Install Roof Rail Weatherstrip - Am I an idiot or what?
Don't ask my wife.
Trying to complete what's going on a 20 year project, the proverbial back-burner, a '68 coupe. Retirement is looming, so I like to surprise all my friends who swear it'll never get done by driving it out to my retirement party (no alcohol that night, but priorities have to be set). So the push is on.
Two part question:
1) Installing roof rail weatherstrip (WS) (Repops). However, installing dry to check fit shows it's a little short - 3" or so. Seems like a lot. If I screw the front in and place the rear where it needs to go, there's too much tension to get it into the channel - just pulls out when I try to stretch it. I would expect it to be taut but I expected a more relaxed fit. So question 1 - is it supposed to be that short and fit that tight? I realize some adhesive is required, which brings me to question #2....
2a) I see from the build manual I'm supposed to use adhesive at 4 places - the first and last 3", and 6" at each curve (A pillar and C pillar). The adhesives called out in the manual (ESB-M2G104-A or ESB-M2G150-A) don't seem to exist any more, and I didn't get any hits on them here at VMF or even through Google (and I thought they knew everything), so I bought 3M WS adhesive. I could cement the front first, since the screw leaves little doubt about positioning, cement the rear next, since positioning here is also pretty straightforward, and then try to get the pillar locations one at a time. Since they'll be taking up all the tension positioning will be critical to make sure the tension is evenly distributed, and the adhesive will have to grab pretty quick.
2b) However, the 3M is a contact cement (seems all the WS adhesives are), which means as soon as it touches itself I'm DONE - my positioning window is over (and as much as I rely on the online tutorials, watching a guy glue WS onto aluminum blocks doesn't help here). So, the Big Question - how do you get the WS into the channel and correctly positioned before the contact cement locks it down? I have seen some other adhesives suggestions (Indian Head gasket, for example), but given the WS tension I think they'd pull away before they set. Guess I could stand there and maintain pressure....
Another thought I had was to place just a thin strip of adhesive in the center of the channel and WS, try to get the WS positioned in the channel (car side), roll it onto the adhesive, then futz with the outside channel.
Been beating my head on this one fro a while. Anyone have any wisdom to impart here?