Convertible Top Weatherstrip Seals

Old September 12th, 2016, 01:42 PM
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Convertible Top Weatherstrip Seals

I'm working on a complete frame-off restoration of a 1971 Cutlass convertible. We repaired and installed the convertible frame and put on the new top a couple of weekends ago.

I bought a weatherstripping kit from Tamraz that was manufactured by Metro Molded, and it included the seals that go underneath the frame along the top of the door and quarter windows.

When I went to install the seals, I discovered that it didn't have any clips. Thinking I lost them, I called Metro Molded to see about replacements and was told that they don't include them in the set. They also didn't know what they actually looked like either.

The car was a basket case when we started, so the old clips were long gone. I have no idea whether they were screws or clips or plastic rivets or whatever.

Does anyone know what they look like or, better yet, where to buy them?

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Old September 12th, 2016, 09:27 PM
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The side seals on my car didn't have any clips. The seals screwed directly to the top fame using short sheet metal screws. Additionally, I put a bead of black silicone sealer along the top and side seal to frame mating surfaces to ensure a water resistant seal.

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Old September 13th, 2016, 06:24 AM
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Thanks for the reply, Kenneth!

I was tempted to try it with stainless screws because I couldn't visualize any sort of clip that would go through the frame and seal and still be adjustable. The seals look like they have a slot and the frame has a corresponding hole about big enough for a #10 sheet metal screw.

I'm going to look at this more closely when I get home this evening.

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Old September 13th, 2016, 01:09 PM
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I read something in the past about the length of the screws being important. Too long and the screw tips can poke through the top material. Something to be aware of.
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Believe me, we just spent four days getting that top installed (first time newbie) and I do NOT want to have to replace it! Thanks again!

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They are black Phillips washer head screws, I think #8 X 1/2"...maybe a hair shorter. You can buy them on ebay.
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