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Postby shuvit-tim » 07 Feb 2005, 01:27

has anyone refitted their window seals?

Mine are now well and truly perished and could do with a change. Does anyone now how to change them yourself or is it quite a difficult thing to do? Would I be better of just taking it to auto windscreens!?

I'm in two minds to wait until I get the respray done in the distant future, but if it's do-able myself i'll change them in the spring
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 11:33

You need a special tool to insert the chrome strip in the seal, but apart from that it really is something you could do yourself with a couple of pairs of helping hands. Just put some string or wire inside the seal, pull a corner over the body lip and pull away. I fitted a side window for a guy with a Transit at the scrappy on saturday, it took ten minutes and all we needed was wire and patience.

If it is the windscreen and you are on your own, perhaps a windscreen specialist would be best, they probably aren't too expensive and it saves you the hassle.
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 11:57

wtf? My rear windows (non-opening type) have no chrome strip in the rubber seal.
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Postby Doive » 07 Feb 2005, 12:22

The front and rear windows do. Well, at least mine used to be chrome once upon a time!
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Feb 2005, 12:24

Oh you mean the screens - gotcha. Mine used to be chrome too!!!!
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Postby Neilyman » 07 Feb 2005, 12:40

My chrome strips are more like mucky yellowy coloured now.
Side windows are no problem Ralph, get someone to `steady` them outside while you get inside & push them out with the sole of your foot!...Same string idea to put them back, with some washing up liquid for good measure....dead easy, I had all my glass out when I replaced the crap white plastic headlining with a black brushed nylon one.
You can make a `special tool` for the chrome strips from a length of welding rod, you just need to form a diamond shape in the rod, just big enough for the strip to fit through the inside of the diamond, which spreads the edges or the rubber apart as you drag it through., There`s a pic on page 130 of the Haynes, although you can`t see the full shape, it is like a `squashed diamond` flatter at the bottom!
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Postby Tortron » 08 Feb 2005, 06:20

theres a place here that will redo them for free (once you have paid once) the add has an old chap with some 1950's car (i havnt really looked) he says that he had it done a while ago and that it is starting to leak, the guy says ok then when did you get it done, 1965........

then it says something about it being good for life or the such
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Postby iety2004 » 09 Feb 2005, 04:39

I've changed that silly chrome strip before, or plastic painted silver more like it. I went to a restoration show and they sold it on a roll.

so i bought some and used the special tool, easy job! :D

I fitted my windscreen once, with some engine oil and a screwdriver! Lost my temper once or twice. :x

Got it in tho and it didn't leak, Cash back!
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Postby jifop » 09 Mar 2005, 18:47

i used two screwdrivers to put in the plastic strip
Before you say anything..... no i cant spell or type!

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