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Fitting the Boot Lid Seal

Bob Hughes

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I am fast approaching the time to fit my new rubber seal to the boot lid. The old seal was located in the groove in the shroud, if my understanding is correct it should be fitted to the lid. I do not have a scooby doo how it is fitted or which way around. In section, it is slightly banana shaped with a small thickening at each end. Any help would be appreciated.




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Hi Bob,

Yes, the boot seal fits in the lid. I've attached a photo of the original seal in my BT7. One side of the seal has a slightly larger rounded edge...it goes to the outside.



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BJ8 Mk III 1967


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The question can arise as to how the seal can be aligned neatly and secured so that it does its job. This was the technique I used to obtain a seal that does not leak, but it does require quite a bit of flexibility -- or the help of someone who has it. It is best done with the fuel tank out of the car (and perhaps the battery) and someone on the outside to close and open the boot lid.

Lay the seal on the flange of the shroud all the way around, with the ends of the seal butted at the bottom and the flat side of the seal toward the boot lid. Secure it to the shroud at intervals around its length with masking tape.
Get into the boot with a light and a pencil. Making sure the seal fits properly on the shroud flange and mates well with the boot lid around its entire length, mark the inside edge of the seal on the bottom of the boot lid.

Now you can get out of the boot, remove the masking tape, and glue the seal to the boot lid with contact cement or weatherstrip adhesive, following the pencil mark and starting at one end of the seal. Do not stretch the seal as you work you way around the boot opening.

Jack T

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The question can arise as to how the seal can be aligned neatly and secured so that it does its job. This was the technique I used to obtain a seal that does not leak, ....

We are talking about a British car here, are we not? What's this about "a seal that does not leak"? I was not aware that even was a thing.🙄


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I posted the procedure that I used, and my boot lid seal hasn't leak since installed in 2014. Maybe I got lucky, but I think the installation technique had something to do with it. It's easy enough to do if you can get into the boot with the lid closed, or find a talented kid to do it for you.

Bob Hughes

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All good stuff guys, I was contemplating trying to look up through the hole that would be normally covered by the tank, I do not think that I would fit in the boot being 6 ft and some 14.5 stone. If I can not see daylight then I must be onto a winner.


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