Little Tricks

The door sill trim was a little loose and rattling and some of the screws were loose, so I wanted to see what I could do to tighten things up.

These are held in by small oval head sheet metal screws. A common repair when the smaller screw pulls through the original hole is to use the next size up sheet metal screw to secure the sill plate, but I hate seeing the larger screws where they don’t belong. The best repair is to weld the hole up and drill a new hole, but with fresh paint on the car it’s a lot of work and everything would have to be covered and protected. A trick Francois taught me was to thread a small piece of wire down inside the hole which will give the small screw enough material to grab. I also added a little piece of putty along the door sill to cut down on the rattles. Problem solved!