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Old 07-07-2007, 12:02 PM
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Problem w/ Weatherstripping Please Help!!!

I really need some help here. Please!!! I'm trying to finish a super nice 68 firebird. I'm down to the nittygritty. I just put on new weatherstripping (OER) and my drivers door will not shut. It is an aftermarket (goodmark) door but I spent days getting it lined up and opening and shutting right. Before the new weatherstripping it was smooth as silk. It now will only click one time and just flat will not shut. Its open a good 3/4". Please give me some advice. I was only days away from finishing and now I'm clueless of what to do.

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Old 07-07-2007, 12:41 PM
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New weatherstrips tend to be that way anyway, but your case sounds pretty extreme. Sometimes you have to do some re-aligning of the panels to get things to work right. In collision repair we tend to try out the fit of the door with the weatherstrip in place if possible, but that's not always practical especially in a restoration type situation.

You might need to try and move your doors back a touch and outboard away from the A pillar. A little goes a long way sometimes.

Look for areas where the weatherstrip might not be correctly positioned. It happens.

If you can get the door to shut, slam it and set it in the sun for as long as possible. It will begin to conform and the door will begin to work easier.
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:18 PM
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Another thing you might try is to lube the seal. If it is a new seal, they usually have powder on them, and don't slide well. I take some dish detergent and wipe it on them, so they slide when they contact the pillars. It really does help sometimes.

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Move your striker out some so the door will latch completely and allow her to set overnight, the next day move it in 1/8" and repeat, next day move it in more and repeat, then move it in where it needs to be and slam it home. Allowing it to soak in the sun's heat will help a lot. Do not move the door alignment-if the door was dialed in perfect there's really no sense in screwing that up to make the weatherstrip work IMO. I've never had one that hung out 3/4" but I've seen them 1/2" and after a few weeks they opened and closed just fine. Decklid weatherstrips I've also seen some real problems with, I almost ruined a mopar decklid when I was sent the wrong weatherstrip (Mopar had two weatherstrip designs for that model I found out).

Another thing seeing this is a repro door... Look at the weatherstrip to A pillar clearance near the front of the door, if there isn't enough clearance you might never get the seal to compress enough, maybe the door dimensions are wrong in this area-I hope not. Let us know if this is a reproduction door problem. Bob
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