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GT windshield molding-the factory method

To: dave houser <>
Subject: GT windshield molding-the factory method
From: Stuart MacMillan <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 10:07:38 -0700
I think I've finally figured out how they did this at the factory.  

I found a picture in the Clausager book of the specialist at the factory
working in the trim on a GT's windshield (an unfortunate lime green
one).  He is working the rubber over the edges of the trim piece, one
end of which is sticking up out of the seal, with what looks like a
small screwdriver or blade.  After close inspection, I noticed the
windshield is smeared with grease around all the edges where his hands
have contacted it.  

>From this I'm deducing that the he did not try to slide the trim in
(which I have never been able to do), but greased up the rubber, placed
the trim in position (corner pieces first), and slowly worked in one
edge at a time.  It's entirely possible that he had other tricks we
can't see in the photo, such as a heat gun to soften the rubber a bit.

Yikes, there is no easy way to do this!  So, stock up on silicone grease
before you tackle this job!

Stuart MacMillan

'84 Vanagon Westfalia w/2.1
'65 MGB (Daily driver since 1969)
'74 MGB GT (Restoring sloooowly)

Personal mechanic for:
'70 MGB GT (Daughter's)

Assisting on Restoration (and spending OPM):
'72 MGB GT (Was daughter's, now son's)
'64 MGB (Son's)

Stripped and gone but their parts live on:
'68 MGB, '73 MGB, '67 MGB GT

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