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Package shelf recover
85Original Offline
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#1
Has anyone ever removed the rear package shelf to replace the cloth, or have any insight on what is involved?
R. Libby
85.5 Med. Regatta Blue TC
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Jeff K Offline
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#2
I did mine 20 years ago. Remove HMSL (did 85 have the HMSL?) and rear seat bottom. this allows access to the bolts to remove the seat back (T45 or T50 if I remember right). There are a few plastic fasteners at the front of the package shelf to remove and the shelf slides out. No need to remove the sail panel trim.

I peeled off the rotted fabric and sanded down any rough spots. Went to local fabric store and got some automotive grade fabric that was a very close match to the original color. Cut it to size and cut openings for the speakers and HMSL (if applicable) using the original as a template. I used spray glue to attach the new fabric. Has held up very well over the last 20 years, but the car is garaged 99% of the time.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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85Original Offline
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#3
I'm guessing that HMSL is the 3rd brake light? I just missed that with my 85.5 built on march 10, 1985. I thought it was the only difference between mine and an 86, until I needed new motor mounts. 85.5's were different than 85's and 86's.
R. Libby
85.5 Med. Regatta Blue TC
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Jeff K Offline
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#4
Yup, HMSL = high mount stop light. Sometimes known as CMSL = center mount stop light.
Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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