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 Post subject: Help with Leaks!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:37 pm 
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Hey all,

New to this site, and I'm hoping I can get a little advice. I bought a 1970 Camaro a few months ago. Overall great car. The previous owner did a lot of work on the engine and body, but the interior is completely shot. There is also a problem with a water leak in the trunk, and following really heavy rains on the passenger door. I'm not so worried about the passenger door, as it is pretty clear what weather stripping needs to be replaced. For the life of me I can't solve the water issue in the trunk. Hidden leaks! I originally thought it was a worn butel window weld on the rear glass. I pulled the glass and replaced the seal. Pretty sure I did a good job, so that wasn't it -- or at least completely it. The leaking is less, but still can't figure it out. I also replaced the weather strip around the trunk. I've all but gotten in the trunk, and can't see an obvious water stain or metal crack or anything. Any recommendations for tracking such leaks down? I'd like to repair it myself, but suppose I could take it to a shop if absolutely stuck. Thanks in advance for the help.

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There is a method people use by which you add smoke to the the inside of the car and watch for it to come out the seals. This give you an idea of where the gaps are.

Do you have a spoiler on the trunk lid? Often times the rubber seals on the bolt holes dry out and leak.

One more area to think about is the trim around the rear window. The corners of the window area is a likely spot for pinhole rust. You may need to remove the trim around the window and look there. The First Gen Camaros have that problem, and the water goes straight to the trunk. I think 2nd Gen would be similar.

I am moving this thread to the Shop Night forum...

And welcome to the club.

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 Post subject: Leaking trunk
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:14 pm 
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Kelly, check with Tony, our treas., as he has a similar problem with water in his trunk! I 'm not sure if he has located the leak Two heads are always better than one. Good luck!!
Welcome to the club,I'm sure you will enjoy being a member- WE DO HAVE FUN! Bob(Green 69)


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 Post subject: Re: Leaking trunk
PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:22 pm 
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Green 69 wrote:
Kelly, check with Tony, our treas., as he has a similar problem with water in his trunk! I 'm not sure if he has located the leak Two heads are always better than one. Good luck!!
Welcome to the club,I'm sure you will enjoy being a member- WE DO HAVE FUN! Bob(Green 69)


Bob... Kelley is a member of this site, but not a paid member of the club.

Just a clarification.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:39 am 
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I'm doing my best to reel him in-I feel he will be on our roster soon!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2006 4:50 pm 
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Kelly,

Welcome to the site! I have a 72 with the same problem of water getting in the trunk. You may also want to check the gaskets around the taillights for your water source as well. Clint is right about checking under the trim around the rear window. I've had my rear window re-sealed and put new weatherstripping in the trunk, too - to no avail. I still get water in my truck.


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 Post subject: Help with leaks
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 2:07 pm 
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I have a '73 and had a terrible leak and finally found a split in the seam just outside of the gasket that was hard to see. I filled it with clear silicone. I found it just by checking around inside the trunk with a flashlight. Good Luck.
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 Post subject: Trunk leaks
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 2:03 am 
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My 95 Z28 convertible leaked into the trunk and flooded the right rear passenger floor until I had all trunk gaskets replaced. I discoverd that rain water would pool in that corner as the back of the car sits higher than the front. I also used clear silicone caulk to ensure the top had no leaks where it meets the body. I also now cover her whenever it's going to rain as Camaro's are famous for leaking although my 76 Corvette Stingray did the same thing as did my 73 RS. I discovered the solution after placing paper towels in the trunk and then pouring water onto the closed trunk lid and watching the water flow pattern on the towels in the trunk. That led to the right corner and a warn trunk gasket. I hope this helps.
Alice in Bethesda

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