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1937 Plymouth P4 Coupe Trouble with trunk seal


Mark in SA
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I purchased a hard rubber trunk seal gasket from Andy Berbaum 3/8" thick and hard rubber.  They told me to install it in the trunk lid using 3M adhesive.  Once installed, the trunk no longer fit right and the trunk was elevated by atleast 1/8  to 3/16 all the way around.  Fit proper before installing their gasket.  Checked with them to make sure I had the proper gasket to which they replied yes.  I then called STEELE rubber products and inquired about their gasket.  3/4" thick of soft foam.  They instructed me to install it on the vehicle and not the lid.   ???   I requested a sample of the gasket to  which they agreed to send.  Berbaum was $45 but didn't work for me.  STEELE is $130 and not sure yet.  Looking for suggestions on product availability and where to install the gasket in the proper place?   Mark

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Check with Restoration Specialties in Pa.. They make and sell foam extrusion in bulk. Do you have any of the old seal left; if it's a rectangular shape about 1/2in by 3/4 in or so, it's their number 93313 which does fasten to the lid, not the body. This number is for WPC cars from '37-'40. Incidentally.  Ask for Jeff if you call and they will send you samples if you wish. Their number is 814-467-9842.

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Thankyou guys for your input.  Yes I agree that STEELE has a better product but want to see it first.  Just pricy!!!!  I just went to Restoration Specialists and their website is cumbersome and undergoing repair.  I did find the molding jpage was referring to.  It's the same shape that Berbaumn sold be but theirs was extremely hard.  Will request a sample from Jeff as recommended and possibly a hard copy catalog for $5 as promoted.  Also saw a metal clip I'm in need of to hold down the center chrome strip on the hood or at least I believe that's what it is for.  Will also verify from Jeff.  Any way, might be a good source for the few items I am missing.  ie rubber bumpers for the rear trunk lid that attach to the bottom of the trunk lid with 2 screws,   2 large rubber washers that go under the outside AM radio antenna mount, some molding clips and a small metal clip with a square hole in the middle of it that activates the door lock on the passenger side.  What are WPC cars and how do I find out if mine is one of them???

 

Thanks again for your help!

 

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Mark, the " WPC" term is a general term referring to all Chrysler Corp. production vehicles in the early years. It stands for Walter P. Chrysler. It saves listing, Dodge, Plymouth , Chrysler and DeSoto. I've been called out before for using this abbreviation because there are many who are not familiar with it. Sorry if I confused you. Can you let us know where you are located? Thanks  I used to work for RS and their materials are very good quality.

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Thanks for your explanation.   Makes sense to me!  I'm located in San Antonio, Texas.  Not sure if mine is a P3 or P4 but it does have vent windows if that is a deciding factor.  I am keeping my coupe original.  Much of the car was disassembled when I got it therefore putting things back is quite challenging for me. Originally bought in San Antonio and was last driven in 1957 due to the registration on the vehicle.  Generally no rust other then what you would expect from nuts and bolts 85 years old.   Not a mechanic by any means so rely on friends and forums such as this.  I need a wiring harness so again I am open to recommendations.  I have been convinced to switch to 12 volt for any number of reasons, and will relocate the battery in the trunk rather then under the front seat.  That was a crazy location for the battery.  I have used this forum in the past and you in particular helped me with the door handles dilemma.  Just got in door springs from Missouri Spring Company and hope to have the doors working properly next week.  My email address is Jackleym13@yahoo.com and my phone number is 210-365-6927 if you don't mind continuing a discussion on a private note for items not necessary for this forum.

 

Mark

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