June 13, 2011

window lockstrips

You can see from the photos that the lockstrips in the window seal gaskets are really weathered. Years of exposure to the elements causes the material to shrink, harden and discolor. In some areas it can shrink excessively (over 2 inches). I got a couple of recommendations for http://www.restorationspecialties.com/ from various people including members of the NWSOC.

On the 1977 99 5DR there are 3 sizes of lock strips. One for the windscreen, a smaller one for the rear window and an even smaller one for the rear quarter tear drop windows.

The samples arrived:

The top piece is an original from the tear drop window.
The center piece is WLS416 which may work for the door pulls
The bottom piece is WLS848 for the windshield

I’ve also been told to try WLS100 and WLS466 for the rear and side windows. Will update the post when I know.

It looks like they’ll have just what I need and thankfully the gaskets all look to be in good shape and can be reused as long as we take the glass out carefully. The center strip in the picture won’t work for the windows, but I found a use for it. The door pulls all have a plastic chrome strip that has also shrunk and become damaged. When I get around to restoring the interior, I’ll be sure to have several feet of it for them.

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