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Old 10-11-2018, 04:13 PM
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Anyone know why a skirt would sit like this? I believe the skirt is the standard size. The one on the other side of the car looks normal and fits fine.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:34 PM
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Most likely a reproduction quarter panel was installed. The fit is not as good as the factory and needs to be modified at times to get the skirt to fit correctly. I've spent countless hours trying to get skirts to fit those repro quarters correctly. Obviously someone didn't want to take the time to do it right.

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Thanks - so does that mean that it pretty much cannot be fit properly because it's just not the correct size?

I have a spare skirt for the driver side but it is not in as nice a shape. And I'm wondering if it is the skirt that is mis-shapen, or the quarter panel. Will share photos.
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Put the other skirt on and check the fit. If it's the same then you know the quarter panel is the problem. Trying to fix it without damaging the paint on either the skirt or quarter panel is going to be difficult. I would leave the quarter alone and try to massage the skirt so it fits better.

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Hello,

Anyone know why a skirt would sit like this? I believe the skirt is the standard size. The one on the other side of the car looks normal and fits fine.
The front looks good, Just not the rear bottom . Is the pin lined up and in the skirt hole ? Thought you had a hard top Kirsten ?
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Thanks for the advice. Will do!
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The front looks good, Just not the rear bottom . Is the pin lined up and in the skirt hole ? Thought you had a hard top Kirsten ?
I have no experience removing or putting these on so I could not say for sure.

I do have a hardtop... but I am very likely upgrading to a convertible. I have a sale lined up. Not giving up on being a tbird owner!
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I have no experience removing or putting these on so I could not say for sure. ...
From the front of the skirt, approximately centered, on the interior side of the skirt, you'll find a lever that locks the skirt onto the quarter panel.

From, memory, the lever would need to be pushed downward to unlock and moved outwardly towards yourself while depressed, and finally moving the lever up to release and remove the skirt.
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Thanks for that explanation! So I can just reach behind and under the skirt and detach it fairly easily?

Here are photos of my extra skirt - it is a bit rough around the edges. Probably would need to have it cleaned up, maybe repainted b/c there are a few scuffs. There is a little light rust it appears on the back side. What do you think I should do with this? I guess see if it fits first of all!
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Like Joe said, to me it looks like a rear fender half was replaced and nobody checked the fit of the skirt before welding.

When I did the quarters on my Crown Vic and my 56 Monarch, I made sure the skirt was lined up and held in position before I welded my first tack spot.
It's so, so easy to be off by a half inch and not even realize it.

If that's the case, the easiest way is to have a body shop modify the skirt to fit. No that expensive and it'll work. but that skirt will then only fit that opening on that car.

Looking good, though! Love the turquoise.

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