In a quest to get a supplier other than WEFCO who no longer makes white rubber, I am in need of some samples (scrap pieces, really) of the various rubber trim. With these I will approach several rubber product companies to discuss making dies to cut these profiles in white extrusions. Eric Meissner was nice enough to send me some of the rub rail, (although I'm not sure it's been agreed upon what the correct profile is for the rub rail). I still need window gasket material and the hatch rubber.
Anyone have any bits, let me know. Maybe we'll all benefit in the future (those who still care enough to have white rubber anyway
Well, I made a call to an in-state rubber manufacturer. At the outset it looked like a fair deal...their advertising was $350 for a die to be cut, and a minimum order of $500. Not bad, but then I called and the rep said the die is more like $500, and for white rubber, the order would need to be in the thousands of dollars. I cannot invest that kind of money, nor do I need that much product, but there are MANY such operations, and I'll keep trying. Still looking for windshield gasket/ hatch gasket scraps as samples.
I wouldn't mind coughing up the money to get it done if I knew I had buyers to help defray the cost. Eventually I'd like to get a group buy together once I can find a place willing to do it for a reasonable sum and smaller order.
Hi Eric, I have the same issue. Unfortunately mine is quite different than yours. I had decided to just try and clean and scrub mine in order to revive it so to speak. Of course I'm neck deep in the Woody Resorter so I never got very far. Lol
That's awesome to hear. I'd like to try to get a bunch of people who need or want Seafair rubber together and we can do this. Heck, maybe we can even get Terry some window rubber that will fit properly so he doesn't have to still use his originals (yup, I read that thread!)
Trouble is getting the word out...this fantastic glassic forum doesn't seem to have much action at the moment...
I have a Wefco sample package they put together for a Glasspar event down in Florida.
I can send you a slice of the rubrail that fits my 59. Also have a sample of the original hatch gasket which was used on the helm panels and wrapped the edge under the windows in the cabin.
The cabin and flybridge windshield gasket extrusion is a mystery. I cut out a sample of the original and they twice tried and could not match it properly.
Wefco once courted the marine industry plying that pretty white EDPM for our classics. Running the white product requires cleaning house to prevent contamination. They typically run carbon black all day and it is everywhere and costs them to clean up for the occasional white order.
Wefco has the original dies. How about assembling a large order of Glasspar rubber in white and present it to Robin.
I have called and spoken with Robin and another guy on several occasions. It actually got kind of heated with the email messages I was exchanging with the guy (name unknown). They've let me know in no uncertain terms they will never run any rubber but black again. They used to do custom colors, white, grey,....no longer. Hence the need to find another company who will. I'd love samples of what you can give me. And, if I can get a place to do this, would you be interested in new white rubber for your windows? The die would be made off an original piece so it should fit properly.
Also, please tell your friends in the Glasspar community (I know you have a lot more connections than I) that there is a crazy guy willing to get these Seafair specific extrusions made with a little help in the way of orders or monetary assistance. It can be done.
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Thanks Eric but all I did was take her apart, clean and recoat and put it all back together again.
Folks at Tomahawk appreciated seeing a small cruiser up there and those lights in the arena really made Mama Mia! sparkle.
That prop was original to the 61 Merc 800a on the Glasspar. I spun the bushing last summer and have had it replaced.
And I still run the original 800a power head although most of what you see here is a 1961 800b using a 1969 1150 swivel and Power T/T assembly.
The cowl wrap is still original black paint and the lettered MERCURY Top Hat is original although recoated.
Regarding the Wefco not sure what you are holding here but looks like the hatch gasket I sent you. Wefco on two occasions shipped gaskets that did not fit and they had an original sample I sent them.
Oh, that's the hatch gasket I am holding? I was assuming it was window gasket. It looks like the gap is almost too big to cling to the hatch edge, but maybe it isn't. But that makes more sense now. It's a rainy day here so I'll have to wait to un-tarp the boat and try it on for size.
I assume my window channel and gasket are the same as what you have. I have not taken it apart so at the moment a cross section is out. I'll have to pull one of the windows eventually to get a seal out as a template for the molding knife.