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Coastalman

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As I continue to do the little fixes on my 1962 MGA I run into small projects that I am sure someone has done before and has an answer to my questions. Today I am replacing the rubber on the side curtains. What is the best way to put the long strip of rubber into the frame. Should I put soapy water in the channel and pull it through the slot or should I try to work it into the channel a bit at a time with a flat screwdriver? Or, is there another way I should try?
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Charlie
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Coastalman

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Well, I did not get any advice so I used dish soap and then, starting at the hard angle, I worked the rubber sloooowly into the channel. I worked away from the angle, both ways. I used a small flat blade screwdriver and, with a twisting motion, I pushed the edge of the rubber into the channel. I worked at about a 1/16 of an inch at a time. I did get the rubber worked into the channel all the way around by doing this. The dish soap allowed the rubber to ease into the channel as I pushed it. Slow but sure.
Charlie
 

Mickey Richaud

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Sorry no one stepped up to the plate, Charlie, but sounds like your method worked.

What's next on the agenda?

Mickey
 

Coastalman

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Hi Mickey,
New tie rod ends went on this week. I have ordered a set of contact rebuild kits for the right rear light along with a new top. There really isn't a lot that needs to be done now except drive my car when the cooler weather finally hits. There is an interesting accessory under the hood/bonnet that I have never seen before. Maybe you have run across one at some point. There is a vertical cylinder into which ice is placed on a very hot day. The fuel line runs through it and it cools the fuel before it gets to the carbs to prevent vapor locking when driving slow, like in a parade. Have you ever seen one?
Charlie
 

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Can't say I have. Interesting, though; almost sounds home-made.
 

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Regarding the rebuilding of side curtains. I need to replace the plexiglass panels on my 62 Sprite. I’m thinking of buying a sheet of Lexan and cutting/shaping to size. However, I also see AH Spares have a set in stock for $20 to $30. But I’m not sure if all side screen panels are created equal. From all the reading I’ve been doing, it seems like there are several different side curtains. So I’m not sure how I know if what I’m buying will fit the frames I have. So that brings me to thinking it’s better to make your own. With that in mind, what is the best material to use, plexiglass or Lexan? Or is there anything new on the market that would be better for side curtain material. Anyone have any experience with making these panels that can provide some insight?
Thanks for any help you may be able to provide. Magyar
 

DrEntropy

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Not side curtains, rather the quarter-lights of an MGB factory hardtop. Went to a local sign shop with rough dimensions (length & width) and a measured thickness with micrometer. The thickness is about the most critical in my case, suspect same for the side curtains. Material had to be ordered as the thickness was odd. Plexiglass. Lexan seemed overkill. Used the old window pane as a pattern. As long as the plexi is washed/cleaned with soft cloth, no scratches so far, it's been good since 2006 in Florida sunshine.

Same sign shop made me the caution sign in one side quarter-light:

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Grantura_MKI

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I have had bad luck with Lexan rear screens. They seem to crack for no apparent reason. Went back to Plexi with no problems. Not worth the extra money in my experience.
 

DrEntropy

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I was being 'diplomatic' about the Lexan. Plain and simple, it's brittle. And seems to become more-so with exposure to the elements.
 

Grantura_MKI

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Ah, that’s why I didn’t recognize...
lexan screen was fitted in the shop, never out side and broke in a week. Another lost its shape before being fitted.
 

PAUL161

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Cool cans were and still are used in some cases in the racing circuit. I've seen them used in drag racing when running Methional, which must be kept cool. Not sure why one would be used in a road car running on gasoline.
 
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