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SundanceKid
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posted 02-22-2001 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SundanceKid   Click Here to Email SundanceKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like some of you know I just bought a 65 Mustang, I opened the trunk today and noticed water on the trunk floor, The trunk seal is in place and seems to be in good shape are there any problem areas to look at? The body seams are nice and sealed as well, I am kinda stumped? Any clues?

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mellowyellow
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posted 02-22-2001 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One way to isolate the leak is to get in the trunk with a flashlight. Have someone close the lid and run a hose around the seams with moderate pressure. Possibly the hinges can be lowered or latch moved a bit. It worked for me.

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Wicked-Toy
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posted 02-22-2001 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wicked-Toy   Click Here to Email Wicked-Toy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably leaks around the rear window and dropping in the trunk. My son's 68 does this a little in a hard rain. For now we just keep a towel under the leak to catch the water and change it out after it rains.
Keeps the trunk from filling up.

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SundanceKid
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posted 02-22-2001 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SundanceKid   Click Here to Email SundanceKid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also thought it may be the rear window, When I get a new car the window seals usualy always needs to be replaced so hopefully that is it, as I planned to do that anyway.

I had a car that I could never find the leak in the trunk even after several YEARS! between that and the cowl (I couldn't find that leak either!) I even went so far as to seal every seam and crack with seam sealer even if water never touched the seam before! The last resort I just welded in a patch panel for the cowl vent no more cowl no more leak? still leaked after that! LOL! Oh, that car wasn't a Mustang though.
Check the hinges to? I'll check those today.
Thanks for the help guys, it's always better if someone else has had the same problem and you can learn form their experiences! Thanks guys.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-22-2001 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was a tech I used to use talcum powder to locate really hard to find leaks. Sometimes the water travels and makes it very hard to find the point of entry.

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68 S-code GT
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posted 02-22-2001 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT   Click Here to Email 68 S-code GT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What?s with the talcum powder? Is it so you can trace where it came from?

Did you check the taillights?

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 02-22-2001 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, you dust it around lightly, and pour just a little water, and you can see exactly where it first starts leaking in.

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'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
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Paul Leonard
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posted 02-23-2001 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Leonard   Click Here to Email Paul Leonard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve,

Thats a great Idea! I would have never thought of the powder trick.

Paul

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66 coupe
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posted 02-23-2001 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66 coupe   Click Here to Email 66 coupe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Definitely check the taillights. The water runs down each side and directly over the lights. A bad gasket can cause significant amounts of water to get in the trunk.

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