Got Rubbers?

Discussion in 'Chassis restoration' started by BubbaJ, May 23, 2020.

  1. BubbaJ

    BubbaJ Well-Known Member

    Hello! Well I have another question and hope this is the correct place for it. My 69 is ready for weatherstripping. I will need a complete set, bumper to bumper. This is the closest thing I have found.

    Have any of you purchased from OPGI? How's the quality and fit? Other places like Jegs do not show a full kit and, being my first restore, I do not really know everything I will need. Your suggestions are appreciated! IMG_0701.JPG

    Thank you!
  2. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Steele Rubber, Metro rubber & Sof Seal come to mind as my go to. Forget OPGI as they are just resellers of others products.
  3. ssmock

    ssmock Well-Known Member

    Rubber the Right Way is another supplier. Just bought a convertible top seal kit from OPGI. The kit is a Soft Seal brand kit and after shopping around the OPGI was $70 cheaper than the others plus free shipping. So I saved about $100 overall. Quality looks good, I guess we will see after its installed. Sometimes companies like OPGI have a better deal you just have to be sure what you are wanting and shop around. Amazing what handling and shipping costs are these days, savings on the sales tax as well buying online.
  4. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Yeah, sorry forgot Rubber the Right Way.
  5. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Most of them suck. Any of those brands doors won’t shut, trunk won’t shut and power windows won’t close. Most trunk pieces the bead is thicker than stock. No idea who comes up with this. Piece it out. Precision brand for trunk. Doors get the latex Parts Place sells. I used both of these on my GSX. Roof rails I’m not sure. I used NOS. I would try Parts Place latex for that if the sell.
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  6. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Definitely go with Precision on the trunk. I’ve bought two. Nice fit and correct look.
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  7. BuickV8Mike

    BuickV8Mike SD Buick Fan

    Those beltline glass wipers don't seem to have chrome. These would seem to me as the highest potential risk. You don't have "Special Trim" or do you? These seem to range quite a bit in price.
  8. BubbaJ

    BubbaJ Well-Known Member

    I've ordered from Steele Rubber before and was satisfied. Looks like I have a lot of shopping to do.
    Precision is out of stock so that's out. RTRW seems really overpriced. Is it worth paying twice the amount of other sites?
    The Parts Place appears to have everything but not in one kit. If the quality is good there, I might go with them. Copperheadgs1 has me worried. Maybe I should call and talk to them before purchasing. Better to be right the first time even if it is more expensive.
    Thanks for all your input on this. Your experience really helps us first timers.. !

    I have heard different things about the felt wipers. Some will come with chrome and some expect that you will use the original chrome. My car does not have special trim but does have a lot of chrome. I still have most of it in good shape.

    Thanks again!
  9. BuickV8Mike

    BuickV8Mike SD Buick Fan

    The reason I bring up special trim is most of the EBay ones will not work if you don't have it. I don't believe the chrome could "transfer" and you would need to get the correct wipers with the stainless bead.

  10. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    Cars should sell the outer sweepers with the round chrome bead. I’m not as familiar with 69 as I am 70-72. Assuming they look the same with chrome bead? For those I got mine from TWE brand for a Chevelle were a perfect fit and nicest I found. I can’t speak for 69 however. I would just order piece at a time. Kits are rarely any good .
  11. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    You will definitely have to re drill some of the holes in the door/body for the window sweeps. They never line up with the original holes. Some may and some may not but you will be doing some drilling. Expect the worst and you won’t be surprised. I’ve done several.
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  12. BubbaJ

    BubbaJ Well-Known Member

    OK, you re correct to a point. I got the small kit from Steele Rubber and tested on the trunk. It is a little thick but the trunk will close with moderate pressure. Apparently, the foam rubber will compress over time and continue a good seal. I can make it work. The rest I will piece out as I go. Good news is, the cowl seal fits nicely. The one I ordered a year ago from Summit was about a foot too short. I'll try the doors when I get more contact cement.
  13. trodwen

    trodwen Member

    Got mine from Steele Rubber also, and I have no complaints with the quality.

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