I tried to search out the archives, but keep getting an error. What did Ford use to hold the headlight gasket in place? Thanks.
Ed, I don't know what ford used but what works for me is a touch of clear weatherstrip adhesive. Takes very little. KGB
Ford probably didn't use anything but a slightly dampened cord so it was pliable or the gaskets were preformed for assembly. I would expect that the lights were preassembled on a bench fixture face up then routed to the assembly line after the fenders were in place. In factory photos, you never see just the buckets in place. The cars have lights or they don't.
I found a few dabs of rubber cement worked just fine. Just need to hold them in place long enough to get the lens on, then the gasket can't move.
From the parts list in the encyclopedia:
GASKET (Headlamp door lens)
Jan 15 6578 1915 1915-27 .05
Aug 22 6578 .03
Oct 27 6578 1915-27 .03
I use a hot glue gun to install the headlight gaskets.
I used a few dabs of my daughter's stick-type school paste on the gasket at the 12, 3, and 9 o'clock position between the gasket and the reflector.