Zipper repros and/or NOS availability...

Discussion in 'Repros' started by Dany McDonald, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hello,

    Waiting for A. Pritzker & Sons WWII 55J14 (AER) that needs a Conmar zipper slider.

    Beside MASH Japan, where can one get some parts for zippers?

    Sorry for the neophyte question...

    Regards,

    Pritzker 55J14 (AER).jpg

    Dany
     
  2. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    You'll have to replace the whole #5 slider. If originality is important, and I see that as logical on a WWII jacket, search for an original slider. Guys have them around.
    Dave
     
  3. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hello Dave,

    I keep looking on ebay, for very distressed jackets with correct zips. But it's very rare.

    Thank you for the info I will try here.

    Dany
     
  4. stanier

    stanier Well-Known Member

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    It might be worth putting a wtb here, and / or try one of the Facebook etc groups with a request. Most folk are really friendly and would be happy to help you get sorted if they can. I suspect you might find you get what you need quicker than you might imagine.

    Cheers

    Chris
     
  5. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hi Chris,

    That's pretty much what this post is turning into ;-)

    Thanks for the advise!

    Dany
     
  6. robrinay

    robrinay Active Member

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    I bought a complete Conmar on eBay recently from a seller called
    izavailable

    But she only seems to have Talons listed at the moment - might be worth messaging her?
     
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  7. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hi,

    Yeah Talons only, but interesting.

    Thanks.

    Dany
     
  8. Obscurator

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    I hope this is considered "on topic", but does anyone know how to, or has experience of, buying zips and/or fittings from Waldes in Japan?
    http://www.waldes.co.jp/

    I think they have some things that I need, but how to order and purchase seems rather vague. I can of course contact them, but a bit of information ahead of doing so would be useful.
     
  9. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    That is Stephen Silburn of Sefton clothing. If you have almost any WW11 or similar items, flying helmets , goggles etc he can fix/restore them to as good as new. izavailable is Stephens wife.
     
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  10. chamboid

    chamboid Member

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    I have one I think. Solid brass of a old pair of blue light trousers. You could paint it black.
     
  11. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hello Chamboid,

    Thank you for the offer. I am still waiting for the jacket to arrive (days). Then I will be able to inspect the slider and compare with yours? How does that sounds?

    Regards,

    Dany
     
  12. Juanito

    Juanito Active Member

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    You might try Diamond Dave of Diamond Leather Clothing or even JC of Goodwear, they both use Waldes zipper, Dave perhaps exclusively. I have jackets from each of them equipped with Waldes zippers and thew work just fine.
     
  13. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hi Juanito,

    For the moment I trying to avoid changing the entire zipper. The puller on the slider is defective and an easy fix provided I can find a slider.

    Thank you,

    Dany
     
  14. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hello Chamboid,

    I finally bought a USAF flight suit dated 1958 with like 9 Conmar zippers. At first look they appears similar if not the exact same.

    Anyways, thank you for your offer.

    And for the record: I wrote WWII 55J14 (AER)... I was lazy and copied the info from ebay... Of course, 55J14 were from 1947 to 1952, no WWII here....feel naked in a crowd...

    Dany
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2018
  15. airfrogusmc

    airfrogusmc Well-Known Member

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  16. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    Hello airfrogusmc,

    Like I mentioned, I now have all the sliders I need (around 1958 model), with the flight suit. But I have a Monarch waiting for a full resto that will need the entire zipper.

    Thank you,

    D
     
  17. airfrogusmc

    airfrogusmc Well-Known Member

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    doesn't mash have entire zippers? I have bought several NOS WWII zippers from them over the years. I don't know anyone else that has the selection they do. Maybe greed-bay and wait until one comes up?
     
  18. Dany McDonald

    Dany McDonald Member

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    For that specific job I needed the slider only, not the entire zipper. Actually the puller was missing from the slider that was ok.

    I managed to retrofit the slider with a Comnar from that 1958 suit. It's almost identical and will do the job.

    D
     

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