has anyone else noticed there are at least 3 different latch parts that mount to the sunroof glass panel? I have 3 different ones, trying to find best one to use on my car. one has natural finish to the metal latch mechanism that engages the receiver on the body, one has a black painted metal latch, the third has a different plastic piece that mounts to the sunroof, it has a little lip or handle if you will. some of the metal arms that engage the receiver are bent out, is this from use or was it an adjustment technique? also some had O-rings on the latch and some didn't.
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[This message has been edited by Patrick (edited 04-01-2016).]
I gave up, tried downloading infraview or whatever it is. cant believe it has to be so difficult to post a picture here. ebay and every other site in the world is easier
I just use MS Paint. You should have it already (assuming you are using Windows). Open the pic. Click on "Resize". Select "Pixels". Change the first number (Horizontal) to 1024, or less (I prefer 800x600). You will see the filesize along the bottom of the screen. Make sure it is less than 300KB (Unfortunately you don't get to set the compression level (at least my version doesn't have it as an option) so you may have to resize again just to get it below 300KB). "Save As" a .jpg. Then you are good to go with PIP.
Originally posted by vette7584: in the pics of the two latches side by side. the little metal arm, one is black, one is natural, i some bent outwards, is this from normal use, or was it a way or adjusting these?
They tend to get bent over time and with ecessive tension. I know when I first got my car in 88 they were straight...not now. The arms are made of a pot metal and will break pretty easily if you try to straighten them. The only difference I have seen between the unpainted & painted(newer) is the addition of a finger tab to help pull down the glass when latching...
I should mention, that I DID get it straightened without breaking.. It has to be taken apart, a small roll pin in one arm is removed to get the shaft out of the plastic latch arm. I then set the metal shaft section in a vise and tightened till straight. Then reassembled... good as new. When reinstalled in the car, I experimented with different thickness shims to get it snug and not to tight.
Originally posted by vette7584: Orig88GT-NC, do you think it would be safe to assume the one with the "finger tab" may be a later production latch?
I'm sure it was, its the one that was original to my 88. I think in later production they got the design refined a bit by adding the finger tab and painting the arms for appearance. Failed to mention, it does have the o-rings added to the arm posts also. These seem to cut down on some of the rattling noise.