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Unread 02-27-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2003 Mustang GT Convertible back quarter adjustment?

I have a leak that has developed on both sides of the car, the blind spot area of the top left and right of the rear window where the convertible top meets the quarter panels. Where the curve is the top has pulled away from the trim leaving a 1/4"-1/2" gap. The rain comes in pretty slow and starts to puddle in the vinyl well behinds the back seat. Luckily this is a good weather driver and stays in the garage but we all get stuck from time to time in rain, and I've been driving it this week since one of the family vehicles is in the shop.

Attached is a photo for reference of the area I am referring to. Is there an adjustment I can do to tighten this gap up on each side? I pulled the vinyl well off from the behind the back seat and the bolts they attach to where you think the adjustment would be are the nut/threaded side. Almost as if the adjustment has to be done from the outside of the car, but that seems unlikely/strange.

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It's not what you're thinking. It's your back window. Ford electronically sealed your back window to the vinyl, and that seal is notorious for breaking. Mine did the exact same thing before I replaced the top. I thought the same thing you did until I was told about the window issue. If youre lucky, and you're top is in good shape you can just replace the rear window piece. I ended up replacing the whole top since mine was white. Uh, I mean gray. LOL
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Thanks for the info! Water is strange and I guess the path from the rear window to the corner inside where it is leaking can not be seen.
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I had a leak right after I had a new top installed on a '96. Went back to the top guy, and he showed me something unexpected. If you remove the top well cover behind the rear seat, you'll see a channel or gutter going across, under the window. This "gutter" carries leakage from around the back window, to drain holes on either side. In my case, he had left some top material intruding into the channel, and it forced the water to leak into the trunk. He trimmed the material, cleaned the channel, and bingo. I drove through a downpour after that, and not one drop leaked into the car or trunk.
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Make sure the drains just ahead of the rear wheel wells are clean.
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