Washed it, put all back, put the top back, then put the belt (clasp?) on. The distance between the ends is about 1/3" larger than I need for the bokt to reach the nut. No obstructions, checked that, sprayed the belt inside with water just in case. Also sprayed the seam. No luck. I need some vice possibly to pull it together but usually this is not the case so I need it, right?
What am I doing wrong or how can I succeed in closing it?