Monte Carlo SS
Updated January 1st, 2004
How can I keep my T-tops from leaking?
- Regular Periodic Mantenance: Keep your T-Top seals in good shape by tending to them
- On a hot sunny day, park the car in the sun.
- Take the T-Tops off the car.
- Apply some Silicon Spray Lubricant to the T-Top seals. Let it soak in.
- Reapply the Silicone Spray Lubricant and let the car sit in the sun for at least an hour.
- Reinstall the T-Tops and you're done.
- Repeat as often as you see fit. Generally, once every 6 months will suffice. Performing
this before a prelonged storage period (over winter) is also a good idea.
- Adjust the T-Tops so they fit snuggly. Loose fitting T-Tops generally generate wind noise
at speed. To adjust your T-Tops:
- Remove the T-Top handle
- Remove the plastic interior trim that is on the T-Top
- Adjust the front and rear rod positioners in SMALL increments.
- Moving the rod closer to the glass will tighten the T-Top down.
- Away loosens the T-top.
- Too tight and you risk over stressing (and possibly breaking) the T-Top glass.
- Too tight and you also crush the T-Top seals excessively, which will reduce their life span.
- After each SMALL adjustment, put the T-Top back on the car using the loose handle (with the trim removed)
and go for a ride. Listen for air noise.
- Readjust as neccessary.
- If you do decide to replace the T-Top seals, the best quality can be found from GM original
parts, available from your local GM Parts counter. Be prepared to pay a premium for the quality though.
A full set of GM T-Top seals will cost around $300. Aftermarket T-top seals are avaiable,
but their fit and finish may leave a lot to be desired. The price is right though.
My doors sag and are hard to close now. What can I do?
Where can I get new stripes and decals for my SS?
Where can I get new weather strip for my SS?
Where can I get new gas struts for my Aerocoupe trunk?
- Manhattan Supply Company carries new struts that work but are 1/2"
shorter than the originals. The 1/2" doesn't reduce the trunk opening
significantly. They offer different weight struts. Members of the
message board have found that the 100lb versions will work fine.
The best news is these cost about $10 each. You can find
Manhattan Supply Company at
mcsdirect.com. The part number for the 100lb strut is #00484006.
The description is "GGS44 P1=100 lbs EF110 Guden Gas Springs". Thanks to Z16Monte
on the Message Board for hunting this information down.
What does it take to remove the entire front clip?
- The front clip can be removed in order to provide full access to the engine and front frame / suspension.
Click Here for an image of what it looks like with
the clip removed.
- The front clip is held in place by 16 bolts.. 8 per side. The following images show the locations of the 8
driver's side bolts. The passenger side is the same.
- It's easier to take the bumper along with the clip. That way you don't have to negotiate the radiator support
over the bumper (next to impossible unless the bumper is lowered). To remove the bumper with the clip, remove
the 3 bolts (each side) holding the bumper to the frame shock absorber, shown here:
Bumper Mount (3 Bolts)
- The bolt count above also does not inlcude the hood bolts. Although it isn't required to be removed to remove
the clip, the hood should be removed to reduce the weight of the clip during extraction. (3 bolts each side).
- Make sure you take note of the location and number of shims at each bolt location for proper fittment during reinstallation.
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