1965 Ford Country Sedan (Wagon) Tailgate Weatherstripping

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  1. SquiggleDog

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    I've hit another snag while working on this 1965 Ford Country Sedan. As usual, parts it needs aren't available. The main piece is the rear window seal at the beltline of the tailgate. It is what keeps water out of the tailgate to prevent it from rusting out. Since I am installing a new old stock tailgate, this is very important.

    The seal fits across the top like this. It appears to be made of a piece of rubber which has a slightly tapered and rounded edge where it fits against the window glass. It is lightly ribbed underneath. Then a stiffer piece of rubber is glued to it at an angle.
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    I'm hoping that maybe the Falcon wagons used this same piece, though in a shorter length. I fear that I'm the first person to ever restore one of these wagons, and likely no one before me has found a solution.
     
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    There is a short section of steel channel with rubber in it at the upper center of the tailgate, apparently there to prevent the glass from hitting the window regulator. The cross-section of the rubber is the same as what goes along the upper edge of the tailgate trim panel, which I'm guessing may have been covered in something like felt at one point to keep from scratching the glass? IMAG7611.jpg

    It also appears to have the rubber wedged underneath the metal channel.
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    It would be nice to find this rubber in length, but it wouldn't surprise me if it's not available, either.
     
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    The weatherstripping behind the tailgate is in poor condition, too.
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    This is what the cross-section looks like, and it's held on with plastic clips that fit into holes in the rubber and body.
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    The corners are different pieces which were glued to the center section.
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    The side pieces are also molded.
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    Two of these plastic clips broke.
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    I'll see what I can come up with, but don't have a lot of hope. I think you need deep pockets to restore a Ford due to needing to have everything tooled and built from scratch.
     
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    I think that cross section you show in photo #4, above, is a pretty standard piece you can get by the foot or yard. Not sure on the others. Check out Rubber The Right Way
     
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    How did it go with your weatherstrip search? Im following this thread because I am in the same situation.
     
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    Not good so far. It all seems to be specially-molded, and parts availability for these cars is dismal.
     
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    Well, here is something I found out in another group you might want to try. For the outer window seal i was told that the International 7400 dump truck door weather strip will work great. Also recommended garage door seal that you can buy a home depot. Supposedly the garage door seal is cheap and will keep out 95% of water. I'm going to try the second one. I just bought my wagon and had no idea parts were so scarce.
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    I did a search for the International 7400 door weatherstrip but got overloaded with a bunch of a pictures of different things... As for the garage door seal, I don't know if 95% is going to be acceptable, but it does look very close to what came out of it.
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    And yes, no one seems to make any parts for these cars unless they happen to also fit Mustangs.
     
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    Thanks. I'll search.
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    Hopefully you'll find something suitable.
     

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