Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Stuck in Indianapolis until the end of time
The water seems to be confined to the drivers floor area; just the area where you would put your feet.
What about the material (thick vinyl matting) against the firewall? If you lift it up, is the underside wet?
Another place to check now that you have the carpet out:
The sheet metal screw that holds the plastic foot rest in place.
I had one car that was allowing water to come in past that screw.
Another thing and I just noticed this Sunday while I was washing my latest project (300m Special):
I removed the door seals from all four doors. Then I removed the headliner and the carpet.
The lady that owned the car was a heavy smoker and there were cigarette burns in the headliner!
Anyway, with the door seals out, water was running under the windshield molding onto the dash and onto the floor and then sucked up by that material on the firewall. That material acted like a sponge!
I mopped it up and put the front door seals back in and ran lots of water in, on and all around the windshield and front doors...no more leaking.
(I also propped up the firewall material, leaving it to dry out -- I might replace it anyway when I replace the dash. Dash has a giant crack in it)
Apparently, with the door seals in place, any water running under the windshield molding will follow the seal down and out rather than down and in.
You say, "Also I am worried about that water leak. Don't know where it is coming from. Put water with a hose for 10 minutes and nothing came in. It only happens when it rains a lot and hard." With the carpet out, put down some newspaper or something like that (absorbent and easy to tell when it gets wet) and run the hose over the windshield and door again, concentrating on the driver side.
if you don't get anything coming in, run the car up on some ramps (so it's tilted), open the hood and run the hose around the engine side of the firewall.
If you still don't get anything, spray the heck out of the bottom of the car.
Best of luck!!
Last edited by tgs; 08-08-2017 at 10:09 PM.