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  1. The convertible quarter window mechanism pictured above are Driver's Side. Two nuts on lower photo (above) secure the motor. Latest issue of Avanti Magazine reminds owners to spray console switches with WD40 and work them well to remove corrosion and improve current to motor.
  2. Good news; I think I've found solutions to my quest to replace the window sweeps on my 1988 Avanti Convertible, so I'm passing on these resources to forum members who might need the same. I found this video by "tuscancmh" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQdvpEwl2ro This video covers changing sweeps on a 1989 Caprice bodied Avanti, but procedure and parts are the same for 87-90. Here's a place to purchase the sweeps - www.ocautocarpets.com and directly to the item: https://www.ocautocarpets.com/wn-product/beltline-kit-front-door-12pc-19384/1988/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7pKFBhDUARIsAFUoMDZJWZM0l5KdJ_HhhFjKBJ_W5poQHZNzWgb3jDyX0F0puxZPFkijoyAaAtK_EALw_wcB The sweeps fit the Monte Carlo and Caprice platforms. I've ordered them, but have not rec'd shipment yet. If there are any problems, I'll let pass it on. I hope this is helpful should you need it.
  3. I know that Avanti convertibles are pretty rare, but I was shocked to not find any references to the hydraulic pump for the convertible top. Maybe I didn't find the magic tag word. While repairing the quarter window of my 1988 convertible, I found a small (just an ooze) leak of hydraulic fluid at the point where the hydraulic line enters the ram in the quarter window well. I tightened the brass fitting and didn't see more leaking after putting the top up and down a couple of times. When putting the top back up, I had been noticing that it tends fall/smack the windshield header as it approaches that area. Is this normal/expected? In case it was due to low hydraulic fluid, I searched for the pump, finding it below the cover board in the folded top area behind the back seat. Picture attached. I didn't see any obvious reservoir for fluid, but only see the little rubber plug at the end of the cadmium colored end. Is that for adding fluid? What kind of hydraulic fluid is specified?
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