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1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang Sunroof Hardware Installation

Created by Jay Walling / 10 min read
Date Created: 3/30/2023
Last Updated: 3/30/2023

Today we will install new sunroof hardware into our 1988 Fox Body Mustang, Project Blue Collar.

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From 1979-1993, Ford offered a sunroof through the factory on the Fox chassis. Over time, the associated hardware for these cars becomes brittle and can rust out from age and the elements. Follow along, and we will cover the complete installation of the available parts for these setups.

Tools Needed

  • Trim Removal Kit
  • Assorted Screwdrivers
  • General Cleaning Supplies
  • 1/4" Drive Ratchet, Socket Set, and Extensions
  • 3/8" Drive Ratchet, Socket Set, and Extensions

  • First, we’ll remove the sunroof from the car. Release the handle and squeeze the two retaining tabs to separate the latch from the bracket.

  • Push up from underneath the glass at the rear and then remove the sunroof from the car. Place it face down on a microfiber towel.

  • Back inside the car, loosen and remove the Phillips head screw securing the cover to the roof.

  • Carefully situate the end of the cover around the bracket on both sides to remove it.

  • Loosen and remove the two 11mm nuts securing the bracket to the roof; be sure and hold the bracket with the other hand to prevent it from falling down. Remove the bracket from the car.

  • At the front area of the glass, loosen and remove the Phillip's head screws securing the L bracket. Remove the bracket.

  • Push the nut plate out to remove it and the gasket. Do the same for the other L bracket.

  • At the rear of the glass, loosen one of the screws with a flathead screwdriver.

  • Loosen the second screw and then remove the latch assembly.

  • If they stayed behind, remove the flat washers.

  • Push the nut plate through the glass to remove it.

  • Flip the glass over. Spray some glass cleaner around one of the frontward openings to use as a lubricant.

  • Carefully scrape away any old residue or adhesive with a razor blade, and dry the area.

  • Use a cleaner polish and microfiber towel to clean any remaining marks. Wipe the area and then do the same for the other two areas.

  • Flip the glass back over and clean the inside areas around the holes and then wipe the entire bottom side of the glass.

  • Before we install the new parts, I’m going to prep and paint the top sides of the nut plates with trim black paint. Painting these trim black will provide a factory-correct appearance.

  • Rough the surface with a grey scuff pad and some water with a few drops of dish soap. Wipe them clean with a prep spray.

  • Paint the nut plates in a well-lit and well-ventilated area until complete coverage is achieved. Make sure you give them adequate time to fully dry.

  • Since we’re installing a new latch into this car, separate the handle from the bracket.

  • Take one of the mounting pivots and slide a shouldered bolt through the opening. Orientation does not matter.

  • Next, install the rubber washer and a metal flat washer.

  • Place the gasket over the nut plate.

  • Install the nut plate into position and hold it in place.

  • Place a plastic washer onto the glass with the textured side facing towards you.

  • While holding the nut plate, loosely thread the shouldered bolt.

  • Position the latch handle in the correct orientation.

  • Assemble the other mounting pivot.

  • Position another plastic washer.

  • Install the pivot and carefully tighten both of the bolts in an even sequence.

  • Use an 1/8-inch Allen key and install the set screws into the mounting pivots and fully tighten.

  • Since the frontward nut plates only have one threaded area, the plate and gasket can become misaligned whenever you tighten the screw.

  • To help prevent this, apply a small amount of weatherstrip adhesive to the underside of the nut plate.

  • Place the gasket onto the nut plate and make sure it’s even.

  • Apply pressure for a few seconds, and then do the same for the other gasket and nut plate. Give the adhesive some time to cure.

  • Verify the hole sizes in the L bracket. One has a larger diameter. This area will install against the glass.

  • You can also look at the side gussets on the bracket. There will be a small straight section near the edge; this is the side with the larger diameter hole and will install against the glass.

  • Since you’ll have to hold the nut plate in position, go ahead and place the flat washers over the Phillips head screws.

  • Position the nut plate through the glass and make sure it’s oriented correctly. Hold the nut plate in position and place an L bracket onto the glass, and then loosely thread one of the Phillips head screws.

  • Since there is some adjustability with the L brackets, set the bracket so that the screw is centered within the slotted hole and then tighten the screw.

  • Make sure the bracket is facing straight forward and is not at an angle. Position a retaining tab into place and loosely install another screw.

  • Set the tab just below the edge on the L bracket and tighten the screw. Do the same for the other side.

  • Go ahead and make sure the nut plates are oriented correctly.

  • Hop inside the car and align the new latch bracket with the roof of the car. Reinstall the previously removed nuts and carefully tighten. Install the latch cover and retighten the screw.

  • Before reinstalling the sunroof, use this opportunity to clean the jam area. Vacuum the large debris first and then wipe the area with a waterless wash product and a microfiber towel. Use some compressed air and flush the drains in the corners of the jam area.

  • Reinstall the sunroof into the car and verify that the brackets and tabs are adjusted correctly.

  • If needed, remove the sunroof and adjust the brackets and retaining tabs accordingly. Whenever the sunroof fully seats into place, close the latch.

  • Double-check all of your work, and you are all done!


Alright, folks! I hope this article helped you understand the sunroof hardware installation process for all 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustangs. If you need more details on this process, watch the video at the top of the page. For all things, Mustang, keep it right here with the real enthusiasts, LMR.com!

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Published on 2022-12-21
In this video, Landan explains the detailed process of removing and installing the hardware that is associated with the sunroof in a 1979-1993 Fox Body Mustang.
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Jay has written content for Late Model Restoration for over 10 years, producing over 120 articles. Jay has an extensive 25-plus-year background in automotive and is a certified Ford Technician. Read more...