Re: [DML] Water Leaks...again. Any advice/ideas?
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Re: [DML] Water Leaks...again. Any advice/ideas?


I've got a couple more areas to check.  I've noticed on a lot of cars 
(typically early ones) that the fiberglass gets hairline cracks on the 
pontoon on either side of the engine cover hinges.  On my car, they were 
almost invisible, but bad enough that water was leaking in.  On these early 
ones, the fiberglass just isn't of the same quality as the later cars, as is 
rather thin in spots.  When it leaks back there, the water runs in behind 
the back vertical wall and runs down the pontoon, dumping on the carpet. 
Pull the carpet back at the rear base of the console and see if it gets wet 
there (there is that little diagonal piece of pontoon you can see at the 
rear/bottom of the console).  If you remove the back wall and run the garden 
hose all over the engine cover area, you'll see the leak from the inside. 
To fix it, I just used some fiberglass resin from the inside and no one can 
tell the difference.

Another possibility: a lot of the early cars have those extra holes cut in 
the pontoon below the fake air vents (between the door and quarter glass). 
When I spray enough water in the right spot, I still get a little leakage 
into my lock box, and I believe that hole to be the culprit.  For now, it's 
just on my "one of these days" list.  Good luck.

Jake Kamphoefner
Postin' a lot today!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Patrick Conlon" <PRC1216@xxxxxxx>
To: <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 4:51 PM
Subject: [DML] Water Leaks...again. Any advice/ideas?

> If you all remember, I was the water leak king a few years ago,
> always posting about this leak and that leak on vin 1880.  Well I
> still have them, and even Dave Bauerle's shop had no luck, yet
> stopped one coming in under the passenger door (which I wasn't aware
> I had).  They thought that fixed it, yet I still have them after
> washing the car yesterday, and mainly when I run my hand under the
> driver side carpet after washing and slide it towards the center
> console area, the closer I get to the console, the wetter the carpet is.
> At the advice of Ken K. I am going to make a deflector for the big
> opening/drain on the outside of the car in front of the windshield on
> the passenger side.  Hopefully somehow water is coming in there, and
> creating the deflector will shoot the water down farther away from
> the area where it might be leaking in.  I am sick of breathing the
> smell of damp carpet.
> I have performed the factory water leak bulletins, caulked the t-
> panel, replaced door seals, etc, etc, etc.  Does ANYONE (vendors
> especially) recall anyone else having this problem in the past 24
> years, and can anyone else give me any other ideas as to where to
> look in the event that this deflector doesn't do the trick?  Keep
> your fingers crossed that it does, I have faith in Ken K.
> A Very Frustrated Patrick C.
> 1880

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