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Plus 2 sill moulding fitting

PostPost by: TonyA » Wed Mar 22, 2023 3:26 pm

I had successfully removed my dented sill moulding ( the one below the door) basically by pressing from above, and unclipping it from the bottom, clip by clip. The old adage that replacement is the reverse seems not to be applying and I don't want to damage anything. Any advice/tips/ tools on how to fit the new moulding back on the clips (which are the original riveted 'J' profile type, ..Thx..Tony

PS I got the new mouldings from SJ Sportscars if anyone interested. They are high quality (non magnetic) stainless.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Mar 22, 2023 4:04 pm

Don't forget the rubber bungs for each end.
Maybe new trim is narrower. Easy to make clips from stainless.
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PostPost by: alanr » Wed Mar 22, 2023 6:24 pm

Apologies for jumping in on this but any idea where to get the sill trim end bungs from? i have been looking for these for some time.

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PostPost by: Gazzerb » Wed Mar 22, 2023 7:52 pm

Alan

On my original cill strips, the 'bung' is just a small strip of black neoprene foam about 5/16" wide glued to the back of the strip and trimmed off flush with the ends.
Attached sketch from my notes should clarify.

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PostPost by: alanr » Wed Mar 22, 2023 8:51 pm

Thanks.. :D
However the original ones I have in my memory from back in the day ,which admittedly could be completely wrong, are more of a hard rubber/plastic material with a recess that pushed part way into the strip.

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PostPost by: TonyA » Wed Mar 22, 2023 10:32 pm

Interesting digressions, but can anyone help with my original question: advice/ tips on how to fit the sill moulding onto the clips..Thx..Tony
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PostPost by: mbell » Wed Mar 22, 2023 11:40 pm

Hook it over the angled part of the clips, push other edge against curved part. If it won't push on then try gentle taps with a rubber mallet or similar?

Just need to get it to "pop" over the clip.
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PostPost by: 3261R » Thu Mar 23, 2023 1:19 am

Just did mine with new stainless clips and new trimpiece.
Found the easiest way was to hook it over the top of the clip then give it a smart thump at a downward angle with the heel of my hand. Hand was a bit sore after doing both sides!
The end profile of the trim is not symmetrical - I hooked the smaller edge over the top.
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PostPost by: Donels » Fri Mar 24, 2023 11:23 am

Something like Vaseline or maybe WD40 may help.
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