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Old 01-17-2004, 02:06 PM   #15
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I lied to you My batttery door doesn't have a gasket, it has a couple of rubber bumpers. The Service Manual shows a gasket around the door. So either there was a manufacturing change that never made the manual or? Mine shuts tight, and doesn't rattle, if any water was to get inside it wouldn't make any difference because the entire compartment in lined in plastic and caulked in place.


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Old 01-17-2004, 07:26 PM   #16
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I would definitely want something to seal around the door. The 63 I am doing a shell off restoration on had a 1ft x 2ft hole rotted through the floor under the battery box. The frame kept the battery from falling down into the belly pan.

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Old 01-19-2004, 07:03 AM   #17
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My ' 79 Sov. is sure missing what ever was used to seal out the elements.

Do you have an adress for obtaining a service manual for my ' 79 Sov. ? It sure would help. I havn't done an archive search. There could be one there.
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Old 01-19-2004, 07:29 AM   #18
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Skip -- You should be able to assess your window, door, and fridge/battery access gaskets even before you find a service manual. Are they brittle and cracked? Look at and you very well may be able to find your year and model. Make up an order but talk to Andy first -- I found I was shorting myself on some of the materials.

And don't forget the 2 plumbing roof vents -- those rubber gaskets go south too.

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Old 01-19-2004, 09:30 AM   #19
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Thanks Bob,

Yeah, my other gaskets seem to be in pretty good shape. I will probably replace some, but I hate to get one the vents when there are no leaks. 'Course the other side is you want to wait until it leaks or pick your time to replace it.

I just sold a ' 73 international 31' with what appeared to be the original seals,gaskets, leaks. However, needed everything else...just more than I wanted to do..

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