Trunk leak, cleaning, and detail...
Unbeknownst to me, my trunk was leaking. I had a thick rubber mat down along the rear portion which hid the water (and kept it from ever drying out). the carpet and jute mat were soaking wet. The car would get musty when it rained, but I thought it was just getting in and out with wet clothes, etc. I found the back edge of the trunk under the w/* was low just right of center. I removed the w/* from the center portion and could see the hseetmetal lip was in fact very low for about 6". Maybe something got set against it and dented it or something. I took a small ballpeen and beat it back into shape, and then raised the entire lip about 1/4" all along the back edge to compensate for any softness in the w/*. I used some clear silicone to seal the w/* where it presses onto the sheetmetal lip. After the silicone dried, I wiped the w/* with some wheel bearing grease and shut the lid. When I opened the lid, I could see the grease made a nice squished impression on the underedge of the trunk lid. It rained two days ago and viola! No more leak. While I had the trunk apart, I vacuumed it out real good and sprayed the entire trunk down with a generic cleaner w/bleach. It killed the musty smell, leftt he car smelling hospital clean!
The best part of this whole ordeal, I went into the parts dept here at Capital Cadillac and got the part number for a NOS trunk carpet, list $54.00. I found one at a dealer in Ohio, they had it on the locator for cost -50%. he ended up only charging me $13.31!!!! (and didn't charge anything for shipping!) I wasn;t going to put a new mat under the carpet, but the intercooler pump is mounted under the trunk pan and it is alot louder with nothing back there. I might just get some Dynamat and stick it down on the trunk pan before I install the new rug!
1988 Grand Am SE 2.0 Turbo
1996 Bonneville SSEi Twin-Charged