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Old 01-26-2020, 08:00 PM   #1
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I see some Convertible Top Weatherstrip for sale that has the cloth covering and some that are just rubber. I know the original was cloth covered. But is there any real difference in how they work? Is one better than the other? The car is slightly modified so originality is not important.
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The purpose of the cloth is so the chrome frames slip into it. Without the cloth, the rubber binds the chrome.

Buy the cloth covered regardless of the quality of the build. GM would not had done it that way if there wasn't a good reason.

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Thanks for the explanation. I will order the cloth covered one.
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Iím looking to buy a new set of weather strips for a 57 convertible top Could
someone please advise the best brand and supplier.
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I ordered Soft Seal brand from H & H Classic Parts. I don't know if it is the best but I have heard good reviews on other Soft Seal products. I emailed H&H to ask if they were cloth covered. They emailed me back and said they were cloth covered.

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I received the SoffSeal weatherstrip. It looks like the 40 year old ones I removed. The old ones were stiff like thy had hard rubber or steel in them. The new ones are flexible. I hope it wont make any difference when they are bolted to the rails.

Next question. There was some sealer between the old weather strip and the roof rails. What type was used and where do you find it?
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Use 3 M strip caulking and use it sparingly. otherwise it will push out and make a mess. First thing is test fit all the parts and make sure they all fit well. Some times I have had to cut the front ones so the length is right. If you don't test fit them before the caulking is used, you will kick yourself for not.......it is messy and just gets messier the more you have to fuss with it.

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Thanks Mikey that is good advice on the weatherstrip caulk.

The kit also had two long rubber seals that go on the header, one wide one narrow. I don't know exactly how they go. I looked in the service manual and in "How To Restore Your 57 Chevy" book. The pictures in both were not real good.

I don't have the metal strips that hold down the seal on the header. The "How To Restore Your 57 Chevy" book said they were often discarded and the seal could be stapled to the tack strip. Do I need to buy those metal strips or will stapling be good enough.

Do these seals go on before or after the cloth top is installed.

I have worked on a lot of Trifives over the years but this my first time messing with a convertible top. All advice and help is appreciated.
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See photos. The softer of the 2 goes between the ends of the first side rail weatherstrip. You will need to cut to length. The other is a true rubber part and it is used after the top material is installed. The metal retainers go on one side, in between the 2 lips. The single side lip just lays on the fabric and this protects the fabric from the stainless on the windshield frame, and also the stainless from the material. On some cars, after a new top was installed, this was left off, and the fabric left impressions in the stainless from years of rubbing and tension.

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Thanks Mikey, those pictures really help a lot.
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