Part composition unknown. Anyone seen a new one?

myotis1134

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Hey guys, so my car gets broken into 3 weeks back, and I order a new front passenger window. Window shows, I go in, and the guy kicks me out because he doesn't have some tool to remove the rivets in the bumpers that connect the glass to the elevator/regulator/whatever.

So I had to cut the ******** out with a dremel, which got aluminum and steel fragments all over the grease stuck to the regulator parts. So I had to cut the rivets holding the regulator onto the door and yank it to clean all the contaminated grease off.

Long story short - it sucked a little. However, I don't want to talk about that. When I was initially removing the window trim to begin vacuuming glass, a felt bumper fell off of the outer squeegee part - obviously intended to keep the glass from head-butting the outer door panel.

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You can see the inside bumper through the brand ******* new glass. The outside bumper lines up opposite it.

The bumper was held onto the squeegee by 2 rivets. They are very small, I haven't measured them yet - probably smaller than 1/8".

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Somehow I lost the passenger side bumper, so I had to tear into the driver side door to get some specs - only to discover the driver side bumper had fallen off too... I found it and removed it from the bottom of the door, and this is where the trouble started, as well as the purpose of this post..

I can't figure out what the outside layer of this bumper is made out of. It appears to be very rusted metal, but I'm damn near convinced it's leather...

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The inner-facing layer is clearly felt, but the other side... I'm not sure at all. I hit it with a nylon brush on a dremel, which didn't do much, so I hit one half with WD40 and have been letting it soak in for about an hour. Hopefully that will decide the leather theory.

But hey, if anyone has dealt with these parts before, I'd like to know what they are made out of. They're small, and not complex, so I should be able to make one. Two I guess.

Thanks in advance.

p.s. here's some summer-**** from Alaska!

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PaulTAutoX

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Oooo, Alaska looks nice!
I agree that from the pic it looks like rusted metal. Hold a magnet next to it to prove/disprove that it's steel or one of the lesser grades of stainless, other materials are non-magnetic.
The outside of a leather piece can get that "bubbled up" look when deteriorated, but any material that has an outer skin or coating can do that. A small section scraped with a knife blade might answer your question. Let us know what you find! I might have to go into my doors sometime soon.
 

myotis1134

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Bottom layer is rubber, specs below. Top layer is woven felt - probably 0.062" thick, but the next size up is 0.125" - and it could have gotten squished over 30 years.

https://www.superiorfelt.com/

Felt was stitched onto the rubber strip along with some sort of adhesive. The rubber is medium-flexible, I don't know how to measure it in terms of durometers yet, but I could make one out of silicone that would be tougher.

Entire assembly is fastened to the "door-glass-run assembly" with a couple of 1/8" rivets.

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Entire felt-on-rubber part is approx 4 mm / 0.157" thick.
 

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I've just drilled out the rivets and removed the little rusty pad, and have replaced several weatherstrips when better looking wrecking yard examples come along thru the years. Better removed than scratching the glass.

Replacements are discontinued; even checked Green Sales. For fit note 54 (SHO) and silver:
F4DZ-5421452-B
Weatherstrip Assy - Door Window
R.H., Bright insert

F4DZ-5421453-B
Weatherstrip Assy - Door Window
L.H., Bright insert
 
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