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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old May 10th, 02, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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My '69 is a factory air car, but i do not have the weatherstrip that mounts on the top of the rad. support. I inquired about it thru a parts vendor and asked about the plastic clips that are supposed to fit into factory holes on the support. The vendor says the weatherstrip does not come with clips.
To further complicate the matter, my car does not have the holes on the rad. support for the weatherstrip to attach to, although i see the dimples where the holes should be punched.
I am confused, did early cars not get this weatherstrip? (mine was born 11-1-68)

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old May 10th, 02, 06:17 PM
 
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Mike, my 10/68 built 69 had A/C and definitly had the seal. Someone may have replaced the the radiator support at one time in your cars life and never transfered the seal over...do you have the side seal plates?
As far as the clips are concerned later model Camaros, like 2nd Gens used a similar clip (maybe identical) to hold the cowl to hood seal in place...just a thought. Good luck.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old May 11th, 02, 03:46 AM Thread Starter
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Panther,
I'm not sure what the side seal plates are, or what the clips should look like.
Could you take some pictures of yours and maybe email to me??

I really want to put it back the way it should be.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old May 11th, 02, 08:21 AM
 
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Mike, I no longer own the car..heres a page from the 69 assembly manual..hope it can be of some help..

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old May 11th, 02, 03:49 PM
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The clips on mine were steel, not plastic. However, you can't see them, once installed. Since your holes are not drilled, find a clip that will work, and drill the appropriate size holes.
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I second that... the original clips on my car are steel.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old May 11th, 02, 08:07 PM
 
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I know they're steel...as are the ones on 2nd Gen cars..

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old May 12th, 02, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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Steel? Seems like i someone once told me they were plastic, but nonetheless, the part vendor says there are no clips with their seal. (softseal)
I didn't even see the part in the Ricks catalog.

Has anyone purchased this piece from a vendor? If so, who??



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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old May 12th, 02, 02:51 PM
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I'm betting you could make new ones out of piano wire, available at any hobby store. Make an elongated diamond with two "ears" at the top, similar to the originals. You would choose a guage that would "squeeze" into the holes, and spring back, to hold the seal secure on top of the core support.

Should look like this:

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old May 12th, 02, 02:53 PM
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OK, so my attempt at cad drawing didn't work out so well, but you get the picture.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old May 13th, 02, 09:03 AM
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The correct clips (or at least they looked like the original ones on my car)are available from any auto parts store that has a Dorman Supply or can order from the Dorman Catalog. I have also seen these type clips at some shops under the 'Help' brand products. The clips are metal and have a slightly greenish color to them when new.
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old May 13th, 02, 09:28 AM
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What is the purpose of the side shields? I picked up a set at Carlisle but don't have AC. Would they help direct more air through the radiator?

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old May 14th, 02, 12:07 AM
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Any photo of those side shields?

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old May 14th, 02, 12:46 AM
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Rick is corect, the seals are to seal between the fender, its extension , and the radiator support to prevent recirculation of hot air. More common on A/C equipped cars.

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