I'll point out that those were mostly exposed seams, where the welting
served not only to prevent mud, etc. from coming through the seam and
looking bad on the outside, but to cosmetically cover any irregularities
between the sheet metal pieces. Even TR2s used welting for the exposed
seams (which was changed to a stainless steel bead on the TR3).
On Sunday, August 08, 1999 11:13 PM, Joe Curry [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> I have seen a lot of messages on the subject announcing how this strip
> is "unnecessary". Perhaps it is. If Triumph deemed it unnecessary, who
> are we to question this?
> However, Most car manufacturers that used bolt on fenders in the past
> used a rubber (or synthetic rubber) welting that went between these
> metal parts. Most even allowed it to show as a decorative bead between
> the parts. There must be some reason to do this. After all, millions
> upon millions of Volkswagen Beetles were equipped this way and certainly
> they must have known something.