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Is there any important things I should do to my car before reinstalling all of the interior?

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I've been slowly but surely restoring my 82 celica supra, and it wouldn't be without all of the helpful advice and input ive read and received from you guys on here! I really appreciate it. Now that I'm almost done with fixing most of the small things and getting ready to install all of the interior from my parts car, I'm wondering if there are any precautionary measures or other things I should (or could) do before I install the interior to help preserve the car and increase it's longevity? Any other helpful/ useful modifications, etc.?

I think I'm gong to have to reseal the sunroof compartment, and that is what made me think to write this post. Should I have any reason to be concerned with trying to seal anything else (e.g. the rear windows)?

Is there anything that can be done to help soundproof it from the road noise?

Any wiring or vulnerable areas that need to be checked and/or reinforced?

Any and all ideas and input is appreciated! Please let me know what you guys think. When I am done I will make sure to post some pictures showing you guys what I end up doing.
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Sound deadening can make a huge difference in updating the car to feel more modern and enhance stereo enjoyment, but it also adds considerable weight so it depends on your driving style and ambitions. Others can give you better advice on how to/where. I just know that I've been in mk2s with sound deadening and it can make a big improvement.

Your sunroof tray is probably fine, but you should clean out or probably even replace the drain tubes. Its only when those clog up or kink that it leaks from basically filling with water till it overflows.

I'd pull all the window tracks, clean the ancient hardened goo out of them and re-lube and replace any worn components. You'd be surprised how much faster you can make the windows operate like new.

I'd also be inclined to install new speakers. I'd also inspect the seatbelt retractors and try to make sure those operate smoothly. Make sure the gas door and hatch release cables are good and operate smoothly.

And search for some posts by Suprafiend regarding body seam sealer and rust repair. He pretty well documented all the places the water gets inside from sloppy workmanship and design flaws and gave some tips how to fix it.

That's all that I can think of off the top that's maybe not "obvious".
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Oh, and clean the lint out of the little temperature sensing tube in the center console and check the little fan motor. I forget what they call that thing.

And replace all the little light bulbs in the instrument cluster and dash, etc.
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