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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 05:22 PM
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Thankfully, they have finally figured out how to make new seals that are softer.
I would think that you could fabricate a fixture out of wood to where the trunk lid was clamped down upside down. Applying gentle and slow pressure with the clamps to flatter out the curve. I matched the curve on my front fenders to my hood by using a 2x4 and gently bending the hood but, I was adding more bow which is much easier that trying to remove it.

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ONLY use the USA Made Daniel Carpenter brand. They fit and work excellent. I used one last year on my '65. The Scott Drake ones suck... The material is not right. Way too hard.

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Even Ford had issues like this, so don't feel too bad. Here is a TSB from early '67 where dealers had trouble installing back window mouldings (factory ones lol) that still wouldn't fit right.

TSB #58 - January 27, 1967
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If difficulty is experienced during back window moulding installation, the mouldings should be installed using the following procedure.
1. Place 200 pounds of shot on the window glass.
2. Fabricate a tamper from two pounds of body sealer and wrap the sealer with body tape or a shop towel.
3. Place the mouldings in position and tap into place with the fabricated tamper.
4. After the mouldings are installed with the moulding lip engaged under the retainer, remove the 200 pounds of shot from the glass.

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ONLY use the USA Made Daniel Carpenter brand. They fit and work excellent. I used one last year on my '65. The Scott Drake ones suck... The material is not right. Way too hard.

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I stand corrected. You are right Tony. The one I used was a Carpenter, not Drake. Very nice seals!

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I think mine were Scott Drake though I got them through a local supplier. Pretty stiff and didn't compress too well. I'll try the Carpenter brand next time.

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@DrHawkeye it sounds like your issue may be the old "I need Bedding and Glazing compound with a new rear window gasket" routine.

Rear Window is fine. I don't think that's ever been removed. Had leaks at the windshield for a bit before I parked it in '03. Windshield companies could never solve it. I think the windshield was removed when the interior and headliner were done a few years ago, cuz I was surprised there was no leaking. Until last week. But at least I have an idea who to take it to.
As for the trunk leaking, I know those seals were replaced when the car was painted, so I'll probably replace them with better ones and hope that addresses the problem.
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Even Ford had issues like this, so don't feel too bad. Here is a TSB from early '67 where dealers had trouble installing back window mouldings (factory ones lol) that still wouldn't fit right.

TSB #58 - January 27, 1967
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If difficulty is experienced during back window moulding installation, the mouldings should be installed using the following procedure.
1. Place 200 pounds of shot on the window glass.
2. Fabricate a tamper from two pounds of body sealer and wrap the sealer with body tape or a shop towel.
3. Place the mouldings in position and tap into place with the fabricated tamper.
4. After the mouldings are installed with the moulding lip engaged under the retainer, remove the 200 pounds of shot from the glass.
Slight side note here: what is '200 pounds of shot'? I have never heard of this term, or maybe it was little bit before me....

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Shot means the lead pellets used in shotgun shells.
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after thinking about it further, I have a feeling we did change my trunk lid 20 years ago when the fenders were replaced. Back in about '76 I had interrupted someone stealing my wire wheel covers and they took off but cam back and paid me back by wrenching on my bike rack, twisting my bumper and deforming the back edge of the trunk lid. I think the guy doing my bodywork suggested putting a new one on rather than fixing the bent one and I think I agreed (more regrets). If true, then the replacement lid may be the problem rather than the replacement fenders. Is there a way to tell if the trunk lid is a repo vs the original? If it is repo, then I want to check the curvature on a new repo and see if it is a better alignment and if it is, maybe II'll just go for a new one. I'm looking for an original one locally but haven't found one yet. If I go repo, is Dynacorn my best bet or should I be looking at another manufacturer?

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Notice this on almost every 65-66 I see. Mine too! It's probably one of those factory "tolerance" or lack of we hear about. I noticed on mine the flat rear face of the lid doesn't line up with the quarter extensions either (like it's pushed in). This tells me the decklid is bowed and @Woodchuck is right here.


It's just a little rust...

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good to know. I guess i have to avoid comparing mine to the high quality rebuilds with their really close gaps that i see at mustang shows and remember that mine isn't that. Still, I want to improve it as much as I can so all of your comments and tips are greatly appreciated, If I figure out whether its the panels or the lid, I'll let you know.

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@64.5gcl you have me wanting to mess with mine again now. Thanks ! !

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Sorry, my bad. My problem is there are other things I need to be doing to the car and so fixating on this doesn't make a lot of sense but it is the one I see every time I walk up to the car so I guess it gets my attention the most.

Good luck on yours.
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