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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-25-2017 Thread Starter
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Help With the New Purchase

So i'm back to the forum after about 2 year away. Family life necessitated that I get rid of my baby, my 2012 GT, but just a few days ago I returned to mustang ownership. I bought a 01 Cobra vert. It's in good condition, runs well, low mileage, etc. But i do have a few things that I'd like to work on, so I'm looking for a little advice. I know nothing about paint, but the car sat in the sun for a good while and the rear spoiler is bubbling. Seller tells me that I could just have it clear coated. Thoughts? The front bumper is showing some of the same signs as well.

2nd, the trim around the base of the convertible top could stand to be replaced. It's faded and browning. Whats the best way to go about that, and where would I find it? And finally, i opened the door today, and had a little damp spot right underneath the clutch pedal. I dont see or feel water anywhere else. Any thoughts on what that could be?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-26-2017
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Not sure on your paint and body question, but I would assume worst case scenario which is fresh paint and clear as necessary. Find a reputable body shop or two locally and seek their professional opinion is what I'd do.

For the (metal?) trim around the base of the convertible top, it''s not difficult to remove. Prep it well and you should be able to make it good as new with some matte black spraypaint. I would also apply some matte clearcoat to it.

For the water on the floorboard, I would suspect that there's an issue with one of the rubber grommets on the firewall where the clutch or throttle cable passes through. Look on the engine bay side of the firewall first since that's easiest and you'll be able to get a clear view, if nothing obvious there then you'll have to stick your head up under the dash and start trying to look for evidence of where water may be entering. I would also look at the floorpan from beneath the car; offhand I don't think there are any but there may be a rubber plug or something missing or maybe there will be an obvious problem of some other sort you might spot.

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