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Sunroof, Should I or Shouldn’t I try and Open

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  1. BillyD

    BillyD Formula 3
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    My new to me USA 83 coupe has a sunroof of course. Previous owner never opened it and I’m debating whether I should. I bought a coupe as I found I didn’t drop my previous convertibles tops much. I’ve pushed the open switch a bit and it seems to move but I don’t want to open a can of worms and have another project. Searching threads and parts sellers it appears there are some parts available. Anyone rebuilt theirs lately to confirm this.
    Advice?
     
  2. Wade

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    Any chance you have the "emergency handle"? If so, try it manually first, but gingerly.

    This from the '85 Owner's Manual:


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  3. Wade

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    Just a note - after long periods of non-use, the retract cable corrodes within the guide tube, and then jams up.
     
  4. BillyD

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    Just checked the tool kit and I do have the EMERGENCY HANDLE.
    So so far I know:
    -the motor works
    -cable currently ok as roof moves if I momentarily push button
    -have emergency handle if motor fails
    Now I need some courage
     
  5. syata

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  6. afterburner

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    Read the weather report first.
     
  7. 19633500GT

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    Best advice ever given to me by my old FCar mechanic friend

    "Does your sunroof work?"

    "Yes"

    "Ok, great, never touch it or open it ever again"

    "Ok lol"
     
  8. rob

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    Yup even says in one of the Mondial buyers guides if it has a sunroof decide if you want it permantly open or closed and leave it that way.
     
  9. mike32

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    Keep your fingers off - you might have the manual tool but no use if it sticks.
     
  10. 88MONDIAL

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    I have an 82 coupe - the owner where I bought it opened it on my test drive back in 2016 - I cringed and wanted to yell, AH, don't you dare open it!!! LOL I have never opened it or will I. Nothing good can come from it, it's too expensive to fix if something goes wrong, which it probably will. Plus the thing is above/behind your head so you can't really see out of it anyways! Post #7 is spot on!
     
  11. C50

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    I have direct experience with opening a sunroof that should not have been opened, although not a mondial
    I had a 72 VW bus w a massive sunroof that was closed when I bought it. Wasn’t explicitly told don’t open it but I sensed it was like a horror movie’s door to the basement (don’t open it)
    Well, I Opened it
    Closed it
    Felt quite proud. No monsters.
    First rain storm it stayed dry inside...
    Until I hit the brakes: Water had accumulated in prodigious quantities inside the roof and stopping caused momentum to bring all that water rushing forward to cascade like a waterfall out the front of the sunroof and onto the front seats.
    I was quite literally soaking wet.
    I was young so it was funny.
    Lesson learned: don’t open old sunroofs
    Caulked it closed after everything dried.
     
  12. Wade

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    The Mondial 8 I had was only 11 years old when I bought it, and the sunroof didn't work. So I completely restored the system and all was awesome after that. This was pre-internet days plus there wasn't anyone around to tell me not to. No Ferrari repair manuals either (it's not in the manual anyway). :)

    However, I have heard... "Don't open the sunroof while driving at high speeds (while the windows are already open) 'cause the lid will blow out completely." ;)
     
  13. mike32

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    I had mine open on a bumpy road and it would not shut after that- the start of a nightmare
     
  14. Mark C Harvey

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    Mine works, I open and close it every time I use the car. Actually the mechanism slowed down as the Connecticut winter approached and the weather got colder. I figured it was like my knees so I left it the FA till spring. Indeed...the open/close sped up again as the weather warmed. Perfect really as I don’t drive it in the winter, and anyway don’t use the sunroof if it’s really cold. I swear these cars have personality. I trust it, but ******* there are some warnings here to give me pause for thought
     

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