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Elan Sprint FHC trimming the front pillars

PostPost by: bloodknock » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:17 pm

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Im just looking at refitting the front screen pillar trims in my sprint FHC. I think that one edge of the trim needs to fit under the screen rubber and the other edge under the door trim. The question is, what is the technique to use to get the trim under the screen rubber? Are there any dos and donts i must be aware of?
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:18 pm

No particular tricks just usual patience to work under windscreen rubber first.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:29 pm

If original they'll be very brittle and will not take much bending without shattering. Hair dryer to warm them up may help.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:05 am

Yes - having been in a box for decades they may not be the exact shape they need to be.
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:45 pm

I glued mine to pillar before fitting screen.
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:20 am

I don't think that I'd be gluing them in.
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:59 pm

My screen is fitted, so ive got to get the trim under the screen rubber somehow. I guess its the screwdrive and fairy liquid!
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:23 pm

You should not need fairy liquid, it would be counter productive in terms of holding it in place until you fit the door seal.
But yes some lever required, my preference is a domestic knife to open a greater lengthy at a time.
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PostPost by: vxah » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:25 pm

Buy yourself a cheap set of plastic lever tools! That way if the tool slips it won't damage the trim or worse, chip the screen when the knife point goes through the rubber!
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:33 pm

Ive got previous for assault on cutlery, suspended sentence! aunties wedding present tea knives have lovely fine flexible blades, theyre so tempting! Cmon, how often do we sit down to hight tea with tiny tiny cucumber sandwiches and cup cakes nowadays?
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:59 pm

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He was asking for suggestions.... not your approval!
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PostPost by: MarkDa » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:43 am

Okay - not that i thought i was criticising the OP - my suggestions are:
Install dry after fitting screen without the use of glue.
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PostPost by: bloodknock » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:19 pm

I am most grateful for all input. Of course I reserve the right to choose which suggestions I follow!
Thanks again all
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