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Well, nevermind, I answered my own question. I'm a semi stay at home dad so I do most of my projects during my 2 year old's nap. I pulled the sunroof apart during the nap, went back out after down for the night and found exactly what I thought.

It's probably helpful for others to know, I can't imagine mine is the only car where someone has just held the button down too long waiting for the sunroof to open. Meanwhile the cables run out past the gears and eventually there's nothing left for the gears to grab. I opened the gear mechanism (mentioned in all of the rebuild articles) by removing the two screws and could see the ends of the cables that originally attach to the slider mechanism. Since the open end of the guide has all of the extra cable hanging out I just slid it all back in by hand, but you could also just push enough through to get the gears to grab and let the motor do the rest.

What a great article, I love how resourceful Pelicanites are, I'm saving money all over the place!
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:42 PM
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One related issue I'm having is how to adjust the front to back position of the closed sunroof. Are there adjustable stops?

Using this thread I disassembled, repaired, and reassembled the roof, but now it seems that the sunroof panel is too far forward. There is a gap between the rear or the roof panel where the seal is, and the roof of the car.

Anyone know?
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U need the 2 felt seals. Once the seals r glued in place, you'll have no gaps.
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U need the 2 felt seals. Once the seals r glued in place, you'll have no gaps.
The felt seals on the headliner portion? or are there felt seals on the panels itself as well?
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One felt seal attaches to the front of opening. And the other (larger) seal attaches to the sides and rear of the panel. I got mine from pelican. Need to attach with 3m weatherstrip adhesive.

Between the two, u fill about 1/2" - 3/4" in gap.
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One felt seal attaches to the front of opening. And the other (larger) seal attaches to the sides and rear of the panel. I got mine from pelican. Need to attach with 3m weatherstrip adhesive.

Between the two, u fill about 1/2" - 3/4" in gap.
I do have those installed. There is still a gap between the felt on the rear of the panel, and the body of the car itself.

I'll post a picture in the am.
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Anyone have pictures of the felt seals and where they attach? I found these loose while pulling my sunroof apart and am a little unclear of where they go exactly.
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Anyone have pictures of the felt seals and where they attach? I found these loose while pulling my sunroof apart and am a little unclear of where they go exactly.
Have you looked at the pictures at the beginning of this thread?
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Just like eolson, I must have run my motor too long at time of cable failure so the cables were stuck in the back by the motor.

One of the cables was difficult to remove as it was stuck in a crevice in the roof metal. It somehow screwed itself in. I had to unscrew that one to remove it.
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Have you looked at the pictures at the beginning of this thread?
Sorry, there's some felt squares apart from the seal that came out of my sunroof, I think someone else mentioned them as well. I don't think they're of any significance.
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I have an 87 coupe. After I recrimped and JB welded the passenger side cable (slipped out), I ended up w/ a half inch shorter length. I tried to pull the cable out to make up for the difference in order to reassemnle everything and it just didn't work. So, I'm off to purchase a new driver's side cable. Haven't unzipped the headliner yet but is it a PITA to reinstall a new cable? Thanks for any advise.

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You shouldn't need a new cable, just undo the gear assembly under the zipper and you should be able to adjust the difference. Read the technical article on sunroof repair, it should answer your questions.
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I do have those installed. There is still a gap between the felt on the rear of the panel, and the body of the car itself.

I'll post a picture in the am.
Ok, so this is the gap I'm left with after repairing the sunroof cable and installing new seals.

Is there a way to adjust this?



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Ok, so this is the gap I'm left with after repairing the sunroof cable and installing new seals.

Is there a way to adjust this?



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Thanks, eolson. Will ck out.

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On my 75 the sunroof works just fine but the felt strips stand out and do not align smoothly with the roof. Do you think the previous owner installed wrong strips or t did he not do the job properly? Can it be fixed or should I order new strips?
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Thank you for taking the time to do this thread, it was my only guide for fixing my broken cable. The cable is fixed, I replaced the seals and now I'm trying to put everything back together. I did not quite understand how to move the panel back and I took it out completely.
Help, does the panel go in the track or under the track. When I installed it in the track the drag was so bad I felt the cable may break again.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Need a little help. I've replaced the seals on both the front and the rear of the sunroof. I put it back together and now my sunroof won't stay put in the closed position. I think my sunroof cables are broken but I just want it to close and I'll worry about the sunroof cables later when I get the money to replace them. How do I just get it to stay closed?

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Nevermind. I figured it out. I just used my hand and pushed the cable holder forward as much as possible. It locked into place.

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So you guys are saying, I can remove basically the entire sunroof assembly (or 99%) without removing the headliner?

whats left on the roof under headliner? anything major? anything heavy? Any rails welded to roof? or just a few tiny brackets (weighing a few ounces)?

And if I maybe wanted a headache or pain in the butt, I can move old or a new headliner say 1+ inches closer to roof for extra headroom? although extra headroom not really needed, just asking.

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Hi,
can we go back to sojahseh's post #62?
I have the same issue. My sunroof works well but moves to far to the front. I need it moved maybe 3-4mm to the back to get the seal along the front properly installed.
I don't understand the thing with the felt pieces that were mentioned.

Does anyone have pictures? How do I adjust travel to the front?

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