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Old 08-25-2018, 12:33 PM
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Vent window restoration doesn't seal

Hey guys, having an issue with one of my vent windows.

I bought a kit from BJ's to do both front vent windows, just about done with the first one (what a job) and upon installation I can see some light through the vent window seal around the pivot area.

2018-08-25_11-27-57 by Jimmy Casey Photography, on Flickr

2018-08-25_11-28-10 by Jimmy Casey Photography, on Flickr

My drivers side factory one which I haven't started on yet seals perfectly..

Any ideas what I should do here? Or what I did wrong?
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:37 PM
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is it a hole or bunched up material? cant see it so good in the pic, it appears the window closed correctly?, you might try massaging it out/ stretching with some heat and use a wooden dowel to press the gasket tight into the corners - or buy some black silicone an put a dab in the hole?

It's just a grand ol time replacing that seal - right??? hey at least you had the guts to do it
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Old 08-26-2018, 04:20 PM
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is it a hole or bunched up material? cant see it so good in the pic, it appears the window closed correctly?, you might try massaging it out/ stretching with some heat and use a wooden dowel to press the gasket tight into the corners - or buy some black silicone an put a dab in the hole?

It's just a grand ol time replacing that seal - right??? hey at least you had the guts to do it
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It just looks like there isn't enough material there to seal around the pivot point. The "hole" is just above the window in between the frame and the glass.

Yeah, it definitely sucks, I really just want it to work so I don't have to re do it haha
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:15 PM
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Yeah I experienced the same thing when I did my Seals from BJs too. There is a 2" by 1/16" gap on both windows.

I was thinking of:

A) Going to a glass shop and seeing if they had a U shaped rubber gasket I can slip on the vent window to seal that gap,

Or

B) Getting a can of liquid plastic and making my own seal.

Haven't gotten around to it, I just turn the stereo up!
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Old 08-28-2018, 09:24 AM
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Yeah I experienced the same thing when I did my Seals from BJs too. There is a 2" by 1/16" gap on both windows.

I was thinking of:

A) Going to a glass shop and seeing if they had a U shaped rubber gasket I can slip on the vent window to seal that gap,

Or

B) Getting a can of liquid plastic and making my own seal.

Haven't gotten around to it, I just turn the stereo up!
Going to attempt a liquid seal today.

Debating if I should leave the stock seal on the other side. Pretty disappointed in the aftermarket for these trucks lately haha
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:26 PM
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Could you post a picher of the new one you haven't installed with the one you removed?
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:04 PM
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Think I figured out the issue.

Theres a sliver of weatherstrip that seems to be missing, not sure if it's a defect or not, definitely isn't something I cut off.

New one (passenger side)
2018-08-30_11-55-53 by Jimmy Casey Photography, on Flickr

Old (drivers side)
2018-08-30_12-00-59 by Jimmy Casey Photography, on Flickr

Comparing the two
2018-08-30_12-01-56 by Jimmy Casey Photography, on Flickr

I'm not pulling the passenger one back apart, I'm debating if I wanna leave the drivers side on as the heat shrunk the weatherstrip. But it still seals fine.
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Old 08-30-2018, 03:56 PM
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When using repop parts you have to have reasonable expectations or you're going to be disappointed. they're seldom perfect, often not much good, and sometimes total crap. considering the ultra-low volume they sell we're lucky they make anything.

that said the vent seals I installed from Bj's fit and seal great. but I have the older style pivot so maybe that fits better.
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Old 08-30-2018, 11:17 PM
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When using repop parts you have to have reasonable expectations or you're going to be disappointed. they're seldom perfect, often not much good, and sometimes total crap. considering the ultra-low volume they sell we're lucky they make anything.

that said the vent seals I installed from Bj's fit and seal great. but I have the older style pivot so maybe that fits better.
I understand some fitment issues, but not pieces missing. Especially for the almost 200 dollar price tag. Too much material makes sense, but not too little.

I can see there is an outline of a rubber piece thats supposed to be there but it isn't.
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:38 PM
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On '78 and older the pivot was altogether different. since mine fit fine I assume that's what they were made to fit. is it possible there is a pre and post 1978 seal option ?

Most likely they only make one and you just have to live with it but I'm not sure.
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