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#1 Galaxoid

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 09:35 PM

Hi I am new on here, there is a lot of very good information. I have found a lot of stuff about fitting OE roof rails to a mk1 galaxy, but all links to guides for doing the job do not seem to work. I have rails to fit and am really just interested in some advice on the cutting of the original roof trim. Can anyone help?

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Posted 14 March 2006 - 10:12 PM

do a search on this as it has been covered quite extensivley.widen the date of the search.when you say cutting the original roof trim do you mean the outside rubbers?

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Posted 15 March 2006 - 07:23 PM

Yeah the 3 slots in each of the outside rubber strips. Is it best to remove the strips completely first? Does anyone have the dimensions and the positions of the cutouts in order to do a neat job?

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 03:11 PM

Hi,
I did this not too long ago.It's straight forward but time consuming.I pulled up the rubber strip from the back only up to the top of the windscreen,then leave flat on the roof.You will see now where the 3 blanking plugs are, held in with white sealer and a nut (removed from beneath headliner) I used a soft pencil to mark the centre of each plug on the roof panel itself just adjacent to the channel.Place rubber strip back and transfer markings to it .Then mark on dimensions of rail "foot" and cut out using hacksaw(across) and stanley knife(along) and for trimming.You don't cut right across, but end up with a neat rectangular hole in the rubber more offset to the car's centre.The flat rubber spacers on the 6 feet allow you a small amount of cock-up but not much!
I tried to locate a set of cut out stencils but nobody had any.
I used some silicone sealer on the feet to make sure but there should be rubber washers with it that seem adequate.
Also remove the headliner one side at a time, there is a post on this somewhere!
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#5 Justice

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:25 PM

As mentioned in the last post (ie, stencils)
I wanted to put some badges on my car but they were the dill hole type and not self adhisive so I brought a cheap plasic folder with the see through covers, I put the badges on that and marked the holes and drilled them in the folder the badges fitted perfectly so I used that as the template.Maybe you could adopt the same idea.

This just my opinion.

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