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    Question door seals

    I recently replaced the door seals and "welting" on my 240. However, now you have to "slam" the door in order for it to close flush with the body. Has anyone else had this problem?

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    Hi, I also have a 240 and cant close the doors with new weatherstripping. I also moved the door in, out, up ,down. Then I tried lining the door up with no weatherstripping. All the seams on the body lined up and I put the "stuff" back on and couldnt close them. VERY frustrating. Looking at the old "stuff" and the new they seem to be made different. I got the new stripping from Nissan but its not doing the trick. I, too, as a Z-car nut need .......... ........HELP !!! Tom

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    Probably doesn't help any but when I was at the last Northeast Z adventure, You were there right Tom?, There was a 77 280 with 14,000 orginal miles on it and the seals were still like new. The Hatch would not close without one of the doors open or a window down. They seem to be pretty tight when they were (are?) new.

    Just more useless ramblings from me, as i don't even own one yet.

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    Hi Nate, that was me at the car show. How have you been? Still lookin' for that perfect Z? I know you will be successful in finding one. My doors look like they want to pop open even when shut. I wish I had the problem of tight seals as long as they fit. I will keep buying sets until I get them to fit.
    I'll see you at the National show next year. Its in our back yard so we gotta be there. Take care, Tom

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    I am at the point of using a razor blide knife to trim the stripping for a better fit. I realize this is dangerous considering the time and aggrevation involved in replacing the weather stripping, but I don't see an alternative.

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    Do a forum search for "weatherstripping". I'm sure I've read about this problem before. Not sure what the repair is. Good luck.
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    Just a few thoughts. Did you adjust the window frame after installing the new weather stripping? If the new weather stripping is thicker than the old one (likely, especially after the old one has been compressed for so many years), then the new stripping will put excess pressure on the window frame. If not remedied this can actually rip the door skin where the window frame attaches. To test for this. roll down the window and loosen the window frame adjusting bolts . Then try closing the door. Does it close any easier? If this helps, you will have to remove the interior door panel and adjust the window track, so the window won't bind in the newly adjusted frame.

    Something else to look out for. When I replaced the weatherstripping on my '72 the driver's side door closed perfectly, but the passenger side was under incredible pressure.
    The door would literally 'pop" open when you opened it. Sounded like a gun firing. I tried readjusting the window frame (even ended up taking it out all together), to no avail. So it was binding in the door somewhere. Turns out that I had stretched the weatherstripping a little when I installed it (I hate that yellow glue!@#@#!!!) and it was pinching the door just about where the door latch is. I.e. the weatherstripping wasn't positioned properly and was jamming against the interior edge of the door. It didn't look that far out of position, but that was what was causing the problem.

    I tried (not very successfully) to remove the weatherstripping intact so I could try reinstalling it, but it ripped in several places (did I mention how much I hate that yellow glue . Without the weatherstripping the door lines up and closes perfectly. so when I feel the need for more frustration and aggravation I'll attempt to reinstall it .
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    Excellent idea peterc!

    I've been involved in quite a few questions about this problem and I don't think any of us thought about the adjustment on the window frame.

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