Video: Mustang Inner Door Belt Weatherstrip Installation (81-93 Fox Body)
Published on 2013-10-29
The inner door belt weatherstrip, also known as dew wipes, on Fox Body Mustangs are often worn and weathered from years of service. They are located along the top edge of the door panel on the inside of the door window. They act as a “catch” to help keep debris from entering the inside of your door.
Installing new inner door belt weatherstripping on your Fox Body requires you to remove the door panel. If you need help removing your door panel, check out the following video - http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/products/Fox-Body-Mustang-Door-Panel-Removal-Video . Once the door panel is removed installation take just a couple of minutes and your dew wipes are as good as new thanks to the 5.0Resto replacements!
We often get two questions involving inner door belt weather strips for Fox Mustangs. And that's, which one do I need? And how do I put them on?
Well, there's only two versions available-- one that fits '81 to '93 hard tops, which includes all of your coup and hatch backs, whether they're solid roof, sun roof, or T-top. It'll even fit '83 to '87 convertibles, as long as they have the mirrors just like these. If your convertible has the door-mounted pedestal style mirror, then you're going to need the '88 to '93 convertible-specific version. The installation really isn't all that bad, especially when you're using quality 50resto replacement weather strips and attaching hardware. The first thing you're going to want to do is watch our door panel removal video, that way you can get caught up to our next step.
Locate and remove all the staples that retain the weather strip to the door panel. You can use a screwdriver, pliers, or a combo of the two. They're pretty stout, so be careful and take your time.
Remove the old whether strip from the door panel. Line up the tab of the new weather strip with the notch on the door panel. Using a power drill with a Phillips head driver, install the new inner belt weather strip with our 50resto hardware kit.
The screws will tap their own holes or you can drill small pilot holes if you desire. Use six screws per panel. Repeat all these steps for the other side.
And there you go. It's that's simple. And in case you're wondering, no those screws will not make contact with your door glass. And the backs of the screws will still allow for easy installation onto the door frame. For more tech tips and other restoration projects from 50resto, click below to check out everything on latemodelrestoration.com.
Roof rail moldings are the rubber/metal trim pieces that run from the front edge of the 1/4 windows, along the roof pinchwelds, and down the a-pillars on hardtop (hatchback & coupe) Mustangs. Years of abuse from the sun and elements will cause them to become faded and cracked.
Hi, I'm Jeff.
And I'm Jonathan. We're with latemodelrestoration.com. Today we're going to be talking about exterior trim and molding for your '87 to '93 Mustang. Jeff, tell us what you have in front of you.
Yeah, Jonathan, here we've got the outer door belt moldings. These are an exact reproduction part for Fox Mustangs. When replacing these, we always like to replace the outer door belt weatherstripping. It's easy to access with the molding removed. Now the molding also comes with hardware that I see in front of you.
Right, the hardware included with outer door belt molding is the round disc-type retainers that are used on '88 to '93 Mustangs. These can also be used on your '87 with the square-type retainers as long as you drill new holes and rivet these new ones in place. Also included in that hardware kit is a new retaining screw.
Now the last part we're going to be working with today is the roof rail molding. It is an exact reproduction of the original. Has OE-type retaining clips and has the correct sealer on the inside. However, these do not include new hardware, so please retain your original screws.
All right, Jonathan, let's move back to the red coupe and get these installed.
Let's do it.
Removing the outer door belt molding is simple. The first step is to remove the Phillips screw located on the outer edge of the door. With that screw removed, the door belt molding should simply slide out of place. Now Jonathan's going to walk you through the installation of a new door belt molding.
Thanks, Jeff. Before we get started with that, I want to talk about the retainers. If yours are broken or missing, all you have to do is drill out the retaining rivets, grab your new retainers, and pop in some new rivets. We'd also talked about replacing the outer door belt weatherstrip at the same time. That's held in by just a couple rivets. Again, drill those out and pop some new rivets in your new weatherstrip.
Your new door belt molding has the recesses to go over the retainers just like the original. To put it back on, all you do is reverse the removal procedure. Slide it on, slide it forward, and put your screw back in.
Now we're going to remove the roof rail molding. It's almost as easy as the outer door belt molding, just a little messier. All you've got is a single screw located down here. Once you get it out of the way, you can start pulling it off the pinch weld and work your way around the top. Be kind of careful not to get any of that black goo on you. Once you get back here to the quarter window, make sure to be careful not to tear off your little tab there.
Clean the pinch weld area well with denatured alcohol or mineral spirits. With the pinch weld's clean, you can now start the installation of your roof rail molding. Before starting, make sure you align the quarter window tab with the rear of the molding. Now you're going to want to firmly press the roof rail molding into place. With that, make sure that you tighten up the screw, and you're done.
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