Our weatherstripping had seen better days.
Weatherstripping takes a beating. Exposed to the elements and smog, that supple piece of weatherstripping that seals out rain, cold, and keeps your Corvette cabin warm and cozy just doesn't get enough credit. When it fails, you certainly hear and feel the consequences.
Our '86 Corvette project car was in terrible shape. The outer-seal rubber was completely dead, missing whole sections that had fallen inside the door itself. The inner door panel was destroyed at the point of the inner weatherstrip seal, and the entire rubber seal around the door looked as though huge rubber-munching mice had taken hold and were tunneling through the door. Time for help.
We are also due for some new door panels from Al Knoch. The upper portion of this panel is
The folks at Mid America came to the rescue with a complete kit for our doors, including inner and outer window-seal strips that were a snap to install, as well as new door panels and a door weatherstrip kit from Al Knoch.
For the most part, the installation was easy; but the large number of brittle plastic pieces we encountered when disassembling and reinstalling the door panels proved to be difficult. The sun-baked components had a tendency to break before coming apart; so, if you haven't tackled this job, get ready-the parts are clearly a challenge. We advise purchasing a manual that shows the placement of the pieces.
Follow along as we work to make our Corvette airtight.
Carefully unhook and remove the inner door panel. Lower the window glass to the lowest poi
Here's a close-up look at the clips from the old seal, and a view of the new outer one. Wh
Using a window-molding release tool, the outer window seal can be removed. Be careful not