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8/25/14 6:58pm - Original Message: 'weather striping advice'
kbrin
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coral springs, FL - USA

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81 beauty all original (not anymore!!) Its more fun now!

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Hi all
I would like to replace the door pillar, t-top and door weather stripping but have heard the aftermarket stuff is not to great. Anyone have experiences with this stuff..... and does anyone know where i can the the GM parts??
Thanks all......


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8/25/14 7:42pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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1981 Blue Ice Met. w/pearl ghost flames TKO500 5speed. LS1 Swap 3.45 Dana 44.

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I don't think you will find original GM stuff out there. I myself will be shopping for new weatherstripping for the '81. I replaced mine 9 yrs. ago and it's starting to fail. It was the garbage off shore China junk. I will be looking for the Made in USA stuff. There are different grades of rubber that range from hard non pliable junk to decent latex OEM style. I'm going to check around with our supporting vendors first. 

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8/26/14 1:45am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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I've heard good things about "metro" weatherstripping.

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8/26/14 6:28am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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I used "Soft Seal" weatherstripping on the '74 when I did it years ago. It's held up quite nicely. Big smile

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8/26/14 10:38am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Grapevine, TX - USA

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Dr Rebuild seems to think his stuff is the best.  Went to court over it according to his website.

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8/26/14 5:05pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Pensacola, FL - USA

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I bought some from Corvette Rubber Company. It was very soft and pliable. I have been told this is what most companies that refurbish Corvettes use.

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8/27/14 12:41pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Thanks i will check these out. i never heard of corvette rubber company but I now have a new parts place to check out... Thanks again
Anyone else have the good or bad??



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9/5/14 10:51am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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kbrin said: Thanks i will check these out. i never heard of corvette rubber company but I now have a new parts place to check out... Thanks again
Anyone else have the good or bad??



Get all your weatherstripping needs from MidAmerica Motor Works!!  Good quality stuff (in my opinion).

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9/5/14 10:54am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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By the way, I love the looks of your car!!!  Hmmmm  looks very much like mine!!  C-3's (especially 1981's) rule the roost!!!!

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9/5/14 2:45pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Dan,
I am with you here!! 
Kind of partial to the 81 for sureThumbs Up



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9/6/14 8:18am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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9/8/14 6:47am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Bellingham, MA - USA

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I replaced all the weatherstrip two years and company claimed theirs was the best and that's why the price was more then the rest of the competitors. It came from the company that Dr. Rebuild has sued several times and won. Corvette rubber is the way to go! I know most of the NCRS guys with C2 buy theirs from Corvette Rubber. FYI when you call Corvette Central, Mid-Americe etc.if you call the tech line instead of customer service line they will tell you who the supplier is. For example Mid-America and Eckler's exhaust system comes from Allen's stainless steel exhaust. But it is less expensive to buy it thru mid-America instead of directly from Allen's. Because Mid-America buys so many systems they sell it for less because they get a better price. Despite what you read on the internet about Dr. Rebuild attitude I have purchased items from him and they are top quality. When I read about him on the net I was afraid to call him but after I wished I had called him when I started my restoration. His rules are not any different than the other suppliers. The 800 number is to order parts and you need to have the part numbers. The tech line is for questions. If you use a credit card the items have to be shipped to the address on the card. Follow these rules you won't have any problems. His wife Debbie answers the phone and she is always pleasant and Dr. Fills the orders. I have bought NOS original parts from him that nobody else has and the prices are better than the reproduction parts. If you don't see an item listed call and ask if they have in stock because they can't always get items listed on the net. Sometimes it might take a day or two to pick the order so be patient for delivery. I have always received my items in a timely manner. I have bought original parts that I don't need just because the price is right and nobody else has them. Hope this info is helpful.

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9/14/14 8:59pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
kbrin
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coral springs, FL - USA

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Thanks...Very helpful. I plan to call the dr put have been putting it off until my vitamins kick in Smile
It appears that he is the only real way to go.





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10/17/14 12:27pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
kbrin
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coral springs, FL - USA

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Got all the stuff fr Dr Rebuild and it looks pretty good. I will do this job in a couple of weeks....lets see how it goes, I really dont want to adjust windows!

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11/26/14 9:37pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Lancaster, OH - USA

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1979 Corvette. Dark blue with Dark Blue leather interior. 1972 Corvette Sunflower Yellow convertible 4 speed

Joined: 11/26/2014
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I got all of mine from Bair's. It is made by Corvette Rubber. It is great and so was the price. Brian is 1st class. Joey
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1/7/15 11:18pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Erda, UT - USA

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1973 coupe. LS4, M-21, DARK SADDLE LEATHER, POWER STEERING, POWER BRAKES, POWER WINDOWS, A/C, AM/FM STEREO, YELLOW ( 952 ).

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I'm going to buy weather stripping this week. Seems to be several recommendations. Corvette Rubber Company, Soft Seal, Mid America Motor Works, and, Dr. Rebuild. I went to Dr. Rebuilds site, and, spent the next hour checking out his attitude. Holy Moly. There are certainly a lot of people and organizations in his cross hairs. Anyway, Redwoman seems to think he's great. I guess I'll just check around some more. I do want the best product I can get.

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1/8/15 7:24am - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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You have to overlook Doc's gruff attitude Ray.  Or do like I do...hang up if he answers and call back later until you get Debbie on the other end. LOL
I spoke with his wife Debbie at Carlisle 2-3 years ago. She's has to be a saint being married to Doc. I told her to make sure Doc stays off the phone and just fills orders. I still order stuff from him. It's all been good. 


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TKO500 5 spd.
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1/20/15 11:03pm - Reply: 'Re: weather striping advice'
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Erda, UT - USA

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1973 coupe. LS4, M-21, DARK SADDLE LEATHER, POWER STEERING, POWER BRAKES, POWER WINDOWS, A/C, AM/FM STEREO, YELLOW ( 952 ).

Joined: 8/1/2005
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Of note. I bought all my weather stripping(13 piece set), a gasket set, inner and outer door seals, related hardware from Dr. Rebuild. Several things were more than his web site was quoting. His wife would tell me a particular product was no longer made by so and so, only made in the U.S. now. Better product. I appreciate that, but, seems kind of tacky. Everything was about 760.00 with shipping and insurance. His schematics are better than anybody else, so, I know what pieces I'm getting. Hopefully it's all real good stuff.

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