One of the problems many Dino owners struggle with is properly bonding the metal catches on the front vent windows. Knowing this to be a problem we investigated a number of adhesives that would offer a reliable bond. Sticking metal to glass is never something that is easy and on the vent windows things are further complicated as the glue join is under quite a bit of tension from the spring effects of the molding rubber that surrounds the vent window. In the end the solution came from our neighbor Joe who offered us a high strength adhesive made by Loctite and cured using the invisible powers of UV light. He supplied us with the glue, curing lamp, and requisite yellow safety glasses (that make our Dino disappear)
Before trusting the glue on the car we ran a test using a scrap piece of glass and an extra mount we had. The cool thing about the adhesive is that it cures in about 90 seconds.
Once dry we administered the most un-sophisticated durability test we could muster. With the glass held in a vise we hammered and hammered until the bond or the glass broke. In the end neither failed as we just could not grip the thick piece of glass we had tight enough to keep it from moving however with the metal mount deforming and starting to bend we were pretty sure we had the glue for the job.
Now for the real thing. We carefully located the mount on the vent window using a black piece of decal material with a perfect hole cut in it. The decal served 2 purposes. One is that it really helped locate the pin well and second because no light goes through it, all of the overflow glue stays fully liquid making for a perfect masking. When the light is turned off all you need to do is pull the decal away and there is no mess or leakage to clean up. To be honest we tripped over the second benefit totally by accident but it was very welcome and a tip worth sharing.
Lastly here is the finished assembly. Ignoring that everything is covered in fingerprints and could use a proper cleaning, another job is removed off of the list :)