1965 Ford Mustang Convertible – Replacing Top Seals And Re-Adjusting Side Glass – Dana Point, California

     I never thought that Classic Resto Garage would serve outside of the San Diego. I just finished two days of work on a 1965 Mustang Convertible in the Orange County area. The customer had asked me a few times if I would come up his way in Dana Point.  I’ve passed it by many times, but never actually drove through town.  It was a very beautiful beach community. Nothing like a cool ocean breeze on a humid California day.

     This Mustang had many original pieces that were showing their wear. I started off replacing the quarter ornaments, outside door handles, outside mirrors. I also replaced the antenna which was seized to the fender, so I had to carefully cut it off.  Next, I rebuilt the heater box. The cases have a tendency to crack and warp from heat and moisture.  Also, Ford did not paint the internal metal parts, so they always rust bad.  I bead blasted and painted them with Rustoleum Paint. Before re-assembling with new gaskets, I had to repair several cracks. Because of the warped case, I had to carefully put the two halves together without causing more cracks.

     I next replaced the door panels, arms rests, inside door handles, and vent window vertical u-channels. Before doing so, I checked the doors internal parts. Passenger side was good, but needed to adjusted and lubed. The driver’s side needed a new window regulator, and the scissors assembly had to be tightened up. Also, the driver’s side door latch screw holes were cracked from years of slamming the door. This is very common.  Scott Drake makes a re-enforcement kit that looks good unlike the older repair plates.  By the way, thanks to the door panel manufacturer who die cut half of the door panel clip slots backwards. You know who you are.

     Most of time was spent on the convertible top. The hydraulic motor was slow and making a bunch of noise, so I added almost half a bottle of fluid while bleeding the system. Next, I replaced all the original convertible top frame weather stripping. The top seal requires some trimming to be able to close and seal right. Then the door and quarter glass have to re-adjusted to get the best seal without binding. No matter how tight of a seal you get, they will still leak water. I have heard from original Mustang owners that they leaked going through car washes when they were new.  All in a day’s work!

Did you notice the cool pony floor mats with the GT stripe? ….. RARE!

If your convertible top needs some TLC, then give Classic Resto Garage a call at a 619-929-8506, or fill the contact form.

Happy Cruising!

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