.
Does anyone have an update of SGS, the quality of their gas struts etc.
We have searched high and low on the internet for replacement without success apart from SGS.
The information we have is from a sticker on strut is:
INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMLINE
GAS SPRINGS LTD
GS9011 02 91
Any help gratefully received
Cheers
Emma


Hi Emma
On my roof piston I have GS9011 2/86, like you mine are Industrial Gas Springs Limited
This is the company, though they have moved from the address stamped on my pistons, in their history on the website says they started at the address stamped on my pistons.
I have emailed them to ask do they still produce a GS9011 spec piston.
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Re: Holdsworth villa 3 pop top gas struts

Postby kaminokid » 27 May 2019, 20:49

Hi all and thanks for all the info and advice.
For personal reasons we have found a local roof guy who has experience with villa 3's and he is going to get the job done for us.
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