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For some months I've been finding puddles of water in the corner of the boot/trunk. Suspecting the convertible roof compartment and/or boot seals I checked the seals and poured litres of water EVERYWHERE to no avail. Still I could not find what was causing the leaks. Then I realised the water was coming in through the side vents or whatever the hell they are, because the silly little rubber seals that fit around the plastic vent fitting has perished. So I have both sides of my boot rusted through because of these stupid litte seals!!! See photos below and add these seals to your list of rubber to check!

I'm thinking of welding up these vents as I really can't see what good they are doing - does anyone have any idea what on earth they are for?!!

Also I still can't remember the trick for inserting photos from picasa!!

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The 107 had airflow through the doors and into the boot. the vents in the boot are to relieve cabin pressure when the windows are rolled up and you close the door or turn the air on. I believe they also ventilate the boot area as well.

I suppose you can do without them, but do you really want to?
 

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They dont exist in my 73 !
 

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I did replace the metal on that side !:D. The new floor for the drivers side of the trunk had a funny dip in it. It fit, so I welded it in. It wasn't till later I saw a picture of later 107's that had those vents ! Probably would have let the water out of my trunk. Good observation ! That goes to show you guys pay attention !
 

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according to the EPC they are "AS OF" a particular VIN, so they may have been added in as an afterthought. interesting to hear what their purpose is apart from rusting through both sides of my boot floor.
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another question: does anyone have any idea what the part number of the seal is that goes around these? It's not on the epc as a part so it must be one that you cut to size. any ideas?
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Yikes ! That was the ghost of xmas past ! I carved all that out ! Fonzi is getting ready to toss his 107 out into the cold cruel world. He's gonna get a visit from the rust ferry too ! These cars leak like a screen door on a submarine if left out in the rain! Ask me! I know. 2 short years and you have all seen what I got after keeping mine in the garage nearly 30 years ! As I always say my friends : "be afraid ! Be very afraid !:eek:
 

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Thanks. I think those are the no's of the vent and the flap, but there is a softish rubber (i.e. not o-ring rubber) ring that goes between the bent and the metal wall.
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Thanks. I think those are the no's of the vent and the flap, but there is a softish rubber (i.e. not o-ring rubber) ring that goes between the bent and the metal wall.
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I know.......no part number on those....sorry. Maybe you can chase it with the assy #.


In any event..........I would get some black or clear caulking and be done with it.


After all...that's what I did. :)
 
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