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Old 02-18-2019, 05:12 PM
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Has anybody else had issues with reproduction weatherstrip lately? My 67 coupe doors fit perfect when I took them off. I put them back on and did a little gap work and after adding the weatherstrip for final fitment, they wonít even close unless I slam the sh*t out of them. I ordered the weatherstrip with the molded rear corner from corvette central. Something is horribly wrong with it and the mounting surface for the weatherstrip is squared off rather than coming to a peak or point.
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Has anybody else had issues with reproduction weatherstrip lately? My 67 coupe doors fit perfect when I took them off. I put them back on and did a little gap work and after adding the weatherstrip for final fitment, they wonít even close unless I slam the sh*t out of them. I ordered the weatherstrip with the molded rear corner from corvette central. Something is horribly wrong with it and the mounting surface for the weatherstrip is squared off rather than coming to a peak or point.
Many have reported similar issues...........don't know who the weatherstrip was from in those cases. However, general consensus is best weatherstrip is from Corvette Rubber..........and even this may have some issues.

Besides checking who made the weatherstrip, and considering changing if not CR, I have no other solution or advice.

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I didnít notice the difference in the back until I ripped it back off. Looks more like Jeep weatherstrip than the original corvette weatherstrip. Another f up by Corvette central. Iím done with them for good!
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I did use the CR weather strip on my '61 back in 2009, and the doors "did" take some persuasion to close, for several weeks. The first week was the worst. Its all copacetic now, and has been for years, as the WS compressed to its final form. I also didn't have the top window coupe surround to add to the closing pressure needed.

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I believe my painter recommended corvette rubber as well.
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I did the weatherstrip on my 63 SWC a few years back. For the first few weeks, I had to force the doors shut. After a few weeks, they were fine. Just had to compress the polymer for awhile,

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Corvette Rubber has long been the "gold standard" for our cars and what is on my 63 with the ONE exception being the coupe upper horizontal door ledge rubber which came from Zip. It was a pleasant surprise as it was correctly formed and sized and quite supple...
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Without seeing the weather strip I have no idea if it's substandard or not - but, even with good quality weather stripping it is difficult to get the coupe doors to shut for awhile. Don't slam them as that's a good way to get cracks in your paint around the door handles (if using the handles) and shaking the heck out of the door innards. Instead, move the striker out to where the door close with a reasonable level of effort and leave it like that for a month or so. Then set the striker back a slight amount to where the doors will still close reasonably easily and again, let it set for a month or more. It may take 4-6 months of this - maybe even longer in worse cases - before you can gradually creep the striker back to where it should be, the weather stripping compresses/conforms and the door close normally and fit properly.
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Without seeing the weather strip I have no idea if it's substandard or not - but, even with good quality weather stripping it is difficult to get the coupe doors to shut for awhile. Don't slam them as that's a good way to get cracks in your paint around the door handles (if using the handles) and shaking the heck out of the door innards. Instead, move the striker out to where the door close with a reasonable level of effort and leave it like that for a month or so. Then set the striker back a slight amount to where the doors will still close reasonably easily and again, let it set for a month or more. It may take 4-6 months of this - maybe even longer in worse cases - before you can gradually creep the striker back to where it should be, the weather stripping compresses/conforms and the door close normally and fit properly.
Great point - that's precisely what I did on the split window...

However I've heard of some that put ratchet straps through the coupe windows and snug them down over the roof to pull the doors in over time and force the rubber to take a "set"...I'm not that brave...
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When I say they wonít shut, I mean they wonít shut. This isnít a minor ďbreak inĒ issue, trust me. 😬
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Weatherstrip before paint ? Iím no restorer but is that how itís done ?
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Weatherstrip before paint ? Iím no restorer but is that how itís done ?
It's RatRod Corvette. Keep painting costs below $25K.

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Try www.steelerubber.com . Their weatherstrip is correct and will fit properly.
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
Weatherstrip before paint ? Iím no restorer but is that how itís done ?
i always fit the doors and other parts with weatherstrip. Then itís removed and I install new weatherstrip after paint. Itís worth the extra time.
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Originally Posted by AZDoug View Post
It's RatRod Corvette. Keep painting costs below $25K.

Doug
No, itís a high dollar pro touring restomod. If I wanted to half *** it, I wouldnít bother spending a month fitting all the panels to perfection.
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Originally Posted by 65silververt View Post
i always fit the doors and other parts with weatherstrip. Then itís removed and I install new weatherstrip after paint. Itís worth the extra time.
OK - got it....
Works best with good weatherstripping before and after paint no doubt...
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
OK - got it....
Works best with good weatherstripping before and after paint no doubt...
No doubt, as long as I can find decent weatherstripping!!!

Thanks for the replies! I will try Corvette Rubber

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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
Weatherstrip before paint ? Iím no restorer but is that how itís done ?
Actually that is how it is supposed to be done. You buy two sets of W?S if needed. You install it and do all your body work. Then you pull it off and paint the car. You should put the whole car together before you paint it to make sure everything fits perfect. That is why a really nice paint job is really expensive.
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Originally Posted by J.Abbott View Post
Actually that is how it is supposed to be done. You buy two sets of W?S if needed. You install it and do all your body work. Then you pull it off and paint the car. You should put the whole car together before you paint it to make sure everything fits perfect. That is why a really nice paint job is really expensive.
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Originally Posted by 65silververt View Post
Has anybody else had issues with reproduction weatherstrip lately? My 67 coupe doors fit perfect when I took them off. I put them back on and did a little gap work and after adding the weatherstrip for final fitment, they wonít even close unless I slam the sh*t out of them. I ordered the weatherstrip with the molded rear corner from corvette central. Something is horribly wrong with it and the mounting surface for the weatherstrip is squared off rather than coming to a peak or point.
I had the same issues with my car. It turned out the weatherstrip kit I used was imported. The doors wouldn't close properly and neither did the top...The rubber was very hard. I ordered a new kit that is "Made in USA" from Corvette America and I replaced it all. The rubber on the Made in USA was noticeably softer and everything lined up like it should.
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