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Had the same problem with my 57 ....called the restoration department at Casco...was told that it could not be slid into place and must be installed by pushing it into the channel with a small screwdriver...tried to do that without success...if any one has a better idea ...would love to know.
Yes...I know precisely what you are saying...I had the exactly same problem...my weather strip is now resting comfortably on a storage shelf!!!Well, I tried the silicone spray and got about 12” to slide in then hard stop! So I tried a dull rounded putty knife and a small screwdriver. With a lot of force it took me 30 minutes to get 16” in, then I came up to the curve and another hard stop! I did notice the grove around the curve was tighter. I also noticed that the screwdriver was roughing up the rubber. Silicone didn’t seem to help. This is going to be a real chore!
So did you not slide it through the channel? You pushed it in? What do you mean by “inside square part” of the rubber?Ok, I figured it out! I was trying to put the outside in first and then to shove the square end of the rubber on the backside too hard! So what I did is I put the inside square part of the rubber in the channel then took a plastic spudger tool sometimes known as a interior tool but a half inch wide,rounded on the ends,not sharp, then wiped down the channel and the rubber with silicone and with the back part in the channel you go from the outside and push the slightly tapered part end of the rubber into the channel. Took about an hour. Since you’re working on the outside do not use metal tools because you’ll scratch the stainless if you slip!
Got it. Thanks. It went in that way easy until I got to a curve. I think I will need to do this is spurts.Inside means closest to the inside (headliner side) outside means outside the top like where you are standing. I assume you have the top upside down? Look at my picture the plastic tool is on the outside so the inside of that channel would be towards the large rubber gasket around the bottom of the top if that makes sense. Lay the weather stripping around the bottom of the hardtop along the big rubber weatherstripping then take the square and or square side of the small weatherstripping and push it into the channel closest to the big weatherstripping then take the tool and push the outside of the weatherstripping down into the channel my picture shows the tool on the outside of the channel. Hope that helps.
Check out my post on how to do that. You can’t slide it in I did a post with pictures you need to use a plastic spudger tool.