'88 GT Convertible Weatherstripping

Discussion in 'Fox 5.0 Mustang Tech' started by Calemont, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. Need some advice here on replacing the weatherstripping on a 1988 GT Convertible...

    The inside stripping I think I can handle, but it looks like I might have to remove the window glass to get to the outside rubber. According to Chilton/Haynes this will include drilling out a couple rivets. Now, the only window glass I've ever worked with before was on an old Fiesta long ago and I certainly don't remember have do any drilling.

    I'll be calling a few body shops today to get pricing, but does this sound like something I'd be better off letting a body shop get into or is it still a relatively simple operation once the trim panels are removed?

    Also, does it really take the removal of the rear seats to get the quarter trim panels off? I was having trouble getting the right pressure on the rear bench to slide it back and free of the retaining brackets, as was the help at a nearby Autoparts store I went to for some advice. He was under the impression that the trim might be able to come off without taking out the bench, but he wasn't positive.

    Hope you guys can help!
  2. I haven't redone my weather strip (yet) but I have heard that getting the trim parts off can be a real bear around the rear window.

    Tip for getting the rear seat out: Put the top down, stand up in the rear well and use your shins to push the lower seat cushion out of it's hook.

    it will be required for you to take out that cushion to get to 1 screw on each trim panel to take them out.
  3. I just removed the back seat from my 84, just takes a little work.. once you get it figured out, it's easy.. the clips are right in the middle, push down on the front bottom of the seat, then back..

    crappy pic, but this is the clip, one on each side..

  4. Rear Well?

    Standing in the rear well makes me think you're actually standing on the floor rather than on the seats. Don't you have to put downward pressure on the bench to get it free, or can you simply push the unit towards the rear of the car and be fine?
  5. AH, wait, I think I'm getting it. Don't put pressure on the cushions, as the parts-guy was showing me, but actually on the rigid section of the bench close to where it meets the carpeting?
  6. Yeah, you got the idea... You can use your legs or your arms (if you squat down) to push the seat rearward.
  7. yeah, right in the middle on each side...