the rubber on the underside of the windshield posts (A pillar) on both my drivers and passengers sides are toast, completely disintegrating.  This rubber seals up against the front of the vent window frame on each door when the doors are closed.  USA Parts seems to call these "convertible door pillar seal".

What is the best way to replace these and how are they removed?  Are they just held in by friction?  My shop manual seems to make no reference.  USA Parts has them for $86 per pair.  Is this the best way to go?  

thanks much

Nile Bolen

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Do you know if USA parts is still in business 

I thought They went our of business a while ago 




you might try - Rubber the right way or Steele Rubber Products to see what they offer 


I have no idea if USA parts is still in biz, I was just using their old catalog to find out what people called that seal on the underside of each side of the windshield.  Thanks for the recommendations, I'll check out those companies.  Have you seen any threads here on the site for how to replace those parts?  how to remove them?

thanks, Nile

USA Parts is back in business after closing for a short period. I just recently placed an order for a few things and they arrived in a little less than a week. You can submit an order form and they will call you back in a day or so. I would recommend that you ask them to double check that they have what you're looking for in stock as they didn't have a few things in my order, but they always have some of the best prices out there so it's worth checking.

I recently replaced that rubber seal you're talking about. I'll go take a look at mine tonight and see how I installed it. I'm pretty sure it had plastic push pins and I used a trim sealant for good measure.  

Thank You you for the update regarding USA Parts 

Glad they are open again 

Hard to keep up with all the changes that Covid has caused regarding businesses for the last few years going out of business and supply issues 


thanks all, but what is of most help is how to remove the existing rubber.  I don't see anything on the site with help on it.  I suppose I could order the new ones (both Rubber the Right Way and Steele seem to have them) and maybe figure it out given what the new ones look like.  But I don't want to hack things up by prying if I cannot see where a screw might be located.  any help is apprecaited, thx

I looked at mine and it has two small plastic pop clips at the bottom holding it in. From what I recall, you can pop those out with a trim remover or flathead screwdriver and then peel the old strip up and out. Then you can apply some adhesive to the new seal and press it in. I used Permatex Black Silicone. It's good stuff. You will probably have to trim the new seal to size beforehand. Make sure to test fit and mark it off with a paint pen so you know exactly how much you need to cut and just use a box cutter to slice it. 


Not sure about your concern about removing the  old door pillar seal 

Get it off any way you can —and in the process you will learn what you need to know about what is holding it on 

Cannot do any damage as I see it 

It is trash anyway—so  just clean up the mating surfaces for the sealant 

The new rubber seal and some sealant  ( 3m ) will give you a good  idea about how it SB installed correctly


thanks Tony and Ginny.  appreciated.  part of starting this thread was to make sure there wasn't any obvious advice.  I've defintely broken and damaged lots of things over the years on this and other cars not knowing how to remove things, when 5 min of expert advice would have avoided it.  I'll proceed with caution after I order and receive the new parts.  cheers,  Nile


Once you learn what is holding the seal on and how you removed it ——Pls post the info on this tread to be helping others in the community in the future with the same issue you are having getting the seal off 

The info will then  be available to others in the community when they may be looking for it here as you were 


good point.  will give it my best (I'm less than stellar on the techy front....)

You will be fine with the info posted already —- cheers !! 



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