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Old 04-03-2012, 03:14 PM
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water leaking thru weatherstripping: 56 truck

okay this is driving me CRAZY! i put new weatherstripping on my door about 8 years ago now and i just noticed water is just pouring down my door, at the bend midway down the door and just going straight onto my carpet!

i have the door adjusted as far in and as far forward as it can go. i noticed that the top of the door the weather stripping isnt glued, well why should it be? it has those little door panel like connectors built into the weather stripping and just pops into the holes in my door.

so what? did i blow it by not glueing the thing in? and if i put glue under it will that stop it or not? i don't know if the weatherstipping is even touching my cab or not. i guess i have to glue it down to see. but this shouldn't be happening. the directions never said anything about gluing it in. and i place a cord about 3/16" in diameter inside the weatherstripping to spread it out more, and that didn't stop it either.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:22 PM
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It should be glued but the best way to check if it is contacting is to place a strip of paper in the door. Close the door. if the weatherstrip is touching, the paper will not pull through easily. If it isn't, the paper will pull out with no drag.
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no ****. now why didnt i think of that?
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:34 PM
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i thought all task force trucks leaked at the doors
i added 3/4x3/4 foam on both my doors from the S to the top of the door
that slowed it to a trickle but still have to hold a towel on them through the car wash
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:58 AM
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well, sadly, i have to sell it and i want to leave it outside to be seen. it rains alot here so i can't have it getting the carpet wet, as well as for what it will do to the floor under the carpet, even tho it has all be POR 15'd.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:39 AM
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Lived in Vancouver Wa. for 3 years. Understand the rain situation. Lord knows how much I miss that. 77 and sunny here today.....
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you miss rain. haha. i will send you some braaah! we had three or four days of sun, yea! it's raining now tho.

i have removed the weather stripping from the top of the door thru the 's' turn and glued it down. i spoze i ought to back it out of the gayragie and let it rain. then i will know if that worked. i did not glue it down before because i wanted to be able to pull it when it was painted. well don't have any money so........... if it works on that door i might do the drivers side. weirder yet, is i have water slowly dripping (verrrry small puddle after an entire night of rain.) right in the middle of my floor mat under my steering column! anybody have THAT?
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:20 PM
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I built a 53 for a customer once but never a 56. It would seem to me it would have to be the windshield weather strip or wiper escutcheons. There isn't a fresh air vent that could leak is there? This may be one of thse times when you just have to get a good flashlight, get upside down under the dash and check it out.
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too bad you have to sell it, always liked your truck

the weather strip is not designed to be glued in, it should have the push pins every 4'' or so.
i did glue problem areas on top of the clips

lessons learned: carpet in the step well will always get wet and should be avoided.
paint will scratch, but i painted my step wells and double coated them with 3m paint protection film.
i am a gimp and must place my foot on the step to get in and out.
the 3m film has held up well for 3 years of driving and 2 years of construction.

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thanks Ogre but i dont have carpet on my steps/running boards, it's runnin onto my floor. i love your truck. i think i have that same wearherstripping. i seems ok on the drivers side tho. the glue did nothing and just POURS in. i got mine from Golden State pickup parts. maybe i got a crap brand somehow. if my truck was sticking around i would have to fix the rusted metal above the stock support brace, and wanted to put bed liner there.

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Hey Bulheimer. Did you do the paper thing to make sure the seal was making contact all the way around? It does seem that with complete contact it should be sealing. Techs frequently use the paper strip trick for trunk seals.

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no i didn't i can see it pouring it completely unabated. i have the large flat part up against my door. i know they are on there right at least 99% but who the hell knows. i am staring at ogres door and they look the same. i just took a mason jar full of water, poured it on the top of my door and S curve and opened the door and there is was all running straight down onto my floor in the cab (as well as the running boards).
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i looked and it's the same as ogres, also the front of the door is where i have the leak at.
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does anybody out there got any ideas? it is very easy for me to pull the paper out of my doors w/s. i can slide it all around the upper part there. i dont know what to do. perhaps after ten years the rubber is compressed?
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I suspect that is the case. If the seal is not making good contact and being compressed when you close the door, there is no reason why it wouldn't leak. Is it possible the door is out of adjustment? If not, It would appear it is time for a new seal.

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