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Square Pants
Journeyman

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From: Phoenix, AZ
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 09-06-2002 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Square Pants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was driving home from work today and it was pouring out... Yes, that happens from time to time here in Phoenix

While it was raining, I found out that the front of the convertible top leaks a bunch of water from where it meets up with the windshield. Soaked my pants good... glad I was on the way home!

Does anyone have any experience replacing the weather stripping on the front or somehow getting a better seal? Also, can I just do the front without having to do the sides?

Any advice would be helpful since it is most likey going to rain all weekend.

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-Lee
73 Convertible, 351C-2V, FMX, Headers and Dual Exhaust
And saving up for the next project...

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mellowyellow
Gearhead

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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 09-07-2002 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, the w/shield w/strip is available for just the header. It' about 45.00 There is a section in shop manual for cv top install and w/strip. Mustang Restoration Handbook also has info on it.

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MidLifCrisis
Gearhead

Posts: 464
From: Frederick County, MD
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 09-07-2002 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SquarePants: I have the leak as well in my '67 convert. The front edge of my top lifts at speed to let in air and water, does yours? I haven't tried to fix it, as I am currently involved in front disc brake swap. I want to replace the rear springs first to get rid of the nose up attitude and see if that helps. Charlie

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Square Pants
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 09-07-2002 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Square Pants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MidLifCrisis:
Yes, my top seems to be sealed fine when not in motion but I think I may have fixed my problem.

I inspected the header seal and found it in good shape so I went to a local parts store (AutoZone) and got some 5/16" x 3/4" x 10' solid weather strip (not the kind with the air hole in the middle) and some weather strip sealer.

I bonded the new weather strip to the header seal around noon and let it dry. In a couple hours it was raining pretty good again so I took it out for a spin and didn't have any more leaks! The top still closes just as easily as before too.

I will probably end up ordering a new header seal anyway since they're only around $20 as a more permanent solution. But for a $7 investment and about 15 minutes of work, I can stay dry on the way to work now.

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-Lee
73 Convertible, 351C-2V, FMX, Headers and Dual Exhaust
And saving up for the next project...

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