Could anyone please advise what holds window felts in place on rear side frames for a '26 Tudor? These are the 2 side felt channels that the glass slides up and down in. Are they glued in place? Im thinking any rivet / screw in the channel would catch the glass?
Here is the top part of frame note the single hole, does something go here to keep felt in place?
Here is the bottom part of the frame note here is an elongated hole that the brackets below would fit but again any screw in the channel would catch the glass.
Here are the brackets only 4 are supplied they will only locate on the bottom frame holes.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as usual.
Thanks in advance John
I am getting ready to replace these glass channels in my 26 Fordor. When I took the old ones out there was a small bracket that fit into the top of the channel and had a tab to catch in the upper hole. When I go out later I will try to find one and post a pic if no one beats me to it.
If I remember correctly, there is a tab connection at the bottom and a hook arrangement at the top. The tab goes into a sliding opening at the bottom and allows the hook to be hooked at the top. The entire felt then is pulled down so as to stay in place.
This is an old bottom tab. You can see that the oval shape would fit into the slot.
Here is a new hook applied to a new felt with the old one next to it. Hope this helps.
The supplied hooks are attached to the ends of the channel felts with rivets. The lower hook is inserted first, the felt is then pulled upward and the top hook is inserted. Then move the felt downward slightly. A little RTV on the back side will help to hold it in place. I don't recall for sure but you may have to do one side, insert the glass and slide the second piece down over the edge of the glass while it is in place.
I always found it easier to install the felt with glass already between them. You can't slide the felt past the glass with the hooks on. I insert the bottom hooks with a piece of tape to keep it from falling down. I leave the top loose and slide the glass between them to the bottom. Then just pull the felts up and hook.
It's better to dry fit them first in case the rails or glass need adjustment. The glass should move up and down freely with just a hint of drag. Once you know they'll fit then disassemble and apply adhesive on the bottom half. Assemble as above with adhesive on the upper half.
That is great many thanks for your all responses they really have been helpful. We are putting all this back together from a pile of bits someone else took apart. I will have a couple of other questions that I will post later. Thanks again.
Here in Wisconsin and maybe other places, that car is called a 'bitsa' car. A little bit of this car and a little bit of that car. Most older cars are Bitsa's, but yours might be closer than most. Good luck and don't be afraid to ask any question. You are sure to get some response.