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    Side screen location.

    Getting ready to have my side screens recovered. Having seen a pair of side screens recovered by TRF. I realized what mine are missing. They have no covering on the window frame. Have I set the frame too far forward on the door? Want to get that correct before I send them off to TRF.

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    Re: Side screen location.

    I cannot tell by the pics David, but the side curtain looks too low. I had this really cool old tr guy show once how he did his curtains. He would mount the brackets to the curtain then get best fit he could by holding the curtain in place then trace out the bracket onto the door panel and then fasten the bracket down. The brackets usually have an up or down slotted screw hole for up and down, so start in the middle of the slot. For tipping them back and forth, a little bit movement on the bracket can make a lot of movement on the curtain. He also told to me plug the old holes with wooden dowels and re-drill everything, but I believe your car is metal. If you have a hard top, the side curtains will sit about an inch lower.

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    Re: Side screen location.

    Thank you.

    At the moment I am completely missing the covering material on the side screen window frame. That is what is making me concerned that I may be off. Coming up may help as I am very tight between the body above the door and the front bottom edge of the screen.

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    Re: Side screen location.

    As Steve wrote, you may be a bit low. The "missing" material is simply a thick fold of material that extends out from the inside edge of the frame about 3/8 to 1/2", depending on how TRF finishes it. Here are the things you are looking for while fitting:

    1) The forward rail of the frame must be parallel to the windscreen post, and leave about 1/2" measured from the frame into and fully forward within the slot in the windscreen post. This is the MOST important measurement during the fitting, as that material fitting into the slot stops water from blowing directly in your face.

    2) The top rail of your frame must reach above the material flap hanging down on the inside of your top. It must reach the flap, but cannot go any higher than the edge of the outer top material. Parallel is best, but not at the cost of losing your forward frame rail alignment. Closer to the outside top material is also better for sealing.

    3) Ensure the rear rail also lies on top of the inner top material flap. This is the least important fit...but it still must overlap the inner top flap material.

    If you study the windscreen post and top material, you will see how they designed a sealing flap to capture the "missing" tab on your sidescreen. Once you understand how the seal works, you can best align the frame to optimize sealing. Remember, the priority is front, then top, and finally rear fit.

    The frame will be fit at TRF to match the acetate windows, so they may alter the angle of the frame slightly. This means you may have to adjust the fit after the rebuild, but if you fit the brackets with a bare frame, it should be close enough to adjust later.

    It's a fun time when you get to this stage!
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    Re: Side screen location.

    Hello John

    Thank you. I should have pulled up your old thread on side screens.

    I did get new TRF windows but could not see what held the front section in place. Albert said that it was sown in but as I had no covering on the frame I could not understand what he was refering to. At a show another TR3 had new side screens so I could see Albert meant.

    I intend to get my side screens off to TRF shortly.
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    Re: Side screen location.

    Great...if you already have the window acetate you can use that to make sure the angles on the frame are correct. The window plastic will dictate the final angle of the front rail of the frame.

    If you read my sidescreen thread you likely saw that I actually cut and welded the rear frame to get the best angle at the top and rear of the window opening. The TR2 uses a flimsy vinyl window, while your car will use the hard acetate. The hard acetate will drive your frame angles all around.
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