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Old 08/31/2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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Side scoop question

I need to gain access to the L & R side scoops (they're not tight enough). Is the only access by removing the quarter windows, or am I missing something?

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Old 08/31/2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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I've only been there once, never did have to remove the window just the back seat to gain access to the side panel. Remove the back side panels, which will require the window handle to be removed at which point you can see the bolt/nut what ever it was don't remember for sure.

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Old 08/31/2011, 03:19 PM   #3
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I've had to get in there a couple of times but have always had to remove the rear quarter windows. If there's an easier way, I'd love to hear what it is.

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Old 08/31/2011, 03:39 PM   #4
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I found an EZ way: With the 1/4 trim panel removed, drill a hole thru the 1/4 window metal plate (that blocks access to the scoop fastener). Enlarge the hole (to about a 1/2"), allowing a spin-tight or 1/4" drive socket through the hole to the fastener.

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Old 08/31/2011, 05:19 PM   #5
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My memory must be bad...doesn't surprise me, I don't think I was in there for the side scoop, I was in there trying to lube the window regulator if I remember, which is subjective.

Did you take pictures to share with us all?

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Old 08/31/2011, 05:44 PM   #6
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I found an EZ way: With the 1/4 trim panel removed, drill a hole thru the 1/4 window metal plate (that blocks access to the scoop fastener). Enlarge the hole (to about a 1/2"), allowing a spin-tight or 1/4" drive socket through the hole to the fastener.

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Right on, Neil. Been there, done that many times. Bob here!
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Old 08/31/2011, 08:16 PM   #7
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Ouch... hate to see that "solution", similar, to me, to the owners that carve up the shock towers to get access to the zerks... But it is hidden.

PITA to get to but once its cut it can never go back.... you "can" get to the quarter ornamnets with a long open end wrench, but its way awkward. Would assume the same with the scoops but never tried.

The panel is not that hard to remove, takes about 15-20 minutes... just had to do my '68 coupe to get the ornaments on, forgot to put them in before the windows. Had both sides removed, ornamants installed and all back together in about 1 1/2-2 hours... have a wrtie up on the process if anyone's interested...

IMHO don't cut!!!!
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Old 08/31/2011, 08:22 PM   #8
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have a wrtie up on the process if anyone's interested...
Absolutely! I'd love to get some "tech article" type threads going.

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Old 09/01/2011, 06:06 AM   #9
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side scoops

would like the tech article if you could thanks Tom

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Old 09/01/2011, 08:30 AM   #10
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Ouch... hate to see that "solution", similar, to me, to the owners that carve up the shock towers to get access to the zerks... But it is hidden.

PITA to get to but once its cut it can never go back.... you "can" get to the quarter ornamnets with a long open end wrench, but its way awkward. Would assume the same with the scoops but never tried.

The panel is not that hard to remove, takes about 15-20 minutes... just had to do my '68 coupe to get the ornaments on, forgot to put them in before the windows. Had both sides removed, ornamants installed and all back together in about 1 1/2-2 hours... have a wrtie up on the process if anyone's interested...

IMHO don't cut!!!!
If my memory serves me correctly, some of the first factory cars saw the hole modification done by factory workers. So if the factory would do it to make it easier, I think it would be fine for us to do it 43 years later. Besides, no one would see it, and it doesn't weaken any structural support. I say go for it. JMHO.

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Old 09/01/2011, 10:24 AM   #11
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My thoughts exactly, and that's what I did. I'll try and get a photo for others' future reference.

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Old 09/02/2011, 06:51 AM   #12
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Mike,

You are correct in that my early GT/CS (February 14 build date) has holes punched out of the window mechanism so the assembly line worker could install the scoop with the window rail installed. These holes are about 1 1/8" in diameter. My later GT/CS has no holes, requiring the installation of the scoops before the window mechanism went in.

There isn't much clearance between the window rail and the body, so take care if you decide to drill. Hope this helps,

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PM me with email addresses for those interested in the rear 1/4 window install doc... article sent to John, if it can be posted here in a "tech section" happy to share it.

My personal preference is to leave things the way they are, as much as possible, but to each their own.
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That is a great idea Neil. When I took mine off and put them back on, I did the wrench "around" the window mechanism. It was like a 2+ hour ordeal trying to fit my hand in there and turn the wrench. And of course, I had to flip the wrench for every 1/4 turn. Did you take measurements so others don't just guess where to drill?

Neil, how about a Sta, w/l, b/l to more exact!!!!LOL Wait, wrong Mustang. Sorry, It's 2am and I'm at work.

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Old 09/06/2011, 05:05 AM   #15
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You are correct in that my early GT/CS (February 14 build date) has holes punched out of the window mechanism so the assembly line worker could install the scoop with the window rail installed. These holes are about 1 1/8" in diameter. My later GT/CS has no holes, requiring the installation of the scoops before the window mechanism went in.
Hmmm.... as many don't have the holes (mine does not) one could pose the question, why "some" and not others...

Sure it was on-the-line and not a "creative" PO ???

I would have thought the assembly on the line was standard, and the scoops went on before the rear 1/4 windows as Ford would not cut holes if not necessary... a 2 cent savings per car mattered.

Why would not have drilled holes on some and not others ( a cost in time, materials, tooling) if not necessary for all... ????
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