Reinstalling rear window trim on an 80

Discussion in 'Body Restoration' started by MoarThrottle, Jun 12, 2019.

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    MoarThrottle Veteran Member

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    Hey guys, i'm finally getting to this part and i'm reasonably sure i bought the correct clips lol. Can you check my work before i get too far? It seems that on the drivers side there might not be enough room to put on the clips. I broke 2 trying to shove them in, but there was a lot of rubber in that drivers side channel to remove.
    I can post more pics after work.
     

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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I'd be using the metal clips. When did they start to use plastic?
     
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    When i was shopping for clips there were no metal clips to be sold. I was assured the plastic ones were ok to use. There is 1 old metal clip down on the passengers side still.
     
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    Who installed the window? It looks like what might be urethane type goo. They just went a little too much in my opinion. Then in the second pic it looks like not enough. I would trim a little around the stud to see if the clip will fit? Good luck....
     
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    Have you tried NAPA, they have a good selection of clips, think the metal are better. NAPA here had a book with the actual part in itso you could compare it.
     
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    That's my impression... Too much goo.

    You'll have to carefully trim away a bit of it to get the clip in place.
     
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    Yea there is a lot of goo. Especially up top. I'm really hoping that i don't have get the window reseated. It kinda of seems like the passengers side has less goo than the drivers side and top. I'll do some cutting and digging and report back!

    Also i wanted to say the metal clip is a different design...but i honestly can't say if it was put there by mistake from the previous owner or if its right and i've got the wrong ones. I'll hit up NAPA and see what they have to say.
     
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    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Over the years I've seen a mix of plastic and metal clips to hold the trim in place. Either one can do the job. Many cars already have had the glass changed so you might find some of each on the car depending on what the glass shop had on hand when they replaced the glass. The metal ones would be thinner and probably not need as much trimming of the urethane, but if you trim it a bit, either one should work.
    The plastic ones deteriorate slowly from sun and weather. The metal ones rust slowly from water. The next time you need some, you most likely can't find more exactly like you already have, but it doesn't matter.
     
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    Agree. My '77 came from the factory with some of each.
     
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    If the plastic is strong, I either prefer it for corrosion prevention and the clips won’t scratch the pain on the studs
     

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