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Old 07-28-2020, 09:00 PM   #1
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I took the aluminum trim off of the rear windshield of my 242 to strip the black paint off and polish the aluminum. I was successful with all of that, but now I am really struggling to get this trim back on. This is the 2 section trim with a clip to cover the seams where they join on the top and bottom of the rear glass. The upper part of the molding hooks into the split on the rubber gasket that goes around the whole rear glass. So I have to get all of this trim back in by hooking into the top, bottom, left and right of the rubber gasket. Ive been able to slide the lower trim into the gasket, and then get the lower left and right corners hooked in as well, but from there I canít get the upper part in without bending the trim, witch Iíve already done quite a bit and itís making it harder and harder. Thereís got to be something Iím doing wrong. Does any one have any suggestions?
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Old 07-28-2020, 09:39 PM   #2
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You need to use a piece of rope (or leather cord) to open the slot in the rubber so that you can get the molding started then use the rope to pull it in.

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Old 07-28-2020, 09:53 PM   #3
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Jeez.... that’s going to be fun. Thanks for the quick reply, there’s no way I would of figured that out.
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Old 07-28-2020, 11:54 PM   #4
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Old 07-29-2020, 01:33 PM   #5
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Take your time and use another person to gently help you hold the trim against the rubber. Not too hard because you want the rope to pull the trim and rubber together but enough to keep it close so it goes in.
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:59 AM   #6
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I’m not looking forward to doing this. I think I really bent/twisted this trim up when removing it. I wish I stripped the paint off while it was still attached to the car. The rubber molding was totally packed full of dirt and debris, it must’ve sat under trees for a long time. I guess it’s good I got that all cleared out. I have definitely learned a lot so far. Thanks
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Old 07-31-2020, 11:13 AM   #7
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Convert to the 90+ all rubber seal.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:48 PM   #8
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I got blind-sided by this when I painted my '81 242. I had noticed there were gaps at the top corners between the edge of the window opening and the rubber. It looked like the rubber had shrunk. So I removed the glass and rubber before painting to insure the frame was rust free and got painted.

I wanted to insure a leak proof seal so I installed the rubber with GE silicon in the grove and similarly the glass. I was very happy with the fit and seal of both the rubber and glass. I then tried to install the trim and discovered the corner radii of the trim did not match. I was very pissed at Volvo.

So, I said screw the trim, a good seal was way more important. I had the idea that if I really missed the trim I might try some stainless tape.
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