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Old 11-23-2019, 09:22 PM   #1
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What is an easy way to install the wind lace into the wind lace retainers for a 56 bel air? Do you apply a lubricant or heat the retainers to pull the wind lace through? Any videos out there?
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What is an easy way to install the wind lace into the wind lace retainers for a 56 bel air? Do you apply a lubricant or heat the retainers to pull the wind lace through? Any videos out there?
For my 55 four door, I had the retainers off the car. I essentially pulled them through by force. I did smooth out the retainer with sandpaper. You may want to use some beeswax on the retainer to help slide the windlace through. If memory serves me it was a bear.
Measure to make sure the material goes by the dash overhang when the retainer is mouted.
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I didn`t use any lubricant when i installed mine. I sat it on the picnic table, top end up. Then started the end that goes to the bottom in the top end and just worked it down. It shouldn`t slide down real easy or it won`t stay in the slot. You will need about 4-5" sticking out the bottom end when finished.
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Sanding the insides down definitely helps. I have had to take a flat head and slightly pry the mouth of it open if they're too tight. Not a lot though. Like Chevman said, it needs to be somewhat tight or it won't stay in the channel. Also, I mount my down to a work bench. And sometimes ill use windex as a lubricant too
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If you accomplished that feat then you are a WHOLE lot stronger than me or your retainers are somewhat rusted, because i couldn`t even start to spread my retainers apart. I tried.
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Thanks guys for your responses. I'll mount them in my work bench vise and apply a small amount of lubricant to pull them through from top to bottom as suggested!
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I used silicone spray in the groove. It was still hard, but doable.
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If you accomplished that feat then you are a WHOLE lot stronger than me or your retainers are somewhat rusted, because i couldn`t even start to spread my retainers apart. I tried.
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Oh believe me, they're very strong haha. Much stronger than me. So its not like I'm opening it very much. Honestly, if you looked at a before and after photo you probably couldn't tell a difference. Most leather and vinyls are 1/16th thick. Which it'll be doubled up so 1/8th thick at the end of the day. So it really doesn't need to open much. Just enough to make it easier to slide in.
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