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    Quote Originally Posted by ply57nz View Post
    The point to which that red piece is stitched on the armrest is where the factory finished them as well. The part that isn't stitched is actually surplus and can probably be trimmed off straight down if the white vinyl is underneath it. They would have just cut a larger piece of red to make sure there was enough there when fitting. The upholsterer would have left it like that because he doesn't have the car to test fit things to see how they work together. Once you fit the stainless trim to that area it should be roughly where the seam is finished. Sorry to babble on but hope that helps.
    Oh yeah, and originally I was just going to have that piece glued on, but then decided I'd rather have it sewn in case I didn't use the stainless trim. It just seems strange that once one started to sew the seam that they just wouldn't go all the way. Also, it is glued at the bottom. It's a minor niggle, and I'll most likely trim it off or end up gluing it down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ply57nz View Post
    The point to which that red piece is stitched on the armrest is where the factory finished them as well. The part that isn't stitched is actually surplus and can probably be trimmed off straight down if the white vinyl is underneath it. They would have just cut a larger piece of red to make sure there was enough there when fitting. The upholsterer would have left it like that because he doesn't have the car to test fit things to see how they work together. Once you fit the stainless trim to that area it should be roughly where the seam is finished. Sorry to babble on but hope that helps.
    Your input is valuable since you've gone through this Norm. I'm happy that Chris has his seats back.
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    Hey Chris. Have you installed the seats in the Belvedere as of yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperial King View Post
    Hey Chris. Have you installed the seats in the Belvedere as of yet?
    No. That's still a long ways off as the weather is being a complete and utter ass. It's been a crummy April for thinking about car stuff. Cold, rainy with bouts of snow. I'm really disliking the month.
    I still haven't done anything with the family room either. I need to get it straightened up so I can lay out all the seats.

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    So I'm discovering that the FSM is just about useless when it comes to removing the rear quarter windows. It's vague, misleading and quite disappointing.

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    I finally got one side out!

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    Nice man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperial King View Post
    Nice man.
    Thanks, it was certainly a chore especially given the fact there's no real useful information in the service manual or online. Once you know how to do it though, it's not terrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 57belv View Post
    Thanks, it was certainly a chore especially given the fact there's no real useful information in the service manual or online. Once you know how to do it though, it's not terrible.
    So clean it, lube it and re-install?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperial King View Post
    So clean it, lube it and re-install?
    Well...
    That was the original idea. I wanted to get them out so I could replace the catwhiskers and get the windows to operate nice and easily. Once that was done then I could finally put the rear seat back in after years of being out of the car.

    Unfortunately there is more degradation to the window than I had first thought. The pin at the rear where the frame pivots is severely corroded and must be replaced. I keep soaking it in rust buster but I don't know how much of a fight it will be to remove.
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    Also the aluminum bracket is degraded at the bottom of the glass. I may need to fill in the missing material with JB weld. It doesn't really affect the window but I don't want to tear up the catwhiskers on the inside.
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    Hey Chirs. You might want to give a try to CLR. It might just work out for you.
    Last edited by Imperial King; 10-04-2022 at 12:05 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imperial King View Post
    Hey Chirsi. You might want to give a try to CLR. It might just work out for you.
    Hmmm, I've never tried that as a penetrant before.

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    I did a thing yesterday. It's been so long since my car has had seats. Probably the first time in eight years since the rear was installed.
    This unfortunately is only a temporary installation as they have to come back out to finish other things, but I just needed to see what she looked like with seats again!

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    Looks great ,, and Whole again,,, hopefully gives you inspiration to get it back together and driving soon ,,

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    Looks good mate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebels-59 View Post
    Looks great ,, and Whole again,,, hopefully gives you inspiration to get it back together and driving soon ,,
    Quote Originally Posted by Imperial King View Post
    Looks good mate.
    Thanks! Still plenty of work to be done but it is nice to see them back in. I am concerned there will still be issues regarding the excess padding. I guess it's a waiting game since weather is starting to turn.

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    Very nice, the inserts run together very nicely. It's great when you can see how it will look when finished

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    Nice job there, Chris!!
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    Thanks much!

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