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Old 09-27-2009, 10:00 AM
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Sorry I missed the dialogue but I've been away from the computer and the garage for a while( grandkids ).

1. To answer Brian's questions, yes the trunk seal is installed. It's made by A&M Sof-Seal, I think they're a quality product but I'll let others on the Forum add their opinion. The seal is installed correctly; I know this because it took me an hour to figure out which way it went, both ways looked right so I checked the shop manual.

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Just to give you some idea of what this rubber should look like to be SURE you got it right. Check out the photos. You will see that the rubber does get smashed down a LOT by the lid and after staying there a while will stay smashed down. Mine is Soffseal

One photo shows a shim, a very thin 1/32" shim to get my lid PERFECT.

This is the thing, shims ARE used on trunks these days, I have seen shims on hoods and trunks on late model cars. When our "A" Bodies were built, perfection was NOT on the agenda. "Close" was good enough, between my brother and I we have owned 10 of these 1965 Skylarks (most of them Gran Sports) and none of them had the panel fit of the worse car you would see coming off the line today.

So to get things perfect, shims are a good way to go.

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Old 09-27-2009, 10:06 AM
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I just walked out and looked at the rear gate on my nephews "new" 1978 El Camino, and sure enough, the factory used shims to align the gate.

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thats a nice paint job.have you solved the problem? It looks to me like the deck is a bit bigger than the hole it fits into. since you know the deck didnt get bigger the hole must have got smaller. you may have to do the best you can and live with it.you can always reslot the latch holes bigger for more adjustment of the latch...but its gonna be tight.
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trunk lid problems

Thank you all for the advice.

I finally got the deck lid fitted to where it's acceptable: not perfect, but OK. I needed a combination of slotting the holes in the brackets so I had more side-to-side movement, adding a shim at the front of each mount bracket and getting the final adjustment with the latch. I had to strong-arm(tweak) the lever arms also. I really appreciate the tips I received, I used them all.

I've gotten to be a decent painter but need more experience panel-fitting. Like Struther Martin said in Cool Hand Luke : "a man has got to know his limitations..", I'm working on mine.

I hope all Forum members have a Great Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Old 12-20-2009, 02:18 PM
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I thought that was Clint Eastwood? I'll bet you fit the panels before you paint that rag top.
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You're right, DB-man. What we had here was a failure to communicate: mine. It WAS Clint Eastwood. I didn't know my limitations, I've got to watch some more old movies.

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