I am looking for someone around the Mpls/St.Paul metro area who has an 84 door, or an entire car, that I could use to develop and test a way to make my dew wipes work on the 84. I have had multiple inquiries on dew wipes for 84's so I think I'd like to take a stab at it. Let me know what you got and we can work out a deal.
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The distance between the door skin and window is about an 1/8"wider than the 85-88's. I've never seen one up close so I'm not sure if it's just a door skin thing or something else, but I'd like to install a new dew wipe and see what I need to change to make it work.
Somewhere midway through the 84 run they changed the 84 doorskin mounting. My 84 has regular old dew wipes and they work fine.
Hmm, that's interesting, so the doorskin to glass measurement is 3/4" and not 7/8"? I wonder what the cutoff point is? Everything I've read says 84's are different. What is the build date for your car? You sure your doors are original?
Somewhere miidway through the 84 run they changed the 84 doorskin mounting. My 84 has regular old dew wipes and they work fine.
Yep I had early doors on my '84 but switched to power doors from another '84 with the newer style door skin. I replaced the dew wipes about 10 years ago with GM parts for the later cars and they fit fine.
This is a late '84 door skin, iirc the early skin can be identified by the notch in the area of the yellow line. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, it's been a while.
The Fiero parts catalog has a 1st design (P/N# 20590904 RH) and 2nd design (P/N# 20682346 RH) listed for the 84 door skin. The 85-up door skin uses the 20682346 (RH) number. I Google-d the numbers but couldn't find any sort of production date cutoff for the switch.
So here is a picture of an early 84 1st design dew wipe next to a new one. Everything is identical except for the large lip opposite the window sweep side.
The new dew wipe will bolt in place of the 1st design and will contact the glass normally. The problem is, without the large lip to slip under the door skin, there is a gap between the skin and dew wipe.
I think a round or D-shaped rubber weatherstrip applied to the gap between the door skin and frame before installing the dew wipe would work.
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