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Old 08-30-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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'79 Hardtop weatherstripping

I've searched and haven't found any information, does anyone have any photos of how the weatherstripping for the top is installed?
The long quarter panel to top pieces are self explanatory, it's the two pieces along the front leading edge I'm having trouble with. It appears one piece is attached to the body of the Bronco, and the other is glued to the top itself. I'm having a hard time figuring out the proper orientation.
The w/s on my top is long gone, apparently hasn't been on there in the 18 years I've owned it and I never really noticed the glue residue where it was. And I think the w/s on the body must have been removed by the body shop, or it too was missing, because I have no memory of it...
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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I've got the top off of mine right now Lance and will try and get you some pics to go off of. Weatherstripping was in place on mine when I got new ones so I had a reference to go off of. However I'm not 100% sure it was factory installed obviously.
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #3
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Post those pics in here if you would, Rick. I need to replace mine and would like to see them, too.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #4
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Pictures as requested. Good sticky adhesive is required for this stuff. I've found that every year I take this thing off I always have to reglue a section or two. Of course when you leave on the ground like I did this year certainly doesn't make it any better








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I hope these help.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #5
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Clean the inside of the top really well, including getting rid of loose paint. I used 3M trim adhesive, brushed on both the top and the weatherstrip. Let dry until tacky,and then start pressing the weatherstrip in place.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:40 PM   #7
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And I think you can probably lose the windshield shades now. They're probably not doing a whole lot anymore.
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Fantastic, thank you very much! That answers all of my questions perfectly, and also reveals that I'm still missing one piece: I don't have the vinyl that slips over the inner seam on the top opening (white, in your case). I'll have to source some of that.
Now that I know which body seam that double piece goes on, and the correct orientation, I can get that one installed tonight.
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Fantastic, thank you very much! That answers all of my questions perfectly, and also reveals that I'm still missing one piece: I don't have the vinyl that slips over the inner seam on the top opening (white, in your case). I'll have to source some of that.
Now that I know which body seam that double piece goes on, and the correct orientation, I can get that one installed tonight.
Thanks again.
You are welcome my friend.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:57 PM   #12
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Is the weatherstripping you buy for the 78-79s any good? I mean does it actually fit or does it require a zillion hours to fit up correctly.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:25 AM   #13
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Is the weatherstripping you buy for the 78-79s any good? I mean does it actually fit or does it require a zillion hours to fit up correctly.
I got all the weatherstrip for the topper from JBG earlier this year and it fit like a glove. The end section that fits into the tailgate needed a little love, but not that bad at all.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:56 PM   #14
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Good to know, Christian. I've been pondering whether to go to Dennis Carpenter ($$$$) or JBG ($$) for those. If JBG's work fine, I may as well save a few pennies.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:39 PM   #15
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LMC has them pretty cheap and their catalog shows the exploded view of parts orientation, helped me see why there is two seals for the same area.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:53 AM   #16
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Do NOT buy any rubber weatherstrip stuff from LMC. All they're good for are knick knack stuff and the exploded diagrams in their catalogs.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #17
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:30 AM   #18
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I got mine from http://www.dennis-carpenter.com/pdf/66-96Bronco.pdf
Some of the stuff is more expensive but well worth the quality IMHO.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:01 AM   #19
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Dennis sells his stuff to the other sites......he has the machines in charlotte to make the rubber..but his price is higher for that reason..Get it from JBG..I did and I am very happy with it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:01 PM   #20
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bob, the JBG isn't from Dennis Carpenter, is it? Carpenter's stuff is great but it's expensive as hell.
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