[xk] Vent window seals

Bill Hutchison wrote: "I’m having a hard time fitting the quarter vents in
an XK 120 DHC. The seal
kit I bought is too thick and very difficult if not impossible to trim to a
uniform size. "

Bill,
I had the same problem, but fortunately didn’t break the glass. The vent
seal rubber from the usual vendors is way too thick. Why? I don’t know. But
I spent a lot of time grinding down the rubber…not an easy task. I used
my Dremel tool and sharp knives. When I finally got a fit, I glued them in
place with weatherstrip adhesive and closed the vent windows tightly for a
week or so to let the rubber get used to the fit.

Same thing with the window channel felt for the FHC. Way too thick. I
tried cutting it to size and finally said the hell with it and re-used the old
material.

Carl Hanson
Bedford, MA
1951 Jaguar XK120 FHC #679012

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Thanks Carl. Looks like the hard way is the only way. It’s always good to
know you’re not missing an easy solution.
Bill
54 XK 120 DHC-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:09 AM
To: xk@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [xk] Vent window seals

Bill Hutchison wrote: "I’m having a hard time fitting the quarter vents in
an XK 120 DHC. The seal
kit I bought is too thick and very difficult if not impossible to trim to a
uniform size. "

Bill,
I had the same problem, but fortunately didn’t break the glass. The vent
seal rubber from the usual vendors is way too thick. Why? I don’t know.
But
I spent a lot of time grinding down the rubber…not an easy task. I used
my Dremel tool and sharp knives. When I finally got a fit, I glued them in
place with weatherstrip adhesive and closed the vent windows tightly for a
week or so to let the rubber get used to the fit.

Same thing with the window channel felt for the FHC. Way too thick. I
tried cutting it to size and finally said the hell with it and re-used the
old
material.

Carl Hanson
Bedford, MA
1951 Jaguar XK120 FHC #679012

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In reply to a message from CHansonjag@AOL.COM sent Sat 27 Jun 2009:

I got my first set of seals from Moss Motors about 20 years ago,
and they fit fine, but I doubt they even stock them any longer. I
got my second set from an Eastern European company about 4 years
ago, and they fit perfectly. The second source used to advertise on
Ebay, but I haven’t seen their listing for some time. Both sets
initially appeared to be too thick, but when forced into the
channel around the glass (with the help of some silicone spray and
a blunt screw driver), they snapped into place. The seals are
tight, without the need of any weatherstrip adhesive, but require a
light coating of silicone (Sil-Glide) for the vents to open and
close easily.
Neither set came with the rubber lip seal for the back of the
glass. Bill Bassett sells that by the foot for just a few dollars.
NAYYY.
Joel–
ex jag, '66 E-type S1 4.2, '56 XK140dhc, '97 XJ-6
Denison, TX, United States
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