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Old 11-10-2011, 09:10 AM
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37 Ford 2 dr. sed. weatherstripping

Ok, now I have the glass out and want to replace the weatherstripping. The guy who had it before me really butchered installing the weatherstripping. He had wood stuffed in place to screw the door frames and weatherstripping to. I know enough to know that is not how the factory installed them. The old felt weatherstripping I am familiar with had short "pegs" that stood out from the side and were pushed into a corresponding hole in the window opening area. This not only held the felt in place but placed them in the correct posistion. How many little pegs around the opening I don't know but I have about 16 holes that could be used for attachment. Question... is there any links that will take me to a pictoral showing me first, what the proper felt and channels look like? and second, how to install them. Most all of the replacement felt and channels I have looked to purchase have no little pegs. Holding them in with small screws would not necessarily place them correctly. I also have no bottom side channel so I'm not sure how the new ones will go in. It appears that the new channels will possible have a couple metal tabs that protrude and slide into some slots in the door channel area? Sorry guys for this long thread but can anyone suggest a site that has pictures that will show installation in a car similar to mine?

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Are you talking about window channels,....... what your door windows roll up into? If so, it comes in long straight lengths that are then bent to form a channel for the window. CLICK HERE Stan-Pro is another option: CLICK HERE Another option is going to a local automotive glass supplier. A lot of those places have it in stock.
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37 Ford weatherstripping.

I maybe calling the various parts wrong? The window would roll up and be surrounded on three sides by " beaded window felt". Shaped like a "U". When the window is in the down position it would be held in place by side "channels". These appear to have had some metal "tangs" that slip into a slot inside the door where the channels are placed. Thanks Dan for your reply.
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The "U" shaped channel is called window channel, and the horizontal pieces that are next to the glass as it comes up out of the door is called belt weatherstripping. Belt weatherstripping is attached to the door, or door window trim, by staples or tacks in the older cars. You can attach it with stainless steel or aluminum pop rivets, or small stainless screws right through the felt.
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Thanks Dan for straightening me out. This may make my searches easier. Do these small clips I see advertised work?
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Sorry, but I don't know what the small clips are that you are talking about. Before 1940 is beyond my knowledge level...............
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window felts are attached to the door and the garnish moldings. they com preshaped and must be secured with small screws. there is a strip of rubber that glues to the top of the door for the window to seat into when rolled up.
there is only 1 strip of weatherstrip. goes from top hinge to upper door corner. they did very little weatherstrip in the 30's. earlier they had a rain gutter on the top of the door to channel water down the door to the running board.
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You can also use aluminum or stainless pop rivets to attach the felts (belt weatherstripping) to the door and garnish moldings. The 6 foot lengths can be cut to size and shaped to match the originals very easily.
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and that shiny little stainless bead will cut the $%&#$ out of you !!!!!!!!!!
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Very true, Shine. You have to be careful when you're working with it. I keep this particular style around all the time. You can see it's easily formed, I did this in a few seconds with my hands. The part Shine is talking about is on the top edge, and it can definitely cut you. The best place to get it is at J.C. Whitney, believe it or not. They have over twenty different styles.
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Well...just to throw a wrench in the works, my buddy has a 37' Ford. What I've learned from him is that that model had door glass that slid back to act like a wing window with the first turn of the window crank. This means that the window track on the back edge of the glass is about 1 1/2" to 2" deep. Bob Drake has kits for this.

http://store.bobdrake.com/19frondoorwi1.html
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Weatherstripping

After much research I finally ordered and received my new front door window weatherstripping. (#78-45983_2D, comes with very small screws) I ordered these from Mac's Antique Auto Parts. Mac's suggested that the original clips that were used were. 48-703536-A, which holds the surround Felt to the body and 48-703536-B which holds the Felt to the Garnish Molding. I understand how the "alligator" clips holds the surround Felt (one side gets pushed into the hole in the body and the Felt is inserted into the opposite side and the claw like piece is clamped shut). What I cant figure out is how the other clip holds the Felt to the Garnish Molding. The clip is approximately 16ga. It is bent to resemble a #5 with no rounded end at the bottom. It has no holes to attach. Anyone know how this clip is attached?
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save yourself a lot of headaches and just use screws. flat head pan screws and sink them into the felt. i've fought those clips before and still have a bag of them in my junk drawer .

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Thanks Shine for your reply. I think I will do exactly that. I did however figure it out. The clip snaps onto the window molding gripping the felt by the bead. problem is, they are so darn tight you probably end up damaging the molding trying to get them on. I think I will double tape the felt on, drill the necessary size hole for the small flat head screws. A whole lot easier.
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Shine: Ignore the editing notice at the bottom of your last post, there was no violation. I changed flat "heat" screws to flat "head" screws.
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