hood to cowl seal for 1961 buick lesabre

MartyET

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looking for hood to cowl seal. part sites carry years 1960, 1964, 1965. no one seems to stock the 61. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated! Also not sure yet on how to remove clips? Special tool or needle nose pliers?
 
I would not rely on part descriptions from suppliers. They are totally unreliable. I would instead check a GM part catalog book (and part interchange resource) for this body type. LeSabre is a B type like the Wildcat. B, C and E share many parts, except engine. A is the Special and Skylark -- very different. And generally, the 61-65 parts are interchangeable.

But frankly, a kid in 1965 would have used whatever seal, without regards for exact fit. Get a piece of self-adhesive trunk weatherstripping seal from Metro or Steele, cut to length, glue, done.
 
The seal is also called hood ledge anti-squeak, cowl lacing, hood lace etc. The Buick Master Parts Book shows it is GM part no 1195750. The only cars that use it are 1961-62 full size Buicks. A search by part number did not turn up any leads.

You may be able to find some bulk material from a supplier such as Steele Rubber which can be punched to accept the 10 fastener clips. The trick would be to match the cross section of the existing Buick part to their roll material or some reproduction seal for a car/truck of that era.

The clips are GM part no 4758423. That number was superceded by no 3767720. The 3767720 shown here is available as a reproduction item:


Inserting a small flat blade screwdriver or needle nose pliers under the center of the clip should allow it to be pried loose. No special tools are called out for the clip in the shop or body manual. Typical GM vehicles using these clips are some 1960-63 GMC trucks, 1961-62 full size Pontiacs, 1961-64 full size Buicks, 1965 Riviera, 1962-66 Chevy IIs, 1964-66 Chevelles among others. These might be a starting place to search for seals with a similar cross section.
 
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MartyET

Member
I would not rely on part descriptions from suppliers. They are totally unreliable. I would instead check a GM part catalog book (and part interchange resource) for this body type. LeSabre is a B type like the Wildcat. B, C and E share many parts, except engine. A is the Special and Skylark -- very different. And generally, the 61-65 parts are interchangeable.

But frankly, a kid in 1965 would have used whatever seal, without regards for exact fit. Get a piece of self-adhesive trunk weatherstripping seal from Metro or Steele, cut to length, glue, done.
Would love to get my hands on one of those parts catalogs!
 

MartyET

Member
The seal is also called hood ledge anti-squeak, cowl lacing, hood lace etc. The Buick Master Parts Book shows it is GM part no 1195750. The only cars that use it are 1961-62 full size Buicks. A search by part number did not turn up any leads.

You may be able to find some bulk material from a supplier such as Steele Rubber which can be punched to accept the 10 fastener clips. The trick would be to match the cross section of the existing Buick part to their roll material or some reproduction seal for a car/truck of that era.

The clips are GM part no 4758423. That number was superceded by no 3767720. The 3767720 shown here is available as a reproduction item:


Inserting a small flat blade screwdriver or needle nose pliers under the center of the clip should allow it to be pried loose. No special tools are called out for the clip in the shop or body manual. Typical GM vehicles using these clips are some 1960-63 GMC trucks, 1961-62 full size Pontiacs, 1961-64 full size Buicks, 1965 Riviera, 1962-66 Chevy IIs, 1964-66 Chevelles among others. These might be a starting place to search for seals with a similar cross section.
Thank you very your time and info!!!
 
Would love to get my hands on one of those parts catalogs!
These are two editions I used for research on the ‘61 - 1963 US and 1964 Canadian. The US versions have a Chassis and a Body book. I found these on eBay.
 

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GL03

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I first bought several products from Rubber Steele. Then, I went to Metro to replace an incorrect trunk seal I got from Rubber Steele. I recommend everyone use a Digital Caliper to get accurate measurements of your seal and pictures of your profile. The seals are intended to close a gap, and if too small won't do it even with adjustment. The trunk seal I replaced was correct profile but too small. I agree with Charles Team Member don't rely on sellers' claims of fitment.
 
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