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Old 10-13-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default 1949 Ford Convertible sagging side rails

I just purchased a 1949 Ford Convertible. The side rails are sagging in the middle which will not allow the windows to be fully closed.
Does anyone know how to fix this problem?
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1949 Ford Convertible sagging side rails

I don't fully understand what you mean by "side rails", but the first thing I would do is get the car up and crawl under and check out the body mounts. If you are referring to the top, please ignore this suggestion.
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: 1949 Ford Convertible sagging side rails

This is an old thread on the subject. https://fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=98125
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:39 AM   #4
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Default Re: 1949 Ford Convertible sagging side rails

By "side rails" do you mean the frame side rails under the car or the folding top side rails into which the windows fit?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-1949-1...-/172914704634

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Old 10-13-2019, 04:13 PM   #5
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Default Re: 1949 Ford Convertible sagging side rails

I am referring to the folding top side rails. This car was restored some years ago and has no rust in it. The top looks to be newer .
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Old 10-13-2019, 05:34 PM   #6
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Default Re: 1949 Ford Convertible sagging side rails

Ford and Mercury made manuals showing all the parts for the convertible top, it's adjustment and alignment. If you look carefully at the various parts of the top mechanism you will find there are very small allen head adjustment screws for the rails as well as the places the top mechanism is secured to the inner body panels at the rear bottom of the top. Adjustment is a very tedious process as the parts may have worn badly over the years. The top castings are die cast zinc and not very strong so be careful.
I think this is the book. It has a section devoted to convertible tops.
https://www.scribd.com/doc/249258710...ar-Shop-ManualAlso, there may be another person who has restored a 49-51 ford convertible that can help.
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Old 10-13-2019, 07:35 PM   #7
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I don't know about the 49 and later cars, but the 48 convertibles has eccentrics that adjust the side rails. Maybe the same on 49 and later??
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