Fiero Sail Panel Replacement

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Sail Panels

Have you ever wondered how that sail panel is held  to the body? The picture here to the right show an  85 SE with the panel removed. I recommend you  remove it if you are going to paint your car or if you  need to repaint the panel.

REMOVING THE NUT TO RELEASE THE FORWARD CLIP

REMOVING THE NUT TO RELEASE THE FORWARD CLIP

Please note that if you only want to replace the  plastic sail panel, it can without removing it from the  car. Removed the plastic panel by working putty  knife at each corner carefully. It will start to lift and  crack, and break off. Just work carefully. Once the  quarter panel is removed, use 3M General Purpose  Adhesive Cleaner (PN 051135-08984) to remove  the old double-sided tape. Clean the panel well and  then replace the tape (3M PN 05131-06384) and  install the new plastic sail panel.
85 FIERO WITH SAIL PANEL REMOVED

85 FIERO WITH SAIL PANEL REMOVED

Removing the Sail Panel

Remove the seats from the car. Remove the seat belt bolts and the upper rear trim piece. Look through the lower hole and remove the nut. Lift the front of the sail panel about a quarter to one half inch. Find the two tabs protruding into the body skin. I have found two types of fasteners that hold the rear of the panel in place. The first type has a lever. Work these loose, you may try a scribe with a right angle to get behind the tab and pull back a little to release. The second type has a threaded stud that pushes through a metal clip on the body. Lift the sail panel off.

TAB PIECE THAT HOLDS REAR OF SAIL PANEL (TYPE 1)

TAB PIECE THAT HOLDS REAR OF SAIL PANEL (TYPE 1)

Installing the Sail Panel

Install all the clips on the Sail Panel and align the Sail Panel with the rear holes and the front hole and push it in place. Reinstall the nut on the front stud.

METAL CLIP ON 85 FIERO

METAL CLIP ON 85 FIERO

THREADED STUD THAT PUSHES THROUGH THE METAL CLIP

THREADED STUD THAT PUSHES THROUGH THE METAL CLIP

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