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Thanks for your help, I have several gm cars 1977 - 1983, 3 of which leak on the passenger side front floorpan when it rains. I replaced the windshield ribbon on mom's 83 buick and also took apart the heater core box to look for problems. I did notice the entire plastic box is attached to the firewall with some sort of super gm glue. I didn't take it all the way off but did my best job of putting silicone around the sealing areas the best i could. I did see the drain hole in the box and it was clean. All of this and it still leaks although not as bad. My 1979 bonneville has a pond in it today after 1" of rain. I haven't looked in to this yet but it seems that all my gm cars of this vintage must have had problems with leaks as the floorpans on the front pass. side are either rusty or completely gone. Any ideas would help ease my frustrated mind.. Thanks, Duane in northern Arkansas

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HI DUANE, WELL I HAVE SEEN THIS MANY TIMES AND ABOUT 80% OF THE TIME IT IS FROM THE FRONT WINDOW LEAKING..WHEN YOU REPLACED THIS SEAL AROUND THE WINDOW DID YOU REMOVE THE WINDOW AND PUT THE SUPER SEALER AROUND THE METAL PART WHERE THE WINDOW GOES TO..THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IS RUST UNDER THE WINDOW AFTER THE SEAL WAS REMOVED..SO WE CLEAN ALL THIS OUT AND PUT A RUST SEAL LIKE PAINT THAT STOPS THE RUST THEN PUT DOWN THE SEAL AND THEN THE WINDOW AND THAT USUEALLY TAKES CARE OF THE PROBLEM..WE HAVE ALSO FOUND THAT IF YOU REMOVE THE COWL PANEL UNDER THE WIPER ARMS YOU WILL SOMETIMES FIND RUST [HOLES] UNDER THE PANEL AND WATER WILL RUN INTO THE FIREWALL FROM HERE..BUT YOU HAVE TO REMOVE THE COWL PANEL TO CK THIS OUT FULLY.. THIS IS ABOUT THE ONLY PLACES THAT WE SEE THAT HAVE A PROBLEM..GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU,,,TOM

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PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS BEFORE ASKING ANY QUESTIONS. IF THIS CHEVY SECTION IS MAXED OUT.YOU CAN REACH ME IN THE OLDS/BUICK SECTION. Will answer questions from 6:00am to 10:00pm all days [EST][[[ NO DIESEL OR PAINT QUESTIONS]]] will answer all 1965 to present QUESTIONS ON ALL GM'S on mechanics of these cars. Keep in mind i am not there in person i am going on what you are telling me !! PLEASE IF ASKING A QUESTION GIVE ME AS MUCH INFO AS POSSIBLE. THE MORE THE BETTER. SUCH AS YEAR,MAKE,MODEL,ENGINE SIZE. THIS WILL HELP ME HELP YOU. I will not be able to answer all questions because of some situations that i would really need to be there and see things for myself,such as electrical issues. In many cases i would need wiring diagrams. I can also give you an estimate on what the cost would be at our repair shop as an idea to help you. Keep in mind that my answer is ONLY MY ADVICE,ck with your mechanic as well.. >> THANK YOU, TOM..

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I have been a ASE certified master mechanic for over 30 years and certified IN ALL 8 CATEGORIES,[engine repair,engine performance,auto trans,manual trans,clutches,steering and suspension,brakes,electrical systems,heating and air/cond. I am also a state CERTIFIED inspector for over 30 years. I do computer work [pcm]fault codes,pcm flashing,state inspection monitor readiness,repairs on exhaust,fuel service,[injection and carburetor,] charging system problems, running issues,alignments,frame problems,tire balance,struts and of course standard and anti-lock brakes.

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high school,4 years of tech school,and many many hours of auto training with many gm classes and aftermarket training classes..

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