billw

1936 Airstream roof seam

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hi I recently finished restoring 1936 Desoto Airstream s1.Although it came out spectacular i made a huge mistake in not filling the seam on roof  with body filler thinking i could get a roof seam gasket .I used a t shaped windshield gasket and siliconed it in place. It looks great however it leaks.I would like to get the correct gasket if anyone knows where, that would be awesome.Can anyone tell me if originally the seam was lead filled by Chysler .OR was there a gasket . If i cannot find gasket I will have to refinish most of the body.  very costly and much labor thank for your help

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Check with member Knobless. He has made a roof seal for the steel insert on '36 Dodge cars. It may work for you. His gasket seals below the top on the flange and has a "T" shaped top to cover the top seam. Doesn't hurt to ask. If you want a sample I have a piece I could send you to check. He was out of it but talked about redoing some. good luck!

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Hudson and Terraplane used a VERY similar seal on their 1935 only closed cars - coupes and sedans.   Has bee reproduced a couple times over recent decades.  Currently available at https://www.wrphet.com/. 

 

PN #309 in the "Body" section of the catalog.   Ask for a couple inch sample first.  Good luck.

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Never heard anything back from this guy!

 

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On 1/11/2020 at 4:14 PM, jpage said:

Never heard anything back from this guy!

 

I should have them early spring hopefully, if others are looking, thanks

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Knobless I am doing 1936 Desoto like billw, not at body stage yet but would need one as well if you think it will fit.

Peter W

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