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Old 06-13-2017, 11:56 AM
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Has anyone ever identified, categorized, or cataloged all the rubber body plugs? I installed 4 trunk lid plugs and see at least 6 more holes in the lid. I plugged the big trunk hole where the spare sits and wonder what else I can plug. Ha, ha.
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Old 06-13-2017, 12:01 PM
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Why did you plug the hole in the spare tire well? That's there to allow any water that might get in to drain out. There's a difference between casting holes and drains holes. Drain holes should not be plugged for obvious reasons.

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Because it was there? I thought I recall my brother's 1964 had the hole rubber plugged. I could be wrong about that, but to have a hole in the bottom of the trunk floor seems against every integrity issue I know. To have a hole that can let water out if unplugged seems logical. Where is this water coming from that has to be let out immediately?

BYTW, I sealed my rear window where water was coming into the trunk. The "drain hole" never saw any water since the trunk liner material absorbed about a quart.

So you are saying Ford has never officially addressed the plug holes separately?

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Old 06-13-2017, 01:28 PM
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Interestingly mine has a plug in the spare tire hole too!

Can't say for sure it's always been there but seems to have some of the same tar-like undercoating on the outside area of the plug matching the rest of the spare tire well.

It's not extremely tight - I always figured water could seep out if enough found it's way in there. Better not be any water in my trunk - my clothes would be all wet.

Bet we won't find any dealer brochures etc from '58-'60 showing the trunk without a spare so we can confirm -

I'm missing one of the plugs in the splash shield directly behind the front tire.

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Old 06-13-2017, 02:46 PM
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[QUOTE Eric said: I'm missing one of the plugs in the splash shield directly behind the front tire.
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Yes, me too and so I stuck a rubber plug there. The undercoating was removed around the hole. I didn't know what the access might for except the electric antenna?

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Are you talking about the plug or hole for access to the hood latch to release / trip if the cable breaks or jambs ..??
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Fortunately those are still there on mine - guess the hood never got stuck (knock on wood) and they haven't needed to be removed.

The one I'm missing is in the wheel well area directly behind the tire. You can just see the bottom edge of the hole in this pic when I was converting to discs (top right between the splash shield for the rotor and the fender).

My guess it was a body assembly / alignment hole. The undercoating is gone around the edge of mine too where the lip of the plug used to be.

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It's a little challenge to plug as the opening wasn't flat. I think it's a 1 inch hole, but I can't recall now that it's plugged up.

You would think some concours publication would address what's a drain hole, what's a casting hole, and what should be plugged along with the size. It's not a big deal, but I like addressing these types of issues.

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Just double checked - that must be an optical delusion in my pic because there is not a plug on the drivers side (except for the hood release as Mike mentions) - only the passenger side.

Yea - we have that info for the MG's I work on but still find discrepancies now and again.

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Eric, 52 pieces? For a while I thought I had a problem. I would assume some of those are firewall grommets. Let's see: wheel opening. Check. 4 trunk lid. Check. Trunk hole at spare. Check? Do the 4 brake adjuster grommets count?

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