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1976 Grand Prix T-Tops

Post by Abashore1980 on Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:53 pm

Hi all, new to the forum here! I have a '76 Grand Prix with the American Hatch T-tops. The seals obviously leak. I've been doing some sniffing around the web to try and find new seals, but I can't find anything at all for this specific application. The best I can find so far is seals for a 78 Hurst Hatch T-top. I'm pretty sure it won't fit at all.

Does anyone know where I can find these, or if there is another application I could use? Something close at least? I checked out Steele Rubber's universal stuff but nothing really looks close.

I tried to take care not to further damage the weatherstrip seals when removing them. In the event I need to reuse them, I had some ideas on reconditioning them, but I'd rather buy new if it's an option.

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks,

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Post by Joe73 on Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:03 pm

Also search for sil-glyde. Theres some info out there about reconditioning rubber parts with it. Ive tried it and it works well. And its also great on sliding parts on brake calipers.
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Re: 1976 Grand Prix T-Tops

Post by Abashore1980 on Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:46 am

Thanks, I've heard that stuff works well. I have a tube of it that I use to grease the caliper slides every time I work on disc brakes. I've heard dielectric grease or bulb grease works well too.

I've called a few dealerships that actually installed the t-tops back in the 70's and 80's. Nothing but dead ends. Looks like I may have to go the reconditioning route.

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:45 pm

I've heard the cry of "help" for years now from guys looking for Hurst t-top seals for '73-'77 years who are unable to find them. And, from what I understand, each t-top supplier had their own unique design...so, chances of one brand working with another is slim to none. I think you'd have a better chance at winning the lottery than finding a set of the lesser known American Hatch seals.
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Post by ant7377 on Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:27 pm

Try steele rubber products . Maybe they sell a bulk product that would work.
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Re: 1976 Grand Prix T-Tops

Post by Abashore1980 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:11 pm

Mcarlo77 wrote:I've heard the cry of "help" for years now from guys looking for Hurst t-top seals for '73-'77 years who are unable to find them. And, from what I understand, each t-top supplier had their own unique design...so, chances of one brand working with another is slim to none. I think you'd have a better chance at winning the lottery than finding a set of the lesser known American Hatch seals.

I'll cross my fingers for the next Powerball drawing then

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Post by Abashore1980 on Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:12 pm

ant7377 wrote:Try steele rubber products . Maybe they sell a bulk product that would work.

Thanks, already checked them out. Nothing similar, but I may be able to MacGuyver something. We shall see.

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