Hi folks, here's one that's got me stumped.  Trying to remove rear seat from 63 convertible.  The manual is fairly straightforward except for one major, crucial point - which it words in brain-melting language:

"Working over rear of rear seat back, remove screw securing rear end of folding top compartment side trim panel to rear of rear seat back frame."

HUH?  I've spent an insane amount of time looking over "rear of rear seat" and there is no such screw (singular).  I'm assuming it would be in center, since they're using the singular, but the trim they're talking about is presumably on each side.  No screw(s) on the side, either.  Naturally, the seat won't budge without this step.  Has anyone done this and can someone explain what the manual is trying to say???


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A similar question was posted in January and I had posted the steps from the Shop Manual. The sentence you included is vague but don't remember any issues getting that rear upper section out of the 3 convertible parts cars in the past but it has been 10+ years since I had a convertible on hand. From memory, you remove the lower section, disconnect seat at the bottom lower sides (hard tops have tabs, can't remember if the convertible has screws), then there is some attachment (screw) somewhere up top behind the top portion of the seat.  If seat is otherwise loose at the bottom you should perhaps feel or see the area holding it in place as you try to force the seat back upright up and over the hooks.  This and just looking around for a screw is my dummy approach when parting a car out but it has worked.  I've never looked at a shop manual when taking a car apart... but always do when pitting it back together! lol 

Maybe a convertible owner will see this and give provide a better & more definitive solution.

Thanks Jason, I agree sometimes it's best to just jimmy it around until you can trace the restraint.  Time to replace my top cylinders so once the rain stops in a few days will go out and give it another try...should be a good weekend project once I'm underway  :)

It has been a long time but —-

I think you need to push the bottom part of the seat down— hard  —on both sides of  it —-to disconnect it from its mounting clamp ( it will pop out of its mount ) and then move the seat forward and up ( by passing the mounting bracket on the seats way up and out ) to pull it out 

Then the other fasteners to remove the sides and back of the seat should show themselves 

Best I can remember 

Hope that helps 


Thanks, that's good to know!



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