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The window channel in my Spider seems to be brass backed, with fabric rub strips on either side of the window. Is this correct, or is the fabric worn away on mine? In other words, should the fabric run all the way across the channel including the area where the ends of the rail holding the window run up and down? If mine is correct as show below, does the brass surface require lubrication or is there a plastic piece in the rail to provide a bearing surface as the window travels up and down? Is correct replacement channel available? Really correct, I mean, not just something that sort of fits.
 

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Tom,
It is actually a thin brass strip run down the bottom of the fuzzy channel, you will find where the ends are bent over at the ends, it keeps the glass from digging into the channel.
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Bill Gillham
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Tom,
It is actually a thin brass strip run down the bottom of the fuzzy channel, you will find where the ends are bent over at the ends, it keeps the glass from digging into the channel.
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Bill Gillham
Jefferson Oregon
Typical Pininfarina detail! This is why I love working on my Alfa.
 

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Tom,
The quality is good, but finding it may be hard, unless you order on line from the usual suspects.

i have a good local old fashioned full service glass shop that still stocks such stuff, (main business is Hot Rods and Restorations). I take him my sample and we match it.

The brass is a bit harder, you will likely need new. I use brass shim stock sheared to the proper width on my jump shear. Measure the thickness of the piece on your car and order a length from Mcmaster Carr. Have a sheet metal shop cut it. You may be able to use the old ones but usually the years of rubbing have work hardened it so it is either distorted or shatters as you remove it.

Now you know why the brass is often missing!

Ciao,
Bill Gillham
 
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