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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 6th, 00, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Have a '67 rs/ss convert.

Rained REAL hard here the other day - backseat floor ended up with about an inch of water.

Top is in excellent shape - so I don't think it dripped in.

Only thing I can figure is draining from back of top. Makes sense that it has to go somewhere - but where?

I look down the back window and it is fairly dirty down there - but don't know where to look underneath for drain. Have a "plug" inside the wheelwell - but looks too big & too high (8" or so from bottom of wheelwell.

Where should I be looking. I bought this for my daily driver - so would like to correct leak.


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 00, 02:27 AM
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i do auto glass for a living, and we leak check it with a garden hose and some one inside watching for leaks. And we get rid of standing water with a wetdry vac.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 00, 05:21 AM
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Dobek, I am not an expert here, but we were pulling the chrome moulding that runs around the body at the base of the convertible top and in order to get to some screws, we had to drop down a fiberglass "trough" that follows the car exactly like the moulding and is located in the trunk at the top of the back seat. I am pretty sure this trough is to collect water at the back of the convertible top and run it around to the sides of the car where I think it should drain out somehwere by the rear quarter windows. This is on a '67. Does your car have this trough?
Hopefully, someone can give us more info.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 00, 10:15 AM
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I've had a couple of ragtops, and as far as I know, that's what the rustholes in the floor are for

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 00, 01:38 PM
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Dobec I have a 68 ragtop and a trough is locate under the rear window its job is to collect the rain water and direct it down both sides to the floor. Their should be holes to drain this water in the floor ahead of the rear wheels. It was not a very thought out design GM should have run tubes directly from the end of the trough thru the floor to ensure proper drainage and eliminate floor damage. I may do this to my full restoration during reassembly however I dont plan to drive it in the rain sending you a few photos. Garry
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 00, 06:01 AM
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Here's a story on a related note - many years ago when I was not near as wise as I am now - I was trying to get to a fishing stream up in the Southern California mountains in a 1979 Honda Accord hatchback. I got lost on a dirt road and ended up going downhill over some rough terrain that I couldn't get back up. Since I thought I knew where I was I was sure I was heading back to the main road on a loop. Wrong! At the bottom of the hill was a 100 foot wide river!

Having little choice at this point, I found a guy on the other side with a 4wd and a long rope - he drug my Honda across the river and out the other side. I had to drive into the water upstream - shutting off the motor and climbing out the window. The rope was tied to the frame and coiled on the hood. I grabbed the rope and swam like Jack Lalaine over to the truck. Of course it nearly sunk and did fill up with 2 feet of water! Fortunately, they were drain holes in the floor and I got most of the water out that way and sucked the rest out with a shop vac at home.

The car survived with no apparent damage (I know - Jap scrap would be better off if it had sunk all the way) except that for the next 6 months or so - the windows fogged up on the inside on hot days.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 00, 11:39 AM
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Dobek, there are drain holes forward of the wheel well. They are located on the bottom of a ridge in the floor. The water is chaneled around the back window and down beside the rear seat and into the space where the rear window goes when rolled down. On my 67 convert these were plugged up and the water would sit in the floor and eventually started rusting the door jam. Look around under the car just below the rear door jam and you will find them. I used compressed air to blow a clear chanel for the water to get through.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Feb 10th, 00, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Red face

Found the hole - had a cute little rubber flap on it (I guess to keep dirt out - yet flapped open to let water out - I'm sure it worked at least once)

Cleaned best I could - drove car today

Instead of bathtub - I'm now down to puddle

Saw another post about using a shop vac with long thin hose - now just have to find this kinda hose.

What a screwball design - run down the inside of the wheelwell into a space the size of an ashtray - that has no way to get to. Gotta love it -

Thanks all for the help --- anyone with a cool way to clean & keep clean - share it....

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