Structure of Rubber SealsVW Type 3 rubbers seals, like all automobile rubber seals, must be fabricated from ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber in order to cope with the exposure that VW and all automobile rubber seals have. The lifetime of a rubber seal will depend largely on its chemical structure. The hardness of the rubber seal must also be optimized for the elasticity required. This depends on whether it is a large rubber seal that wraps around a window, or a small molded rubber piece.
VW Type 3 (Notchback, Squareback and Fastback) Rubber Seals
Our VW Type 3 window rubber seals are either German made or else the finest American rubber seal reproductions available. We do not offer "third world" rubber seals except as we may indicate where particular rubber seals are very expensive and may be effectively replaced with lesser rubber seals. We understand the Volkswagen world's experience with its history of problems with 'third world' rubber seals. The hardness ("duro") and elasticity of our VW Notchback, Squareback and Fastback rubber seals is optimum and the seals are time tested in hundreds of VW restorations over our forty plus years in business.
VW Rubber Seal Packages
We have supplied rubber seals to Volkswagen Type 3 restorers doing "ground up" restoration requiring most, or all, of the rubber seals for their VW. And we have supplied smaller packages of rubber seals. Over the years we have tried to group VW rubber seals into packages of popular selections. However our customer needs varied so much that packages are now offered as custom rubber seal packages based on request. We have listed some specials for commonly requested packages of window seals for all three: Notchback, Fastback and Squareback. If you require multiple rubber seals, please list the seals and send us an email or call our VW rubber guru, Kevin, and we will quote you on your own rubber seal needs.
Cal Look versus American Style Window Seals
Cal Look Type 3 rubber seals are, by far, more popular than the American style rubber seals. The Cal Look rubber seal has a solid rubber outer wall. The American Style rubber seal has a groove into which a molding is inserted. The American style seals are requested especially by the enthusiast whose wishes are to have absolutely authentic rubber seals in his or her car, including for entry into shows. The Cal Look seal will last at least as long and is easier to work with. We recommend the Cal Look rubber seals for practical purposes, and of course stock the American style Type 3 seals for those owners who want the American style seal where original and where the owner desires absolute originality.
Individual VW Notchback, Squareback and Fastback web site pages
The links on this page should take you to rubber seals pages of interest. Shopping for parts with us is secure. We have taken every step available to protect our shoppers including not storing credit card numbers after they are utilized. We have been offering parts to the Volkswagen restorer since we started in 1974. There are people here to help should you need it. Our contact information is available right on top of each VW Type 3 page on this site.