"A" Post seal retainers

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#1 "A" Post seal retainers

Post by mach2andy » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:46 am

Having fitted my doors some time ago, it now looks to me as though they are going to have to come off again to fit the door seals. Or more specifically, the A Post seal retainers BD23653/4.
My car didn't have any of these fitted, but I have some which I did intend to fit, but I'm wondering if they are absolutely necessary?
Any thoughts?
Andy
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1965 SB Corvette Ragtop

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#2 Re: "A" Post seal retainers

Post by PeterCrespin » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:01 am

mach2andy wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:46 am
My car didn't have any of these fitted, but I have some which I did intend to fit, but I'm wondering if they are absolutely necessary?
Any thoughts?
In hot dry climates, no. In “Hove, actually” yes.

If you have (or create) two self tapped alignment holes in the currently fitted hinge and body, you will be able to R&R the doors without the faff of realignment (assuming yoy left room for the seals).
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#3 Re: "A" Post seal retainers

Post by johnetype » Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:41 am

I tried to fit my door seals without the door seal retainers (because I'd forgotten they should be there after 30 years since I'd removed them) but there just wasn't enough "meat" on the door aperture to fix the seals to and then seal effectively which set me off wondering how it should be done until I rediscovered the door seal retainers and fitted them.

So, yes, based on my experience, door seal retainers are absolutely necessary.
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#4 Re: "A" Post seal retainers

Post by Jeff Cecil » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:14 pm

I fitted the seals with the doors in place. I dry fitted the seal and measured where the retainers would be when fitted to the car. I then glued the seal to the retainer on the work bench. After drying a day or so, I lowered the seal and retainer into the front of the door and riveted the retainer in place from the holes in the inner panel that they were originally riveted to. I glued the seal at the same time. Really fairly easy.

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#5 Re: "A" Post seal retainers

Post by mach2andy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:59 am

Thanks Jeff
To quote Taggart the Slim Pickens character in Blazing Saddles..."Now that is an eeedook idea"...
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#6 Re: "A" Post seal retainers

Post by Jeff Cecil » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:58 am

One other note on my method was that I used a small drill to remove just a bit of the rubber of the seal through the holes to make sure the rivet didn't push the seal away from the retainer when riveted.

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