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#1425383 Tue Sep 28 2021 05:06 PM
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I'm nearly ready to paint my 1953 interior. I have replaced the inner cowl panels, so I now need to install a foot or two of the channel that the windlace slides into. I assume that I should drill a few holes in the center of the track and then weld it to the inner cowl panel. I'm a little concerned about grinding those welds flat enough to allow the new rubber to slide freely. I'll appreciate any advice regarding this. I also wondered if there is an adhesive that would work well enough that it wouldn't even need to be welded. I also wondered about possibly tack welding the new channel on the front edge, where it wouldn't show anyway. HELP

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Mike - like you described, I drilled 1/8" holes in the center of the track about 3" apart and plug welded it to the inner cowl panel. I then ground the weld so as to not interfere with the rubber installation. It worked out well for me. Just make sure to use a low heat setting on your welder so you don't blow through the track. They are not very thick. Good luck!!


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I did the same as Charlie when I replaced the lower portion of the tracks.

A small hole and a short blip with the MIG does the trick. You're doing it in the blind but sticking the cup centered on the track and pulling the trigger worked OK. I used a 3" cutoff disc to clean up the welds.

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