I was very pleased with the fit of the seal I got from British Vic … it actually fits correctly in the bottom corners which seems to be uncommon in most I have done. I always use a little more sealant in the corners to compensate just as a precaution. – as many do leak there. I have the BMC glazing tool and factory heads to install the windshield and seal and the only glass I have ever cracked was using it…go figure! I stick with the old tried and true string in channel method:
Start by warming up the seal and laying it out flat, room temp is fine just don’t try and install it cold. Pay real close attention on the bottom corners – that’s where the issues always are. A wooden spudger helps working the corners and is far less likely to crack the glass.
Lace the string around the glazing groove- cross at the back and leave enough to have a firm grasp on the string, once you get the seal worked in the bottom corners apply light even pressure as you pull the lip inwards with the string. It helps if you have an extra set of hands assisting. The top rounded edge will pull right into place if you have the base in correctly, don’t strongarm it – if you find yourself using brute force something is wrong.
When they are lined up right it goes together with minimal force. Be careful not to use thin string…it will cut the rubber. I use nylon that is about 1/16″. I have found that “Channel Lube” and “Channel Bomb” both the paste and spray work well to assist with putting in the glass. USE IT LIBERALLY… I use the paste to lube the glazing and the spray while I am working the lip of the seal in the frame. It was originally designed for use in telecom industry. You can get it from electrical supply places or go to Channel Corporation and order some. The stuff lubes rubber/plastic/ metal well is water based, has a working time of about 10 minutes before drying- kind of like grease but….dries/ evaporates and washes off with water. Lastly when putting in the retainer/bead. .dont cut it right away. lay in the bead and let it set for a few minutes allowing stretching to return to normal or you’ll end up with gaps.
Nick Conklin (from the Yahoo Bugeye Group) and submitted by John Fowler June 2012