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Julian1v

1953 Plymouth Cranbrook convertible or 54 Belvedere

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In another post I mentioned that I am in the process of restoring a 1953 Plymouth Cranbrook convertible club coupe, down in Australia.

A lot of good work has been done but one of our last problems is getting the weather seals between the roof and some parts of the body right ( windscreen-top bow and roof to  rear quarter windows particularly ). The old weather seals have crumbled away. We managed to import some seals from the U.S. but not all, and we are looking at having someone fabricate the remaining bits. Our problem is, we don't have any pictures that show the profiles of the seals. Does anyone in the forum own one of these cars, or is able to put me in touch with someone who has one? I think the '54 Belvedere convertible also has the same weatherstripping. We would love to get some pictures of how certain seals look and fit.

 

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Maybe Auburnowners car would be the same?

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Auburnseeker's Wayfarer Sportabout is entirely different, it only has a windows in the doors, no rear quarter windows on that model. You need to find a 1953-1954 Plymouth or Dodge convertible for parts or pictures. 

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I was actually getting ready to order a new header seal for mine as mine is collapsed so it doesn't seal properly.  It also doesn't look quite right to me anyways.  Steele rubber products offers a seal for my car. Did you try them or Metro Rubber for what you need? 

My windshield is also V'eed 2 piece. 

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Thanks Auburnseeker. I have tried Steele who said they didn't have the correct seals. ( By the way, I love your Sportabout ).

I know that Metro sell "universal parts". Has anyone used these in their projects? And if so, were they satisfactory?

Thanks for your interest all. Any tips greatly appreciated. I want to get the old girl watertight before the Australian winter. Also, to all of the forum members, stay safe everybody. This virus is really nasty, and  lot of people who restore these beautiful cars are in my age bracket, hence more vulnerable. Then again, out in the garage, surrounded by fuel vapors... maybe that's the safest place. Take care anyway.

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They do list the header seal for my car on Steele.  Not sure about Metro,  but metro lists some rubbber pieces for my Auburn so I was going to try to order everything from them.  If i get the header weatherseal in,  I'll let you know how it fits if it's a generic type seal. 

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Many thanks. I would appreciate your thoughts on that.

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From what I found the seal on my car matches Steele's seal best.  The other ones on Metro don't look right and will leave the screws exposed to mark up the header.  I'll figure out what to order tomorrow and when I get them in,  I'll let you know how it fit. 

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