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The Search for Clips...
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I am searching for a source for the clips that hold the rubber weather stripping to my doors. I was able to purchase the rubber profile from Steele and it was not cheap, but the clips, IIRC, were $2.30 each. Now I 'get it' that things cost, and don't mind paying a fair price, but when I got this tiny little bag with 120 clips in it and it was somewhere around $280.00, I got mad and sent them back! I found a bag of old clips in the trunk and have used those for 3 of the 4 doors and now I am down to the 4 left shown here in the picture. I need 36 of them to finish my last door and thought maybe someone might have a supply of used ones I could purchase for a reasonable price?? I have posted in the want-ads as well but thought I might get a lead on this forum too. Thanks in advance for any help or advice. Chris.

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Posted on: 6/16 19:38
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Re: The Search for Clips...
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Fish'n Jim
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Not sure where to find them cheaper.
The places I use for these type parts are:
clipsandfasteners.com
restorationspecialties.com
imperialsupplies.com

They may not be made anymore, so may have to substitute. A tube of weatherstrip adhesive might solve your dilemma. Spread the clips out and glue in between.
Might talk to a local auto body or resto shop they might know where to get them. Either Steele made a run of them or they don't sell many. Cost a lot for inventory, the cost of money plus the cost to house and labor to inventory them.
When you're over the proverbial barrel, you have to cry uncle a lot. It's not like a walk down the local P dealer parts dept.
Maybe U get lucky, someone has some they can share, since you only need a few dozen.

Posted on: 6/17 20:28
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Re: The Search for Clips...
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Ernie Vitucci
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Good Evening Chris...It seems to me that ACE Hardware has some such clips...you could look on line...Also check Bratton's Antique Auto...They do Model A Fords...but it seems to me that they have similar upholistry clips...Ernie Beached in Arizona

Posted on: 6/17 22:08
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Re: The Search for Clips...
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Thanks Fish'n Jim & Ernie,
Appreciate the suggested sources and will certainly follow up. I see Steele's price for these is up 30% since the last time I bought from them, now $3 each! That's insane! Chris.

Posted on: 6/18 3:52
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Re: The Search for Clips...
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Ernie Vitucci
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Well I'll be damned! Steel must arrogantly believe that they can command the price...I'll bet they don't make them, and purchase them from someone else...It would be really funny if ACE or Bratton's have the same thing for 0.75...Ernie Beached in Arizona

Posted on: 6/18 9:36
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The Restoration Specialties online catalog shows a similar clip, number 1992-CLP under the Weatherstrip Clips category. $10 for pkg of 10

Posted on: 6/18 13:30
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Nice...They are a quality restoration and parts business...I have been in their shop in Escondido, California a couple of times...Chris should be happy with their offereings...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 6/18 18:52
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Duncan Michael
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Chris
I have no experience with the clips you have, however you may find a modern alternative here:
https://www.dixied.com/page140.html

Good luck

Posted on: 6/18 19:08
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Re: The Search for Clips...
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Hi Brian, Ernie,
That is for sure the clip! I went in to Restoration Specialties' website and browsed all their 'Clips' and saw nothing even close. Not sure what I did wrong, but Ernie, when you said 'It would be really funny if ACE or Bratton's have the same thing for 0.75'... A buck a piece is pretty darn close!! Ewrecks is sending me some recycled ones and I will top up the count with a couple of bags from Restoration Specialties. Problem solved and I should be able to get my last door weather stripped and sealed up. Many thanks Brian for winnowing through all the options and tracking that down, Ewrecks for sharing your spares, and to Ernie & Jim for their advice and help. You guys are great. Chris.

Posted on: 6/18 19:27
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Duncan Michael,
In my excitement at finding the clips through Restoration Specialties, I somehow missed your post. Sorry, and thanks for the suggestion. I DID go through Dixieland's weather strip fastener offerings, but could not find anything close or substitutable. Irrespective, appreciate your help and input. Chris.

Posted on: 6/18 20:01
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