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Easy fix for curling armrest...
vegas_ss Offline
Senior Member
#1
My drivers side armrest was starting to curl some at the bottom and a little at the top. When removed you can see the cover is pulling away form the base causing the curling problem. I used weatherstrip adhesive under the edge and then pulled the cover TIGHT with blue painters tape. After about an hour, removed the tape and the armrest looks good as new. It has been a few weeks and 110* here with no problems!

Be sure to tape the entire length. pulling the tape tight from the top cover around the curling edges to the metal base. The tape will stick a little to some of the excess weatherstrip adhesive that squeezes out, but it does come off with out too much trouble. Be sure to remove the tape from the top so you don't pull up against the newly glued area.
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS
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Protowrxs Offline
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#2
Good idea. I wasn't sure it any type of glue would work and used pop rivets to hold in in place on the bottom side. Snugged up the overlap and placed them a few inches apart.

Your idea would be easier for sure :-)

-Stephen
http://www.StephenNolen.net
'88 TC/5spd/Gillis/Tripminder/stock being resurrected
'85 SVO Mustang
'69 Mustang 347/TKO in progress
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Pete D Offline
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#3
Good tip, thanks
Pete Dunham


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Hoss Offline
Junior Member
#4
I've done this on a number of projects similar to this with good results.

I would recommend either 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive item# 08008
or Loctite Fast Drying Weatherstrip Adhesive
item# 37532
You should be able to find it at your local auto parts store
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TCx2 Offline
Senior Member
#5
I just did this same repair this weekend, but used a thin strip of metal and pop rivets.

Pulled the cover material tight and sandwiched it between the base and metal strip, drilled and pop-rivetted it.

I've tried glue in the past and it didn't work for me.
Kevin
TCx2
67 Green Ford Fairlane 428CJ 5spd
89 Fiji Blue Chrysler Conquest
03 Mercury Marauder "Supercharged"
03 Ford Excursion(King of the SUVs)
04 Mustang Cobra - Screaming Yellow
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vegas_ss Offline
Senior Member
#6
Quote:Originally posted by Hoss:
I've done this on a number of projects similar to this with good results.

I would recommend either 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive item# 08008 or Loctite Fast Drying Weatherstrip Adhesive item# 37532 You should be able to find it at your local auto parts store
I've used both the 3m and permatex... they seem to be identical products, both come in yellow and black and are very 'stringy and stretchy' when applying. You can stretch the cover very evenly with the tape and the adhesive holds it there very well.
1987 TC, 5sp, Boport Stage 3 Head/2.1 Cam
1996 Impala SS
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BJL Offline
Moderator
#7
i just used a bunch of short sheet metal screws they use on the chrome wheel molding for 80's LTD's,.
but i accidentally went through when drilling pilot hole a few times, whoops. i didn't think weather strip adhesive would stay. i know for next time
Brian J Larkin
88TC 320k miles
T3, FMIC ,3in stinger exhaust, gillis,
255 walbro, afpr, 5spd swap,spec clutch, sn95 5 lug,.
89 Cougar XR7 3.8SC Auto
95 Ranger Splash 3.0 auto
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TCx2 Offline
Senior Member
#8
To keep from "drilling through" get some vacuumn line, cut to length and slide it over the drill bit. Then when the drill passes throught he metal it is stopped by the rubber line. (of course you aren't pressing real hard so the line can handle it)
Kevin
TCx2
67 Green Ford Fairlane 428CJ 5spd
89 Fiji Blue Chrysler Conquest
03 Mercury Marauder "Supercharged"
03 Ford Excursion(King of the SUVs)
04 Mustang Cobra - Screaming Yellow
10 Challenger R/T "Supercharged"
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Gary F Offline
Senior Member
#9
What Pete said.
Gary Fraser

I used to be normal...then I got a Turbo Coupe.
'88 T5 Bone Stock w/3G Alt.
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Gary F Offline
Senior Member
#10
What Pete said. Thanks.
Gary Fraser

I used to be normal...then I got a Turbo Coupe.
'88 T5 Bone Stock w/3G Alt.
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