The Coupe was missing most of the door furniture and the trims are not really correct
The door cappings and trims were removed and inspected
The trims were cut to allow the door lock escutcheons to be fitted, as the door trims are incorrect repairs had to be carried out to allow the fitting of the door furniture
At this time the holes to allow the fitting of the footmans loop checkstraps were also created. The trims were then fitted to the car. The window winder handle locking pin holes had to be reworked as they were too small for the pins to be fitted. Some slight adjustments were made to allow smooth operation of the windows. Otherwise all is well.
Before beginning the removal of the rest of the rivets, I found that the left A pillar windscreen moulding that we originally thought would be difficult to remove proved to be easier than expected, so no need to remove the header rail
Now it was time to tackle all of the rivets on the left A pillar windlace retainer with the Dremel tool
After masking everything as best possible it took around two hours to grind off the heads off the rivets and then driving out the remains out with a centre punch. This enabled the removal of the retainer and the remains of the original windlace.
Been putting it off for some time but the time has come to get it done!
Windlace is the weatherstrip that fits around the door aperture.
On an older car the strip is fitted via a number of methods, nails, rivets and retaining strips and sometimes even glue.
First job was to refurbish the upper retaining strips on both doors
A lot of old oddly coloured paint and two different sorts of windlace side to side was found.
First job was to start sanding the pieces down and treating them with Hammerite Direct to Rust paint on the rear.
Next activity was to prep the front of the strips and apply four coats of filler primer. After the primer had dried for 24 hours it was then lightly flatted with 2500 wet and dry abrasive. After this the surfaces were cleaned with pre-painting wipes. Following this four coats of top coat were then applied.
Back soon with Part 2