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Quarter Window Latches Lack Tension


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My quarter window weather strips seem to be in good shape, but the latches don't "snap" shut. Enough pressure to keep the windows closed and prevent wind noise, but not enough to keep water from gushing in around the glass in a no-brush or car wash or when using a pressure washer.

Is this typical, or does this suggest the need for an adjustment or (gulp) replacement of the latches?

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I've found my Avanti's water sealing abilities to be marginal at best and, yes, all the seals are in place,soft, pliant and adjusted correctly. I would never use a pressure washer or even a strong stream of water directly onto the glass areas of my Avanti just to avoid the issue of which you speak. Someone else may chime in, but I see no way to adjust the rear quarter latches. Bob (63R3062)

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Sorry, but wind noise is about all those seals are good for, if that. They leaked in 63, the 64 tried a slightly different latch, it leaks too. You can "massage" the link on the 63 to make it close a little tighter, but if you mess it up, getting a replacement link for a 63 is tough, Plenty of 64 ups, but you'll need to replace all the pieces and rivet the glass side pivot to the glass frame after pulling it off the glass. Me --I let it leak. If my memory serves me right, my Dad kept a towel in his Avanti, to wipe up the water during rain storms, but then my 63 GT did too.

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Thinking out loud, is there some type of thin strip of adhesive rubber or foam type material that you could attach to the inner frame of the window to provide a seal that way.

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Well, the seal is glued to a stainless inner trim, then the assembly is sealed to the body If you space the seal from the frame you could possibly get a better seal, but risk destroying the seal you have to do it--and there are no new replacements being made. The problem is the hinges at the front don't cause any compression as the glass rotates, it's up the rubber to conform and on the 63 seal (which is not the same as the 64 even though there is no part number difference) the latch area compresses and the seal outer edge moves on the body whenever you open and close it. Charlie--you have a moon roof and thus a II--you have the 64 up design that was carried on through to the end of the Avanti II and a car that was more thoughtfully assembled in the first place.. The 63 is a one year only design on most round headlight cars, with some transition 64s getting the new design. My Dad's was a transition 64 car with everything but the 1/4 glass latches, and my 63 has the originals, hinges bent slightly, the link bent slightly and seals pretty well--better than the front window to B pillar seal.

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