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That's interesting. Do you mean that the seal and glass are held in by trim you can remove? I had assumed you pressed the seal in and then put the glass in... but I don't know anything about how those windows work...

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That's interesting. Do you mean that the seal and glass are held in by trim you can remove? I had assumed you pressed the seal in and then put the glass in... but I don't know anything about how those windows work...

Yes. At least on the w115, there are screws to hold the fixed glass in place with the seal. I'm pretty confident there would not be any easy way to pop the glass into the seal if the seal was already in place.

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I have been looking for the right window seal, like you I have not had luck. I have contacted the classic center and they do not have it, I have also had a German friend contact some sources in Germany to no luck. I am about to try and find a used one with a window in it and use that, but many of the old ones are in bad shape. I will let you know if I come across something,
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Customs, I found a place in Arizona that has a couple of used ones, I just picked one up from him on ebay. Just fit it in the car and fit great, slightly dried but still flexible. He said he had 4 w108 chassis show up, same part as a w109. The ebay seller is ffantazija11, he has a store.

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The ebay seller is ffantazija11, he has a store.

I have been very pleased buying from him.

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Customs, I found a place in Arizona that has a couple of used ones, I just picked one up from him on ebay. Just fit it in the car and fit great, slightly dried but still flexible. He said he had 4 w108 chassis show up, same part as a w109. The ebay seller is ffantazija11, he has a store.

Hope this helps.

Thank you The S, I have bought from him before and I am currently waiting some minor interior details from him.

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Those seals are no longer available at Benz since 5 years ago, same with the W110 and W111 ones. So far no repros, front ones are also on the 150$ range new if you are lucky to get one.

Try to avoid any door and side window seal repro, from experience its not worth money spent, they are mainly manufactured in Turkey and quality is quite bad, same for sunvisors and headlight glasses.

I have just finished restoring a Ponton 220s convertible, if you think those W108 door seals are expensive wait for any convertible classic benz, you need at least a platinum AMEX.

Im in europe and know almost every parts supplier here, I also sell benz parts on ebay (garajeantiguo) and to some of the suppliers. Its getting quite difficult to find some benz parts, the classic center no longer have them and we have to rely on private networks to find them.
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So what it boils down to is "stock" parts are impossible to find, not in production and expensive if they ARE found ... This sounds like a reasonable argument in favor of something from Turkey or modifying parts from another brand. The alternative is water and other environmental intrusion.
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problem is those turkish repros are worst than original in bad condition. Better try to find a good used one even if they are not that perfect, you can always use some sealant for the small windows.

As for door seals avoid repros at all, they dont fit and in really short time will brake apart. On the other hand they have good moulding repros for W108 W109 W114 W116 W123, that I have to say.
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