1967 Volkswagen Beetle EXT: chrom seals, psmirror, body trim

Tiny
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1967 Volkswagen Beetle Engine Size unknown Two Wheel Drive Manual unknow miles

ok srry but I finally figured this out, I have the 67 volkswagen bug, im replacing the chrome and window seals, but I dont know how to put the new chrome on the new seals, and if I can bend the chrome by hand or use a machine to do it. And I am replacing the passenger side mirror and I need to know what kind of pin goes into the hitch, and where I can get them. And also I need to determin if I can reuse the peices/clips from the side body trim, there was a chrome body trim that had ran along both side of the vehicle, and I have the new chrome but no peices/clips, and I was wondering if I can reuse them or if I had to buy new ones and where I can find them, thnx so much for any of your advise, iam doing this cuz my stepdad is never around cuz he is a crew chief in the arca remax series and its a gift to him from just me for putting up with me for the past 5 or 6 years im only 16 and clueless hehehehehe and I bought everything myself and I need to ahve it done by the time he gets done with this comming seasononce again thnx

John (NC)
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Friday, December 28th, 2007 AT 8:13 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there,

if you are replacing the rubber seals, just cut them with a sharp blade to remove the screens, re fitting is another matter, this is something that has to be shown rather than described as it is more the technique than operation, you may be best to look up a manual on body repairs, or talk to a panel beater.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Friday, December 28th, 2007 AT 8:47 PM
Tiny
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Mhpautos requested that I fill in some of the blanks here.

To remove the glass, cut the seals with a box knife and press out firmly. It helps to have someone on the outside of the car supporting the glass so it does not fall to the ground.

To install the new seal you will need a seal installer. You can buy one at any autoparts store, or you can make one yourself with 1/8 inch nylon cord and a piece of copper tubing.

I've found that it's easier to warm the seal up first by using a hair dryer or leaving it in the sun for a bit. To install the glass back onto the car, first fit the new seal over the edges of the glass. Run the cable for the seal installer inside the lip of the seal that attaches to the car, letting the loose end and the handle end cross over in a "fishtale" at the bottom.

The placement of the cord into the seals outer lip is the trickiest part. I like to smash down the end of my copper tube to make it a bit easier to push the cord into the seal.

Once the cord is in place its time to reinstall the glass. Start on the outside of the car. Before pressing the window in make sure you place both ends of your installer cord inside the car so you can get to them. Press the window into place from the outside. I find it easier to start at the bottom.

Next go inside the car. The glass should be able to support itself with no problem, but in the interest of safety its best to have someone brace it or tack it in place with some painter's tape. From inside the car hold one end of the cord tight in one hand and use the other to pull the seal into place.

When you fit the window from the outside it got the outside lip of the seal in position, and the cord will do the same for the inside. Pull the tag end of the cord towards the center of the glass, working your way around the perimeter. When you finish the circle you cord will be removed, and the new seal installed.

One note of interest for your beetle- the headliner is held in place partially by the rear windshield seal. If you plan on eventually replacing your headliner, now is the time to do it so you don't have to destroy a new seal down the road.
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Saturday, December 29th, 2007 AT 1:48 AM

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