SECTION 7-F 1959 BUICK BACK CURTAIN
7-10 REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION OF 1959 BUICK BACK CURTAIN ASSEMBLY
Removal of 1959 Buick Back Curtain Assembly
- Detach top compartment bag from seat back panel and remove all trim stick attaching bolts.
- Remove wire-on binding and escutcheons.
- Detach folding top trim from rear roof bow and from the large center belt line trim stick.
- Carefully slide top trim forward exposing tacked edge of rear curtain assembly.
- Working at one side stay pad area, detach outboard tacks that secure the side stay pad to the quarter stay pad section of the 1959 Buick back curtain assembly and to the rear roof bow. Detach the outboard tacks that secure the quarter stay pad section to the rear roof bow. Turn quarter stay pad section back and stay-tack side star pad to rear roof bow.
- Remove inboard tacks of above components; turn balance of the quarter stay pad section back and permanently tack side stay pad to rear roof bow.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 on other side and detach balance of back curtain assembly from rear roof bow.
- Detach 1959 Buick back curtain assembly from large trim stick and remove from car.
Installation of 1959 Buick Back Curtain Assembly
- Seal and install 1959 Buick back curtain assembly as described in steps 6 through 12 of “Installation of Folding Top Trim” procedure.
NOTE: Extra care in positioning new curtain at same location on trim stick as old curtain and aligning of trim stick attaching bolt holes in top material with holes in trim stick will allow reinstallation of top material to its original position with a minimum of refitting.
7-11 1959 BUICK BACK CURTAIN PLASTIC WINDOW ONLY
Removal of 1959 Buick Back Curtain Plastic Window
- Remove rear and rear quarter trim stick attaching bolts.
- Untack back curtain lower valance below the back curtain window in the area between the zipper ends. Untack top material to gain access to each end of the zipper and the lower ends of the back curtain weather flaps.
- Mark a locating point on the mating parts of the zipper just above the zipper lock located on the left side of the back curtain window.
- Using a suitable tool remove zipper lock and remove zipper slide from zipper teeth.
- Remove back curtain window from car and lay flat on a clean flat tacking surface (such as a bench or a section of plywood) with the outer surface facing up.
- Stay-tack back curtain lower valance to tacking surface.
CAUTION: Place tacks only in area where valance was tacked to the trim stick.
- Making sure that there are no wrinkles in the plastic window or the zipper tape, stay-tack perimeter of zipper tape to tacking surface. Tacks should be spaced at intervals of about four inches; however, additional tacks should be used at the upper radii to maintain proper contour and position of the tape.
- Mark locating point at the upper end of the back curtain weather flaps and corresponding points on the zipper tape.
- Carefully cut stitching securing plastic window to zipper, to weather flap and to back curtain lower inner and outer valances. Do not cut stitching to extreme outer corners of valance or to the extreme lower ends of the weather flaps, merely enough to remove the plastic window.
Installation of 1959 Buick Back Curtain Plastic Window
- Using old plastic window as a pattern, cut new plastic window to proper shape.
- Apply a weatherstrip type of cement, preferably to color-match the zipper tape, to the zipper tape and to the inner lip of the lower valance.
- While cement is still wet, carefully insert and align new plastic window between the inner and outer lower valances. Lay curtain flat and free of wrinkles so that the sewing area of the plastic window lays on the cemented area of the zipper tape.
CAUTION: Use extreme care so that cement does not contact any other part of the 1959 Buick back window as many cements and/ or their cleaning solvents are highly injurious to the plastic composition of the window.
- Apply cement to area where the weather flaps will be sewn to the window and zipper tape and position weather flaps using marked locating points.
- After cement has dried, remove tacks securing zipper tape and valance to tacking surface.
NOTE: In some cases, it may be desirable to remove tacks from a small section at a time and temporarily staple the edge of the plastic window to the zipper tape. Staples should be confined as close as possible to the cut edge of the plastic window to prevent possible interference during sewing operations.
- Sew 1959 Buick back curtain window, zipper tape, lower valance and curtain weather flaps in cemented position.
- Seal back curtain stitches and lower valance as described in steps 6 and 7 of “Installation of Folding Top Trim.”
- Align zipper sections using previously marked locating points and install zipper slide.
- Install zipper lock and zip window shut.
- Tack 1959 Buick back curtain lower valance, lower end of each weather flap and ends of the top material to the center rear trim stick. (See step 8 in “Installation of Folding Top Trim.”)
- Seal old and new tack holes and tack heads as described in step 30 in “Installation of Folding Top Trim.”
- Reinstall rear and rear quarter trim sticks.