Thanks for the replies - here's an update:
Decided to cut a small shaving off the leading edge (part of "T" facing
bonnet) and then 'slide' the weather stripping into the channel. I did this
after a complete cleaning of all the crap in the channel - including
dissolving unidentified particles with acetone. The shaved portion was
probably no more than 1cm, so it was still a job to 'slide' it into place. I
did NOT, however decide to use any sealer - the fit seemed plenty tight.
It took two people and considerable blood, sweat and tears - but it's now in
I have to wonder about the manufacture of this piece. It would seem to me
that this rubber piece would be made through a mold - although it has been
mentioned that it may be some extrusion process. Anyone know? Just wondering
since it appears that some folks have had perfect fits and others, myself
included, have gotten pieces that simply could not be forced into place
without a chemical reaction.
From: ldsp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Robert J Carlson <email@example.com>; firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 1:04 PM
Subject: Re: Windshield to body weather stripping (bugeye)
>Anybody feel free to jump right in and correct me if they know of an easier
>way but here is how I got it to work, although it was a pain in the a**.
>Make sure the T groove in the frame is very clean and there are no old
>pieces of gasket hidden in it ( find or make like an L shaped dental pick
>tap run down the groves and you will be sure of having all the trash out of
>it. Then lots of soap and water ( or silicone spray ) to lube up the track
>with. One person feeding the strip and one person pulling on the strip, you
>want to keep the T strip pulling down the groove though as it is really
>to get it back in the groove if it comes out ( due to too much upward
>pulling motion ). You can use needle nose pliers as you should have plenty
>to cut off after you get it all the way across. DO NOT LOOSE YOUR PATIENCE
>as it will take a little while to pull & feed it across the frame. Trim
>slowly when you do the ends so as to not cut it back too far and not seal
>the windshield post gaskets.
>From: Robert J Carlson <email@example.com>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>Date: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 12:19 PM
>Subject: Windshield to body weather stripping (bugeye)
>>Has anyone recently installed new weather stripping between the bottom of
>>the windscreen and the body on a bugeye? After fighting with the
>>installation for a few hours, I've come to the conclusion that no amount
>>lubricant would enable this to be done. After talking with a local glass
>>shop, they suggested that the rubber could be cut down for a better fit
>>then 'sealed' with a common weather stripping seal.
>>My guess is that the leading edge of the "T" on the rubber couls be
>>cut to fit - then sealed. (Assuming that the press fit onto the body would
>>exert most of the stress to the back edge of the "T"?)
>>Any other thoughts would be appreciated.