[DML] Re: T-Panel, Replacing, Questions
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[DML] Re: T-Panel, Replacing, Questions

The rear plastic valence gets removed (3 screws). The left and right
outer door seals along the top by the roof  have to be removed (3
screws on each side) to get to some phillips head screws. You will
have to lift the panel up from the rear and it may be stuck to foam
underneath. It has a tab that holds the front, no screws. Lift at the
rear and pull rearward. Be VERY careful of the sharp edges.
 Instead of "replacing" the panel you should price having it fixed. It
is not that big a deal. DMCH and PJ Grady do this kind of thing all
the time. When reinstalling the panel you should clean up the hole in
the top of the body and replace the foam that holds the panel up in
the front. If you have to replace the outer door seals on the top of
the door (the ones that are riveted in) this would be a good time. If
your door seals are "dead", hard, and flattened figure on replacing
the inners and outers. This may also require adjusting the door
anchors to fit the new seals. As you can tell this job evolves into
more than just R&R'ing the roof panel!
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757 

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "tho323" <oht123@...> wrote:
> I'd like to replace my T-Panel. The original owner of my D drilled a
> hole on the T-Panel back in the 80's to install a phone antenna, which
> has long since been replaced with a black rubber plug. The panel also
> has a lot of minor dings...so it's time to replace it as I have a
> replacement that is not perfect, but it is in better condition.
> Before I begin, I have a few questions:
> 1) I know how to remove the panel from the rear, as I have previously
> replaced the rear upper screen, but how does it come out from the front?
> 2) Are there any other attachement points, other than front and rear?
> 3) Is there any type of adhesive/double back tape used under the panel?
> 4) Will I need to replace/order any weather stripping for this job?
> Thanks in advance
> Ozzie
> Vin# 2109

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