A SWAP MEET AND AN INJURY TIME OUT

A couple of weeks ago Caroline and I went to a swap meet to look for parts. After walking around for over an hour we finally found a guy with a bunch of mustang stuff. He has a shop not too far away where they restore mustangs so he’s got a lot of decent used parts out at his place. We will probably find a lot of things for the car there. But at the swap meet we got this steering wheel horn button for $20. It’ll need a little restoration work but it should clean up real nice. Now we just need the rest of the steering wheel.

A little while later we came across a guy who was just dying to get rid of some door skins. He had a bunch of them so that made for a lot of supply and little demand which made for a good price for us. We got it for $30.

I had some freelance work to do that week so I didn’t get to mess with the car at all until the next weekend. Since the trunk was pretty much finished up I decided to move on to the rear deck panel just between the window and the trunk lid. In order to get to the rusty areas we needed to remove the rear window. In order to remove the rear window we needed to remove the stainless steel window trim. In order to remove the trim we needed a special trim tool which we didn’t have. So I had to make one.

I found a piece of steel rod in my tool box so I took that and ground it down to the right shape. It kind of looks like a giant dental tool for removing plaque.

The idea with this tool is to slide it under the trim and locate the clip that holds the trim down. (Yes, the window is already out in the picture. I didn’t take pictures at the time I was actually removing the trim so I had to go back and do it later.) I watched a you tube video that demonstrated how to do this and it looked pretty simple. However, it was not simple at all. It was very frustrating and took a couple hours to get the rear window trim off. First there’s a bunch of junk up underneath the trim so it’s a chore to slide the tool under the trim. Then you have to try to locate the clips which is not easy either.

In the picture above you can see the little clip. Of course it’s easy to see now that the trim is removed. But trying to find it with the trim on is a pain.

In theory this should be easy. The idea is to get the point of the tool behind the clip, pull it forward, and twist the tool to pry the trim up and off. But of course it rarely worked that way. I found that I had to get the tool over the top edge of the clip and then pull it forward. In order to do this you have to be able to see the clip. In order to see the clip you must wedge a piece of wood under the trim carefully so as not to bend it. Then you must peer under there with a flashlight while working the tool.

After a couple of hours and one stab wound we had the trim off. The next step was to remove the rear window which was an absolute breeze compared to the trim. The window is seated in a big rubber gasket type seal. So all we had to do was use a utility knife to slice the rubber seal and then push the window out. I’m sure putting the window back in won’t be so easy.

With the glass safely out we could get a good look at the rusty deck panel.

The panel is pretty bad towards the corners. So we have to decide if we want to spend the money on a new panel or spend the time fabricating patch panels. Either way it’s going to be a time consuming job. But it’s got to be done right or the rear window and trim won’t fit correctly. We took the back seat out and the rear window panel and that’s as far as we got.

On Easter I went to the park with the girls to play some whiffle ball and football and managed to tear the meniscus in my right knee. (But we won both games so it was worth it right?) So it looks like I’ll be having surgery in a week or so followed by some recovery time. I guess I’ll have to work on the car standing on one leg or sitting down.

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