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Old 05-09-2021, 06:35 AM
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Great work Jack. That top really suits the car.
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Old 05-09-2021, 07:13 PM
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I installed the rear portion of the headliner then started installing the weather seals. Along the rear edge I'm using a soft double bead seal that has peel and stick adhesive tape on the back side. The adhesive tape would probably stick well to a smooth or painted surface, but I didn't think it would stay on the fabric so I brushed on some contact adhesive onto the fabric, then stuck the seal down to that. It ain't going nowhere.


I modified the CTS side window seals a while ago so those are an easy install. I'll use the same seal in front over the windshield as I did along the back edge.
So, I'm down to mounting the four latch pins on the back, the rear bow and joining the ends of the weather seals before I can flip the roof over and install the rear window.


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Old 05-29-2021, 06:27 PM
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I'm back. I got the third bow back from the welder. It's good. All proud/no undercut. I smoothed out the weld and drilled, bent, polished, and installed it.


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I installed the rear latch pins but left them loose. When I put the roof back on the car, I'll clamp down the front latches then let the rear latch pins align themselves. The latch pins are tapered cone shaped. The latches on the car are also cupped in a cone shape so they will self center when the weight pushes down. Once they're in the right location, I'll lock them down.


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These are cross sections of the weather seal for the rear window. The one on the left was what I got originally but the slot on the body side (red arrow) was too narrow. I got another seal with a wider slot (green arrow). The new one is 1/4" on the glass side and 1/4" on the body side. I needed to use a wider slot because of the thicker gusseting on the corners and build up of the upholstery inside and out. I didn't allow enough for that when I got the first seal.


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This window fought me from the very beginning and continued to the bitter end. I managed to get it installed but it took some time. This is a two piece molding, it gets a lock strip down the middle to spread out the seal and snug it down to tighten everything up. That's not installed yet but the window is in and seated.


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Old 05-29-2021, 07:50 PM
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Fantastic work Jack.

The seals your using, are they from a source that a home hobbyist could buy from? Do that have a web site that you could recommend if they do sell to blokes like me? I have a door seal that I can't get and maybe they have a similar style that I could use.

Appreciate any help you can provide.

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Old 05-29-2021, 08:15 PM
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https://www.rockauto.com/en/tools/bo...ing+/+seal,766


https://www.rockauto.com/en/tools/bo...therstrip,1430
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I bought my metro seals from there too as cheaper than directly from the manufacture. Good quality seals.
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Old 05-30-2021, 06:01 PM
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Hi Guys,

Thank you for the information. Not a place I would think of as a first choice, I was figuring you were using a auto seal specific vendor.

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Old 05-31-2021, 07:58 AM
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There's also a wholesaler nearby called CR Laurence that handles all kinds of hardware. If you have a friend with a business license you can order from them. The problem there is that they sell weather seals by the 100 ft rolls. So even though you're paying less per foot, the overall cost is higher. Rock sells 25 ft rolls.
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Old 06-30-2021, 02:11 PM
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These are a couple glass installation tools. They were made by Chrysler/Boeing long before I was born. One is used to open the groove where the lock strip fits into the window seal. The other inserts the lock strip into the groove. The lock strip slides into the top of the tool and exits at the business end of it. You loop the strip through the wire end and insert the end of the strip in the groove of the seal.


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Working from left to right, and using some soapy water, you push the tool along inside the groove and slide the lock strip in. The wire end of the tool spreads the groove open so the strip can fit in.


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