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#1055783 - 02/10/18 06:28 PM Weatherstripping tips  
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Hey guys.
Planning on replacing the weatherstripping on my 86 SS once the weather warms up. I plan on purchasing the kit from Mikes Montes. Any suggestions or tips on taking off the old and installing the new?
Thanks!

#1055801 - 02/10/18 10:36 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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If your oem lower door seals are still good I suggest keeping them. Aftermarket lower door seals do not fit correctly, the end pads are molded all wrong, and GM has stopped making replacements. Aftermarket roof rail seals fit ok. Worn door hinges will through off the door adjustment and make seals not fit either.


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#1055860 - 02/12/18 08:04 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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Make sure you aren't working in the cold, warming the rubber up makes it much easier to use. Lay the piece in the sun etc if you can.
Taking out the old stuff just required a couple of small screwdrivers, pocket knife, picks, etc. and some time. Small screwdrivers were probably the most helpful tools I used.
Install dry to make sure everything fits right and is properly stretched, then glue afterwards.


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#1055885 - 02/13/18 05:19 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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Thanks for the tips!

#1056344 - 03/12/18 02:28 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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I do not recommend what Mike sells. I got that kit 5 years ago from Mike and it is honestly not very good. The door seals are not reinforced and tear easily and the window seals do not line up with the windows even after several hours of adjustment. They leak like you wouldn't believe. I haven't been able to have the car outside if there is even a chance of rain since I put them on. I'm gonna try what Dixie sells, as they claim it is to their own specs, but the SoffSeal kit that Mike sells has been a total disappointment. I actually regret replacing the seals because the original, 25 year old (at the time) seals didn't even leak. They were just old and I thought it was a good idea since the car was getting painted anyway.


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#1056353 - 03/12/18 10:22 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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Can't speak about how good or bad the latest and greatest products are from Softseal or Metro are. But we put Softseal door seals on a 67 Camaro, I wasn't impressed. I installed Metro door seal on an 89 Z24 and all the seal on my G20 several years ago, you had to slam the doors several times to get them to close correctly. None of them fit well.

The trick with maintaining the old factory seals is to clean and rub silicone oil on them several times a year. My 86 at 165K and owning it since 1991 has seals in very good condition, some like new. Removing them for paint I cringe at the thought.
Bob

#1056355 - 03/12/18 11:44 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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Try this place so far i heard good thing with there weather stripping https://www.steelerubber.com/

#1056363 - 03/13/18 12:44 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: edward]  
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Originally Posted by edward
Try this place so far i heard good thing with there weather stripping https://www.steelerubber.com/


Ouch, pricey, too. Dixie is selling their t-top seals for $150 and those guys are selling it for $355! In most cases you can get a kit for the whole car for that money. Granted, that doesn't mean xxxx if it doesn't work.


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#1056372 - 03/13/18 03:29 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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Steele does not make there own t-top seals --last knew they were soffseal ---No aftermarket door seals have the plastic insert -- Dixie sells same seals we do ---only 2 choices of seals Soffseal or Metro


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#1056378 - 03/13/18 09:11 PM Re: Weatherstripping tips [Re: Nadnerb42780]  
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i just pulled of a set of soft seals off my 66 Malibu SS over the fall . its night and day between softseal and Steele 100% yes pricey i agree. sorry can speak much for the MCSS Try this one /www.weatherstripspecial.com Also check Ebay just spent 45 min and found some OEM weather stripping parts your gone pay the price $$$$
NEW GM 20737659 LEFT 78-88 GM G-Body Hard Top Roof Rail Weatherstrip Seal
WINDOW SWEEP SEAL GM RH Outer 1983 84 85 1986 1987 1988 MONTE CARLO SS GM39.99
DOOR BUMPERS 4 GM 76 -87 EL CAMINO CAMARO MONTE CARLO 76-02 CAMARO
1985 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS NOS GM Decals Stripes Set Red/Maple
MONTE CARLO SS FACTORY OEM DECALS KIT RED/ORANGE
You get my point its out there just have to look & pay the price for OEM Parts Ed

Last edited by edward; 03/13/18 10:54 PM. Reason: more information

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