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+2 rear screen rubber corner joint

PostPost by: prezoom » Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:06 am

In the US, the locking strip is fairly universal. It is the same that was used on my 78 Chevy PU, and on my Sabra GT and Elva Mk4T Coupe, as well as both Lotus. It comes in 100' rolls.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:05 am

After taking Brian Buckland for a ride in my car, he pointed out my non mitered lockstrip. He told me that it needed to be mitered at the corners to be original. I did not argue with him, but I have seen 2 original unmolested Sprints, and they had a single joint in the lower middle.
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PostPost by: Chrispy » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:37 am

elancoupe wrote:After taking Brian Buckland for a ride in my car, he pointed out my non mitered lockstrip. He told me that it needed to be mitered at the corners to be original. I did not argue with him, but I have seen 2 original unmolested Sprints, and they had a single joint in the lower middle.


Being a Lotus I would expect that it depended on the bloke in the factory on the day... Pretty sure mine is mitred, and appears that it might even be original.
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PostPost by: mbell » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:01 pm

Photos of mine, obviosily needs new seal fitting as seal is all dried out. You can see the filler strip is trying to straighten out in the corners and ruins the corner profile. I can't see how you can avoid that happening when fitting a single piece strip with center join. The corner seal will move and always try to straighten.

If you mitre them they may pull away at the corners leaving a messy looking gap but the corner profile should stay.

Very much down to personal preference on which looks worse when the strip ages.
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PostPost by: EPC 394J » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:16 am

Quite a few pictures of the ‘non mitred’ filler strip now. Many of us saying that was the original fit. Anybody care to post pictures of mitred corners for comparison? Especially any believed to have been original? Or that have been fitted for a few years?

I’m genuinely interested to see how they both look, and survive.

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PostPost by: types26/36 » Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:42 pm

Here are some pics of my Sprint and my old S3, originally all had non mitered corners although they were all replaced over time, I had the S3 front mitered when the screen was replaced but I left the Sprint continuous.
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PostPost by: jono » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:14 pm

I mitred mine - tried non mitred but could not get it to work.

Very happy with it - never leaked in 5 years and looks 'correct' IMHO
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PostPost by: The Veg » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:31 pm

EPC 394J wrote:Just don’t forget the loctite glue wherever the rubber joins!


Which glue, exactly?
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PostPost by: EPC 394J » Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:59 pm

I believe Loctite 406 is the adhesive to use.

It’s certainly what I used, and it worked instantly.
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