Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

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Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby 53lake » Fri May 22, 2020 2:05 am

When installing the chrome window frame into my 1968 Traveller front door, I see that there should be a rubber cushion seated where the frame contacts the door at the rear. Pic attached to show what I mean. On my blue 1962 unrestored Minor, there clearly is one. See pic.
I can't find any such part on ESM's site, and they seem the most comprehensive. Any ideas? Or do folks just cut and fit something from sheet rubber?
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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby ManyMinors » Fri May 22, 2020 7:35 am

They should be fitted. I suppose it should be possible to cut a piece of rubber from an old inner tube or similar? I did manage to obtain a pair for my car by ringing round the specialists in the magazine but I can't remember now who had them.
Also, just because a company doesn't list an item on their website it doesn't always mean they don't have them. It is often worth a telephone call.
It is those small details which make the difference on a restoration.

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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby philthehill » Fri May 22, 2020 8:51 am

I have just looked in a genuine BMC parts list and the item required is not shown or listed. I would therefore suggest that you make your own gasket from a suitable material. The sleeve from a Ripaults connector slit lengthways would be a suitable item to use.
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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby SteveClem » Fri May 22, 2020 8:52 am

You could try moulding one from sugru. It made a great job repairing damage to the rubber inserts on my Beetle bumper.

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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby philthehill » Fri May 22, 2020 8:58 am

Moss Europe show the item but Not Currently Available (NCA).

MOSS Pt No: 140837. Item No: 34 in the link below.

https://www.moss-europe.co.uk/shop-by-m ... 51-71.html


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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby KeithL » Fri May 22, 2020 9:16 am

SteveClem wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 8:52 am
You could try moulding one from sugru. It made a great job repairing damage to the rubber inserts on my Beetle bumper.
I've never heard of Sugru before. Is it as good as the website suggests? On the face if it it looks like an alternative to the big tubes of filler if you have a small sealing job, but without all the mess that I usually end up with. Does it dry hard or does it stay flexible? Does it go off if you don't use it? I wonder if your could use it instead of Dum Dum putty around the wood on a Traveller if you rolled it into long strips?


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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby stuffedpike20 » Fri May 22, 2020 9:54 am

SteveClem wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 8:52 am
You could try moulding one from sugru. It made a great job repairing damage to the rubber inserts on my Beetle bumper.
You are brave; using the 'B' word on here!

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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby ManyMinors » Fri May 22, 2020 11:58 am

As Steve's a "regular" we make allowances :wink: . Also, I think driving a Beetle makes him appreciate how good a car a Minor is :lol:

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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby ManyMinors » Fri May 22, 2020 1:47 pm

Just to add something to the original subject. I don't believe this part was ever fitted to the 4 door version - and therefore not to the van and pick-up either.

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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby SteveClem » Fri May 22, 2020 2:35 pm

ManyMinors wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 11:58 am
As Steve's a "regular" we make allowances :wink: . Also, I think driving a Beetle makes him appreciate how good a car a Minor is :lol:
:D :D Yes, the Minor is a better car to drive, but the B****e is a lot of fun and the chrome is better quality.

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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby SteveClem » Fri May 22, 2020 2:42 pm

KeithL wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 9:16 am
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You could try moulding one from sugru. It made a great job repairing damage to the rubber inserts on my Beetle bumper.
I've never heard of Sugru before. Is it as good as the website suggests? On the face if it it looks like an alternative to the big tubes of filler if you have a small sealing job, but without all the mess that I usually end up with. Does it dry hard or does it stay flexible? Does it go off if you don't use it? I wonder if your could use it instead of Dum Dum putty around the wood on a Traveller if you rolled it into long strips?
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It’s useful stuff and sets like rubber. If you keep the little packets in a cool place they keep for a couple of years.
I’ve used the black to do repairs to little cracks on window rubbers and the results are good. Practically invisible.

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Re: Window frame to front door rubber? Help please

Postby 53lake » Fri May 22, 2020 7:44 pm

Great suggestions, thanks! I also never heard of Sugru but can already think of a hundred or so uses.

Looking through the various parts I've purchased but not yet installed, and thinking outside the box, I noticed the rubber strip that goes between the bulkhead and bonnet seems to have the exact profile needed. See pic. Maybe some judicious trimming leaving a flap so the frame screws lock it in place might just do the trick. Think I'll cannibalize the rubber now and order another for the bulkhead later.
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