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#1058336 - 07/23/18 06:32 AM Weatherstrips  
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Aloha guys. Been bit busy with two motorcycle rebuild and fixing my DD Lincoln, I haven't had time for my SS lately, but due to the body guys who worked on my car did something to my trunk lid, I need to replace my weatherstrips. At the moment, I only need the trunk done, but since I'm at it, I thought I will replace the whole thing.

Been looking at Mike's, anybody use his kit? From what I read, aftermarket are pretty poor in fit, but I either can't find any NOS, or even if I find it I have to sell my kidney for it, aftermarket will be the only choice for me.

Any advice?


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#1058344 - 07/23/18 02:38 PM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FinallySS]  
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Aftermarket trunk seals are fine, I've used them. I plan to tackle installing aftermarket seals on my windows and doors at some point and I won't do it without this book: http://www.mikesmontes.com/How-To-E...nd-Noise-Book-By-Peter-Serio_p_1082.html


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#1058352 - 07/23/18 10:37 PM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FrankOC]  
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Originally Posted by FrankOC
Aftermarket trunk seals are fine, I've used them. I plan to tackle installing aftermarket seals on my windows and doors at some point and I won't do it without this book: http://www.mikesmontes.com/How-To-E...nd-Noise-Book-By-Peter-Serio_p_1082.html


Well hurry up so you can do mine.


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#1058357 - 07/24/18 02:27 AM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FinallySS]  
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#1058368 - 07/25/18 02:57 AM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FinallySS]  
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Asked a similar question here. Needing a high quality left door/window seal. Inclined to buy the Soft Seal but know I'll be disappointed with anything but GM.
Bob

http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1058038#Post1058038

#1058400 - 07/28/18 10:30 AM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FinallySS]  
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Nice Sunny Hawaii
Sorry for my late reply guys. Been bit busy lately.

Anyway, guess I (we) really don't have much choice here, huh? I will (guess) trust Mike's and buy it from him. I bought just few things from him, but never let me down. I will report how it fits.

Just need to finish my DD Lincoln first. My wife is ready to kick my xxxx .......................


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#1058401 - 07/28/18 10:40 PM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FinallySS]  
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Good luck finding GM seals. We redid hers years ago the aftermarket seals were really bad worse than the originals so we bought GM ones still isn't perfect after 3-4 different shops and dealers tried. I bought the above book and went through everything including replacing the motors I did better than anyone following the book but still have some noise and the GM seals are ageing badly.
There is a guy I think he works out of Kirban's ( or I got his name from them) who does doors for the Grand national crowd
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#1058402 - 07/29/18 01:16 AM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FinallySS]  
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I really don't know why the seals should be so hard to duplicate. You would think they could be made better then the originals.


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#1058419 - 07/30/18 03:51 PM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: Crusher]  
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Originally Posted by Crusher
I really don't know why the seals should be so hard to duplicate. You would think they could be made better then the originals.


Simple, these are old cars and nobody wants to spend the R&D to design better ones. As time moves on, more and more replacement parts will have reduced quality and not be to spec due to cost cutting and the shrinking number of G bodies.

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#1058484 - 08/03/18 11:59 AM Re: Weatherstrips [Re: FinallySS]  
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I've done these.
My experience:
- The trunk seal is fine - just needs trimming to size.
- The door seal pads (each end) are awful and need a ton of shaving just to get the door closed. The guys that say "leave it in the sun and it'll fit" are hilarious
- The t-top seals are ok but they have a seam for some reason mid-window - which splits over time. wth.

And my car sits inside for 95% of it's life. It's not Mike's fault, or Dixie, or gbodyparts. It's just a poor supply. The problem is there's no options. Metro / SoftSeal just make a poor product for our cars. Unfortunately it's the only option.


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