NEW trunk weatherstrip

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    $ Mike 70 Z-28 Veteran Member

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    Im replacing my trunk weatherstrip, i had the METRO i was not that happy with it . i stared to search to find the best one out there. i came across, i think a real good one i dont know the company that makes it. i got it from a vendor that sales on ebay and he has a store by me
    the 1st from left to right softseal, unknown, fairchild junk really bad

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    the unknown one i think its really good the flap is a bit taller and over hangs better and softer then the both

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    this is the soft seal


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    fairchild

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    unknown

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    unknown
     
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    i need to ask, i know the way it faces to install. but just to make sure the flap does it go on the side or its suppose to be straight up
     
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    Yes I agree the Fairchild trunk was way to stiff, I ended up with steele and it worked the best, I have the fold top pointing to the outside, if I remember correctly, it would only seat one way best , so that was the way it ended up being installed
     
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    Don't forget to make the seam about 7"–10" to the lower left of center, not in the direct center.
     
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    Really?

    I suppose there's enough documentation about the early 2nd gens to show they were different but the seam position shouldn't really matter for sealing purposes.

    Both my 78 and 80 (Van Nuys built) had the seam in the center.
    So... That's where I put the seam when I replaced the seal in my 80.
    That was 25 years ago and I think I used OER stuff. It was quite a bit stiffer than the factory seal but I got the trunk lid to sit right.
     
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    That "unknown" piece looks a LOT like what came with the Metro whole car kit I had originally bought. The trunk seal worked fine. I had issues with the roof rail seal that was too thick at the bottom of the A pillar and caused too much interference with the door closing correctly.
     
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    The weatherstrip sealant seems more to hold the seal in place, not seal. The compression of the rubber does the sealing.
     
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    the " unknown" is not metro i had the metro that i took out , the metro is close to the softseal . now my question... from what i have seen in most GM cars they have the same weatherstrip and from pics i see that the flap when in the channel it lays flat is this correct or does it stands in angle. is this correct in the pic i know its a 69 but most is the same

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    When it's brand new, it will sit with a slight angle. After it sits with the deck lid closed on it...especially in the direct sun where it will absorb heat, it will take form and flatten out some.
     
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