Blend Door Restore

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  1. mk3ricks

    mk3ricks New Member

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    Had to pull the driver side kick panel off to replace a wiring harness and found the blend door seal is dried and split wondering if anyone had a suggestion on how to fix it I'm guessing glue some new material on but hoping for some tips

    Thanks in Advance
    Mike

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    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Best way is to drill the rivet to separate the plates. Then you can cut an oval of the rubberlite foam and then clamp the plates and pop rivet them back together. If you don’t have a pop rivet gun small screws and nuts will work.
     
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    Where would I get a sheet of that I looked for some a while back ago and couldn't find any.
    Also have you done this in past and what success did you have?
     
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    70lt1z28 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    It's like this stuff maybe:
    https://www.amazon.com/Winlyn-Cospl...jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

    Here's what I think was the OEM material. They have been making this stuff for 50+ years.
    http://www.armacell.us/categories/ensolite/

    I think the original material was 3/16 thick. I went a bit thicker at 1/4" and it actually seals up a bit better I think.
    We die cut the stuff at work.
    I did mine about 6 months ago. Glass beaded all the parts and re zinc plated the pivots and springs etc. New cable and chrome knobs. A bit time consuming. I probably have 20 or so hours into all the air doors.
     

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    So let me make sure I see and hear what your saying you took a 1/4 inch foam sheet and was able to squeeze/compress it between those two pieces of blend door and rivet it back together?
    I figured a 1/16 thick piece would be enough

    Also what did you use to reseal the kick panel to the body vent?
     
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    Hobby Lobby or most craft stores have sheets of that foam. got mine at Hobby Lobby
     
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    I actually found something I already had and works great (tool box drawer liner) I'll look at what Hobby Lobby has to offer didn't think of going there
    its actually done ready to put back on once the harness gets here
     
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    I like mk3ricks use of tool box drawer liner.

    Years ago I got an old truck tire inner tube from a tire shop and cut a pattern with a razor blade. It mounted between the plates like a glove and I feel it is better than any foam you can find.
     
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