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Re: [T3] Keeping rain out of the doors


In a message dated 8/20/06 4:01:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
j_jonik@yahoo.com writes:

<< On to the next thing, as long as I'm here.
  It looks almost impossible to rivet in a new rubber
 strip (that keeps rain and snow out) at the two crank
 windows. 
    What do folks do to restore/replace that to keep
 the crud and the flood out of the doors?
   I know about keeping the drainage clear. >>

Ok, since you know it's supposed to drain, then you know dirt and crap can 
enter. I know the rubber looks like it can't be replaced, but this isn't true. 
You do have to literally take the door apart, so you can get the trim and 
rubber out. The thing to do, is buy the cheaper bug scraper assemblies, and remove 
the rubber from them. Then drill out the rivits on your t-3 parts, and rivirt 
the new ones one. You'll have to drill new holes in the t-1 rubber pieces, but 
you can the t-3 parts as a guide. I use 1/8th diameter rivits that are 
3/16ths long, and remove the nail from them. I use a block of steel as a backer 
piece (it also holes the rivit in place), and using a punch flaten the rivit down 
(on the back side). This is similar to how the factory did it originally. 
You'll have to cut the bug rubber piece down to the same length as the t-3 piece, 
but they are cheaper and easier to buy. This is the closest representation of 
stock I've found, short of using NOS parts. I hope this helps.

Bob 65 Notch S w/ Sunroof and IRS (Krusty)
       71 Square, now a 2 seat Roadster, pics can be seen at; 
http://volksrods.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=2977 and now running the old Notch motor with 
D-jet FI . : ) 

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