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74 GTV Trunk Seal- Finally one that fits!

I have been having a hard time finding the correct trunk seal for my GTV. I bought them from IAP and Re-Originals, but they both left my trunk lid setting proud of the rear surfaces. I had to jury rig the latch to make it close. Both seals had the metal inserts in them and a higher profile than would comfortably fit.

I took a chance on an Ebay auction for a trunk seal from "alfamania", (see auction 290001820055). I paid a steep price for it, but IT WORKS! There is no metal insert and the profile allowed me to return my trunk lid to its correct height.

I'm sure there are those of you out there who have had the same problem. I'm attaching two photos: one of my trunk lid fitting correctly, and one of the trunk seals. The one on the left is the profile view of the new one that works; the one on the right is the one that didn't.

If you are interested, search on alfamania on Ebay and look at his auction items.
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Awesome! Thanks for being so brave.

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So anyone know why IAP/Re-Originals sent the metal-insert one as the replacement for the GTV, but wouldn't fit? Was it the wrong piece?

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Which one is the same as the original type?

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GTV Trunk Seal

In response to jthames, both IAP and Re-Originals said it was the proper one for the GTV. They couldn't or wouldn't help when I told them it didn't fit properly. I'm not sure what the original was was supposed to be like, when I got my GTV, the previous owner had stuck some self-adhering home weatherstripping on the trunk lid!

I just heard from alfamania (Fabio at <[email protected]>) and he has one left.....

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Which one is the same as the original type?
The metal insert one.

My car has what I am pretty sure is the original trunk seal and it has a metal insert just like the right hand one in the picture. Now remember my car has been off the road for 20 years (I think) and considering it's poor condition when I bought it and the amount of different overspray on the trunk seal ... well I reckon its the original.

The big test now is will it leak exhaust fumes with this new one? AND also will it stay on after the boot lid is opened and had bags dragged over it, etc.

Also has your car ever had a hit in the rear?, because the boot lid fit is a massive issue on these cars. In trying to restore my boot lid I've discovered that the lid frame gets bent around the hinge area and this is why you often see cars with the boot lid proud at the base of the rear windscreen ... not that yours is, which is great .

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I recently bought a new trunk seal from OKParts - it is similar to the one on the right in your pic.

IMHO - in this type of case I'd prefer functionality over originality so if the left rubber seal works better for you...use it.

My existing trunk seal contains metal inserts and the metal has worn through the rubber, is scratching the boots paintwork and is causing surface rust at this point (looks like the metal in the rubber seal started rusting first and has then spread surface cancer to where it has scratched the boot).

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for some of us, the "functionality" of the metal insert style keeps the trunk lid sitting proud by a mm or two of the rest of the trunk area.

And it also requires a slam to get the trunk to latch.

If one thinks that it might take time for the metal one to set, I'm still waiting for it to set after 7 years.

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for some of us, the "functionality" of the metal insert style keeps the trunk lid sitting proud by a mm or two of the rest of the trunk area.

And it also requires a slam to get the trunk to latch.

If one thinks that it might take time for the metal one to set, I'm still waiting for it to set after 7 years.

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I believe James is on the side of the non-original seal ... as it works better .

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"If one thinks that it might take time for the metal one to set, I'm still waiting for it to set after 7 years."

Ha!! LOL!

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Alfamania still has one on ebay as of Friday midday.

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I don't understand why it should be a problem finding a rubber extrusion like that. What about Metro Rubber in the US, they have a very comprehensive stock; or Woolies / East Kent Trim / Complete Automobilist (etc) in the UK. Problems will occur, of course, if the rubber is made of that new-fangled rubbish which is just too firm - it might be identical in x-section but just will not compress like the original did. I've ranted about this in the past! Alfaholics came good on the early style of trunk seal but I still needed to fit a slim U-shaped extrusion to the trunk aperture to prevent water leaking in etc.

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