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Old 12-22-2010, 08:16 AM
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1952 Chevy Belair Hardtop door/window trim problem

Working on my 52 hardtop and have reached a stumping point for me. When doors are opened, with glass up or down, there is a piece of stainless where the top of the glass would go attached to the roof of the car. It is supposed to pop up and out of the way when you open the door and pop back down when you close the door, kind of like a metal seal at the top of the door/window. One side works OK, drivers side doesn't but I can pop it up and down by hand. Naturally the door has closed on it a number of times and it doesn't quite work right (hitting it with a bigger hammer hasn't helped either). Anyone know what these strange pieces of stainless are called and what the theory of operation is. I'd just pop them out but I'm pretty sure that will leave a gap at the top of the window since there is no door frame around it. I plan to keep the windows down all summer for cruising since I can't afford to replace the glass right now and it's a cool look with no windows except the wings on the side.
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The "Flipper" is the spring loaded stainless strip that attaches to the roof directly on top of the door on a hardtop. When you open the door it flips out, when you close the door with the window up it flips back to seal out wind and rain at the top of the window.
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The "flipper" should work with the glass up or down, as it is actuated by the vent glass. There is available "overhaul kits". which have the springs, and the little pad that contacts the vent glass housing.
Also it can be adjusted to a certian degree, as it's fastened to the roof with screws, and has slotted holes. near the front of it you will see a tab, when you push in on the tab with your thumb, the flipper should close, and when you release it, it should pop open on it's own.
If it fails to open, or remain open, then you probably have bad springs, which also are the hinge pins.
They are not particularly difficult to repair, but can be tedious to get adjusted properly.

Flippers are the only reason that I prefer the sedans.
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Thanks for the info. It looks like the door was slammed closed while the flipper was down so it has a crease in it. I can take it off and get it sorted out. The whole concept of the flipper is pretty strange in my estimation.
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