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Good evening. I have a 1965 convertible and need to replace the well liner. The well liner in place is a large one piece unit, which appears to be an incorrect installation. From what I can tell, the one piece well liner is used with later models that have a glass window. My 65 has a plastic window and I just ordered a replacement well liner. However, it came in two pieces. Are the two pieces supposed to be joined and if so, how? I have the metal rod and springs, but have no clue if the two pieces are to be joined. Any pictures of a completed installation are greatly appreceiated. Thanks in advance.

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What most outfits sell as a well liner should actually be 4 pieces of vinyl material sewn together to make two parts. We sewed our own to make a near exact copy of the factory original which was made from 0.025" thick (really thin) vinyl. I have seen other commercial sets made from much thicker vinyl and also sewn in a non-original fashion.

The first part is a cover for the back side of the rear seat support; that part has a seam down the top of the rear seat support. It fits over the top of the seat support and is glued to it on the front side with the metal strip that holds the boot screwed to the back side, near the top. The left and right side cut ends are glued to the inner fenders - my first picture is of the right end.

The bigger part is the actual well liner which goes between the rear seat and the opening in the outer sheet metal. It should have stiffeners sewn into the vinyl to help it keep its shape when screwed in place and stretched tight. My second picture shows that part from the back side before the outer seams were sewn; the rod pocket is sticking up. The smaller, rearmost vinyl section of that part fits nearly vertically; the larger section is nearly horizontal when installed. The round rod goes inside a pocket sewn into the seam between those two sections and the well liner springs in the trunk grab that rod through slits cut in the material of that pocket.

The third photo shows the liner installed in the car. The seat part and the liner part overlap at the lower front and the same 5 vertical screws (visible as a vertical line of screws near the center of the picture) go through and hold both parts.
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Thank you so much for this great information.
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