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  • Body / Glass: Trunk Weather Seal

    I've searched these forums and know how the weatherstrip is supposed to go in the trunk. But the correct way has such small surface area for gluing, essentially two strips. And then won't moisture accumulate in the middle?
    Check out my pictures: The 1st picture is the correct way. If Ido it like in the 2nd picture, it gets a larger glue surface, won't collect moisture under neath, and has other channels to allow water to run off. Any thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Rafe Hollister
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  • #2
    The Original did not have that open channel down the length and they DID rust out the Seal Channel, but I don't know if that would be an improvement over time, because the Seal Channel was not designed as a "Drain Channel" sloping downward like many Newer Cars do.

    On another note; looks like your "Correct" Picture may have the open "B" Side as shown in the S.I. Catalog Instructions facing Inboard, instead of Outboard as it should.

    Because both Pics are so Zoomed in, I really can't tell for sure which is Outboard.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 09-30-2021, 04:13 PM.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner
    SDC Member Since 1967

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    • #3
      Sorry about pix, StudeRich, the rust side is the outside, so both are as intended. Maybe the center groove prevents rust and that's why they changed it? I may just do it the wrong way out of curiosity...
      Rafe
      PS I shoulda nic-named myself as your opposite doppleganger... StudePoor!

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      • RadioRoy
        RadioRoy commented
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        Do it the way it is supposed to be done. The Studebaker designers knew a little bit about cars.

    • #4
      Well, I am Rich in Studes, Poor in Funding them, but still am Richard!
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner
      SDC Member Since 1967

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      • #5
        Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
        On another note; looks like your "Correct" Picture may have the open "B" Side as shown in the S.I. Catalog Instructions facing Inboard, instead of Outboard as it should.
        Thank you StudeRich!
        Simple search of the forum and I found my answer!
        DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
        1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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        • #6
          Here are some install tips from studebakerparts.com http://www.studebakerparts.com/stude...ubberinst.html
          Tom Senecal Not enough money or years to build all of the Studebakers that I think I can.

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          • #7
            OK, I am removing the original trunk seal on our 50' Commander and it is everything you would expect.
            I have a new seal from one of our great vendors and have watched several videos on how to best install. There have been a few variations which leads to the following question.

            Where would the best place be for the start/end location? (AKA where the ends will meet) I am thinking top center. Thoughts?
            DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
            1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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            • #8
              Originally posted by DTHolder View Post

              Where would the best place be for the start/end location? (AKA where the ends will meet) I am thinking top center. Thoughts?
              Bottom center is where they should meet.
              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


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              • #9
                Yup, if it could possibly leak, you want it to happen down low.

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                • #10
                  You might find this interesting. How to glue weather strip.
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDBo...8TLSZQ&index=3

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by 5brown1 View Post
                    You might find this interesting. How to glue weather strip.
                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDBo...8TLSZQ&index=3
                    Thanks for the link 5brown1. I have seen many many videos and this is one of the best.

                    I will put the seam at the bottom and center as this is a straight run area and I agree with the statement "if it could possibly leak, you want it to happen down low."
                    Thanks all. Cheers
                    DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
                    1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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                    • #12
                      Not only glue it meeting at the bottom center but glue the two ends together making it one piece.
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