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    Hey mates

    So both my rear hatch seals - the two rubber things that go around the rear hatch - are leaking. I've replaced both in the past but at the top it seems that both have come off and ripped to the point where if it rains water drips into the Z rather regularly. So here's two questions. 1. Does anyone know a good source to get these from? I remember somewhere that you could use a weather seal out of a kia or something, is this true? Secondly, is there some kind of magical trick to get these things to stick?

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    MSA says they weren't made properly and failed quickly. Now they have an "excellent quality" reproduction.

    Motorsport! Rear Deck Inner Weatherstrip, 70-78 240Z-260Z-280Z Coupe - The Z Store! Nissan-Datsun 240Z-260Z-280Z-280ZX-300ZX(Z31/Z32)-350Z-370Z Parts

    Lot's of weather stripping adhesive available, https://www.google.com/#q=auto+weath...pping+adhesive.
    I used the 3M Black Super Adhesive from Autozone to hold the torn original together until I get new stuff.
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    The Kia Sportage seals were for the doors. There are threads here that go into it.
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    Vintage Rubber. I used the whole kit from them, and it worked very well. A little on the pricey side but they fit well and do the job as expected.

    Here's a link to one of the hatch seals for a 280Z.

    Datsun 280Z - Inner Hatch Weather Strip

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    I just did the Kia sportage door seals and they worked awesome. Mine were from a 96 four door, and cost me four bucks a peice. I read somewhere, I think on Hybridz that yu can use the hatch seal out of a second gen integra, which I got from a local yard and am indeed using. It works better than the worn out stock seal did, and seems to keep it dry inside and the hatch still closes fine, but the fit isn't really right, so it functions OK but looks wierd as hell, and isn't a permanent solution, but a decent temp one. If you have the available cash I would go with a repro on the hatch seals and the kia door seals.
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    I have the Vintage Rubber inner hatch seal and it worked fine. I still have to install the one-piece outer hatch seal, but can tell it's an improvement over the original three piece seals.
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    I'm not sure folks will like my solution, but I'll post a pic anyway.

    My seals leaked both water and exhaust fumes, and I got tired of fiddling with them. I was also worried about the hatch getting wet on the inside as it is a daily driver, so I decided to seal off the holes altogether with some custom stainless trim pieces. There's a local guy here who works on Corvette emblems, so he made these from a file I sent him. They were super inexpensive (I think $40 for both) for what they are and they stick on the hatch with 3M tape (I siliconed from the inside to be sure).

    Since then, no fumes, no water...and if someone asks me what the car is I can just point!
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    I have the Kia Sportage seals on my doors and my hatch, I find they work perfectly. The shape of the Kia seal isn't a perfect match but very close
    and I have no water or exhaust leaks. And you can't beat the price, $15 at the wreckers.
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    Ummm- doesn't Nissan still sell those seals?
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    He's not talking about the hatch seals, but the Series I vent grills. There are scuppers inside the hatch that allow cabin air in while directing rain entering the vent grill to be directed to the rear bottom of the hatch. The grills have pins that attach to the scuppers and hold the scuppers against the inside surface of the hatch. Lose the pins or locking devices in the scuppers and you have a path for exhaust fumes and water.

    He has simply covered the grill holes with the aluminum plates.
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