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So after rebushing the door hinges the next step is fitting new door seals......which I know having read the threads should be fun (Then realigning the doors :crying2: )

So far I've only managed to remove one chrome cover but was relieved to find no nasty gremlins (Well at least on the surface).

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On the other sills I have rounded off the last screw on the interior side of the trim, it won't budge.......ideas of dealing with it knowing I can't afford any slips a scratch the sill.
I was think of a set of Screw extractor drills bits?
Also 3 of the smaller screws in the channel have completely rusted, but I think I can knock the heads off and remove after the sill cover is lifted.

When replacing the chrome sill covers should I install anything under them e.g Caulking.

Any other thoughts, info, advice appreciated.

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Hi Robin,

From my experience you're no obligatorily in need to realign the doors if you replace the seals. I very recently replaced my door seals (bought from UK form the supplier with the name "classic" in it) and was very, very very pleased with the quality of the "new" softer seals. In fact these are purchased by the UK seller at the all famous Italian seal and grummets maker. Either way these seals are now of really good quality.

As fro the screws, well its merely a question of being gentle but persuasive and to figure out the best way to get these out (most of the time I drill them out). What I definitively do is to put a small amout of 3M strip caulk directly on the screw thread, before I screw them back in and put a small & thin 3M caulk strip ring around the screw hole that sits on the body (the caulk strip will then be squeezed between the sill trim and the body and seal it up). Ok admittedly its a bit of a mess, but it relieves my fears....

As for the screws.... a rather good option for a perfect finsih would be to put some new and shiny stainless steel screws in from Mr F. Mokina... he sells these and they are perfect (Oh and for those which fear of electrolitical issues between stainless steel screws and the body steel... I leave this discussion to them)

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Thanks for the info Thomas, useful advice.

On a different tack, has anyone drilled an 'Inspection hole' somewhere in the sill big enough to insert a boroscope to assess the state of the inner sills ?

My car is, or at least seems pretty clean but it would be good to get a look at the inner sills before I have respray work done......if only for piece of mind.
I will use a wand to spray some rust inhibitor (Bilthamber Dynax S-50) into the sill cavity void too before the sill covers are put back on.

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Learnt a good lesson this weekend.........BUY DECENT DRILL BITS !

After spending 2hrs trying to use screw extractor bits followed by standard drill bits I bought a set of Cobalt HSS bits the following day.......took me 1-2mins at most !

Also my mechanic brought his boro-scope and we fed it through the existing holes on the side of the inner sills......worried that we may find a horrific botch job we were pleasantly surprised to see some minor surface rust but mostly fresh steel...... RELIEF.

I will coat the cavities (Dynax S50) relaxed in the fact I can progress as planned with a respray safe in the knowledge that there s no gremlins in the sills.
 

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Hi Robin,

Good to read, that finally you got to the point to inspect the innerside of your sills and that they appear to be sound. To coat the cavities is always a good idea, be it with Dynax or something else!!

Congrats anyway!! :wink2:
 

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I am trying to remove the Chrome Sill Covers in my car to install a new carpet set. It's a 1969 1750 GTV. I am thinking that it should be similar to your car. I have removed all 4 of the inside chrome screws - there's a place for a 5th screw, but was none there. Doesn't budge. What's the secret?
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Doesn't budge. What's the secret
There is probably some caulking/clay -type sealant under it that has now hardened and is acting as an adhesive. If all the screws are out, your next step would be to apply enough force to break the adhesive bond, but not enough to bend the sill.

Applying a heat gun to the sill to soften the sealant might help.
 

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Have you noticed that there are screws also below the door seal – three if I remember correctly? You need to pry the seal off to see them. One is visible between alfa and romeo.
 

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Hi Robin,

From my experience you're no obligatorily in need to realign the doors if you replace the seals. I very recently replaced my door seals (bought from UK form the supplier with the name "classic" in it) and was very, very very pleased with the quality of the "new" softer seals. In fact these are purchased by the UK seller at the all famous Italian seal and grummets maker. Either way these seals are now of really good quality.

As fro the screws, well its merely a question of being gentle but persuasive and to figure out the best way to get these out (most of the time I drill them out). What I definitively do is to put a small amout of 3M strip caulk directly on the screw thread, before I screw them back in and put a small & thin 3M caulk strip ring around the screw hole that sits on the body (the caulk strip will then be squeezed between the sill trim and the body and seal it up). Ok admittedly its a bit of a mess, but it relieves my fears....

As for the screws.... a rather good option for a perfect finsih would be to put some new and shiny stainless steel screws in from Mr F. Mokina... he sells these and they are perfect (Oh and for those which fear of electrolitical issues between stainless steel screws and the body steel... I leave this discussion to them)

Hope this helps
A smear of unial jointing paste on the screw will eliminate any galvanic corrosion
 

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Chrome sill is out. You were right, there were 3 more screws on the outer edge. There were places for 3 more, so should have 6 on each side. Now I have access to the carpet on one side, now to remove the panel on the side of the console. Is there a secret method to get it out? From what I can see there is glue holding one end. I can't believe that it's supposed to be held on with glue!! Also up under the dash I found a switch which looks kind of like the old style dimmer switch. I pressed it and EUREKA.. the windshield wipers came on??? I am attaching photos.
#8695 windshield wiper switch
#8697 How do I remove (and reattach this panel)
#8698 Chrome sill removed and clean sill underneath
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