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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-09-2000, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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tired of squeaking/leaking top, how to seal?

When I bought my 93 it only had 5 bolts holding the top on. Worked fine for a year and a half but I've been flexing a bit lately and it's now loosened up and squeaks bad on or off road. Also, it's leaking pretty good too. I took it off today and saw a foam pad under both sides and that's it. Up on the top mount it had a rubber seal much like the front door weathersrips. How can I reseal this to make it not leak and not squeak. I like having it off because i don't have my tinted-ass windows in the way when I back up but it's gonna be 28 and snowing tomorrow night so I thought I'd put it back on.

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Re: tired of squeaking/leaking top, how to seal?

If the gaskets are OK, it sounds like you just need to replace the bolts and clips and tighten it down. Armor-all on the gaskets will probably stop the squeaks.

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Re: tired of squeaking/leaking top, how to seal?

Thanks for the input. I just bought this stuff at Home Depot called Camper Tape for camper shells...it's closed cell foam with an adhesive surface. Working good so far, although I broke one of the bolts so I'm now down to 4. Where would be the cheapest place to get some more bolts? Of course, the clips werent there so I might need another solution anyway, or the clips too.

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Re: tired of squeaking/leaking top, how to seal?

Junkyards are usually the cheapest, and (other than the dealer) the ONLY place to get the same bolt. If you go to a junkyard, bring a torx driver (I forget what size), a hammer, and a small (1/8") punch. Use the hammer and punch to break the little post in the middle of the bolt heads so a normal torx will work. That's the only place to get the clips, too.

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Re: tired of squeaking/leaking top, how to seal?

Mud, I just replaced all 3 seals w. ford factory parts...it cost $150 for both, another $20 for the foam gasket on the top. Since I have no garage, and no help, I paid a body shop $120 to put it all together. This is the expensive route, but I never take mine off, and I wanted to get it completely waterproof as it rains forever it seems up here in N. Ca. and I was having some serious rust inside. Thought you'd be interested...

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