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bnw
08-04-2012, 03:35 PM
The pictures I've seen of old original cars show what is possibly a seal that is molded to the shape of the square corners on the channel. I'm playing with two different seals that will need to be cut to fit. Also, the style of both seals is different and affects the way the trunk deck fits to the body. Before I make anymore mods to the deck, I would love to be using a CORRECT or at least a NEARLY CORRECT seal. Suggestions?

TR3driver
08-04-2012, 05:12 PM
I don't know of anyone selling a molded seal. But the seal I got from TRF a few years back fits well enough, just bending it around the corners. It doesn't hold the lid up.

Only thing, I wish I had cut it longer, as it has shrunk a bit and there is now a 1/4" or so gap where it was cut.

luke44
08-07-2012, 07:17 PM
The seal from TRF fits great I believe - I just put it on. It's 4 sided on the back and fits the channel like a glove. Lays flat, perfect, imo.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7116/7736511282_b6f80c1ec1_z.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7280/7736511350_6b6c7e0e75_z.jpg

mallard
08-07-2012, 08:51 PM
Luke do you have an end shot picture of that seal? I don't think it looks anything like the seal I got from them.

luke44
08-07-2012, 10:47 PM
Let me do some digging for an end piece. I hope the trash hasn't gone out yet!

bnw
08-08-2012, 07:27 AM
It's actually the trunk deck seal, not the spare tire cover seal I'm after. Just ordered the seal from TRF. Be here in a few.

luke44
08-10-2012, 05:33 PM
Luke do you have an end shot picture of that seal? I don't think it looks anything like the seal I got from them.

Is this the pic you want?
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8433/7755432072_db6dd18015_z.jpg

Note the basic 4 sided square shape. Doesn't look at all like it would work at all, but it lays in there perfectly.

TR3driver
08-10-2012, 05:43 PM
That doesn't look anything like my seal, either for the boot or the spare tire cover.

luke44
08-10-2012, 05:58 PM
It's actually the trunk deck seal, not the spare tire cover seal I'm after. Just ordered the seal from TRF. Be here in a few.

BN - here are trunk seal pix as requested. Sorry, no section view (off cuts in trash were gone and I don't want to pull it up to disturb the glue).
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7755545274_7b5b159e52_z.jpg

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/7755544174_39f3ccbc67_z.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7755544664_b0fdd97410_z.jpg


Be sure to cut a small 90 degree relief chamfer in the top right corner(without cutting all the way through the piece).

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8438/7755543680_3ddc06b347_z.jpg

Mmeck
08-10-2012, 07:41 PM
Boy is this timely for me. I just received my seals from TRF and was going to put them in this weekend. What are you using to glue them in? Great pictures. Thanks
Mike

luke44
08-10-2012, 08:38 PM
... What are you using to glue them in? Great pictures. Thanks
Mike

Same stuff I used to glue my carpet and vinyl wheel arch pieces where needed - I think it was called Permatex Headliner and Carpet Adhesive "Auto Body Shop" grade. I was using 3M #08088 Trim Adhesive before but ran out.

Can't see much difference at all between the brands - I'd recommend either one. Pick it up at your local Pep Boys or Auto Zone. Comes in a spray can, about $14.00.

Coat both surfaces - the rubber and the substrate. I sprayed goops of it as needed onto a piece of cardboard and use a solder tinning brush to brush it on to where I wanted it. Excess cleans up easily with mineral spirits or paint thinner. Coat both surfaces, allow to tack up 10 minutes and then set into place. Work quick after the pieces make contact - it sticks pretty good.

Good luck with it.

Don Elliott
08-11-2012, 10:53 AM
There are two designs for the trunk lid seal. Before TS 60000, the seal sits doun in a double walled channel formed of steel and painted when the car gets sprayed.

After TS 60000, there is only one vertical lip and the rubber seal has a slit the full length. The slit sits down onto the single steel painted lip. and is one piece because the 4 corners have been rounded.

On the TR2, the TR3 and TR3As up to TS 60000, the seal is intalled a two pieces. One fits across the top up near the gas filler cap and the 2nd piece goes down one side, turns the 90 deg. corner, goes across the bottom and then back up the other side.

Mine was like this when I bought my 1958 TR3A brand new in May, 1958. It was glued into the slot.

Since 1990, when I finished my 3-year restoration, my trunk lid seal is not glued in/ The double flange keeps it snug without any glue and just befor a judged concours, I can pull it all out and clean the dirt and dust from the slots. Then I push the seal pieces back into place and no judge has ever noticed this in 109,000 miles since 1990.

mallard
08-11-2012, 05:29 PM
Luke thanks for the pictures. Thats the same seal I have for the spare tire cover. I have two of them, one a bit larger than the other.

Don thanks for that deck lid information.