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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 19, 3:43 AM Thread Starter
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Question Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

I recently had my 66' painted with 1967 GM Royal Plum at a small shop (I will attach all photos below). The shop did not reinstall the stainless trim pieces because most of the clips were rotted and broken. Mine had a mix of the two in the pic below. All my searches told me, the pieces on the right were correct for my application. 66-67 rear window. I installed the new clips and failed at every attempt to re-attach the trim. It will not grab. The only thing I succeeded at was scratching the paint. I know the trim pieces are a little bent and wavy, but they were on there before the re-paint. Is there a tool needed for install? Or a trick I need to know? Are the clips not right? I don't believe this should be so hard.Any suggestions are welcomed. Thanks.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old Aug 13th, 19, 12:48 PM
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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

Looks like you have the correct clips, but the studs are too low in the channel. Did you replace that panel?

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I did not change anything except new clips
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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

I had issues installing mine as well so I had a glass guy stop by. The first thing to check is that the glass is seated all the way in. Having that seal too thick keeps the trim too far away from the clips to catch. The other trick he had was to bend the clips inward which also made it easier to catch.
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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

Good tips Eric. If the glass was not installed to the proper height, those moldings aren't going on.

Also, now is the time to grab a roll of masking tape & create a border around the channel. Things tend to slip all of a sudden & in half a second you have a giant scratch or gouge in your fresh paint job.
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I had issues installing mine as well so I had a glass guy stop by. The first thing to check is that the glass is seated all the way in. Having that seal too thick keeps the trim too far away from the clips to catch. The other trick he had was to bend the clips inward which also made it easier to catch.
Hi, The stainless trim was on before the re-paint with the same glass at the same level it is now. Only the clips have changed. I did try to move clips forward with a screwdriver which got me paint scratches and agitation but no grab. Should the pieces go on one at a time or altogether? I tried altogether.
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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

All together, I got the lower to catch first and worked around the sides catching the top last. The glass guy bent the clips in pretty good, more than I would have thought.
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I’m going to try again Saturday using your advice.
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Iím going to try again Saturday using your advice.

Don't forget the masking tape!
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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

The problem is the actual replacement clip. They suck. The part that is louvred out to grab the stainless is not sticking out enough. I have scrounged local yards for original clips and that's what works. Or find an old timer that has the original type clips at an old glass shop. The originals have a much larger and prominent catch area (louvred area)

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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

A tool I invented to help install moldings might help.
these are designed to slip between the clip and the body to prevent scratching during molding installation.
Made of really tough polycarbonate plastic will last for years. Set of 10 for $10.00





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A tool I invented to help install moldings might help.
these are designed to slip between the clip and the body to prevent scratching during molding installation.
Made of really tough polycarbonate plastic will last for years. Set of 10 for $10.00

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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

The order that worked for me was one at a time.
Cant imagine putting it on all together and risk it coming apart
and landing ever so gently on the new paint.
This worked for me,
1st piece, bottom passenger
2nd, bottom drivers as it slides into bottom center passenger not scratching the paint
you can leave the last clip loose on the bottom passenger if you have
trouble getting the drivers corner to set down ok. The bottom corners
can be tight.
3rd, top passenger, the sides clips can be a MF!
the trim is straight and down the sides usually have a bit of a curve.
I had to bend the 2 clip areas of the side trim with pliers to reach the clip, just
bending the clip out some was not enough!
4th, top drivers as it slides into the top center passenger piece not scratching the paint.

The new clips are tight as they should be!
Some tape could come in handy but still possible to get a nick or two.
Press on one clip at a time.
Press with thumb and pointer with both hands directly over the clip until
you turn blue and your fingers cant take anymore from the pain and
it should snap in place.
It can be tempting to hit with the palm or the side of your hand...this could
lead to trouble in a hurry. Dont be in a hurry!


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The problem is the actual replacement clip. They suck. The part that is louvred out to grab the stainless is not sticking out enough.

I had to re-engineer the "louvre" on each new clip so that they would "bite" the trim. Tedious work, sure, but it had to be done.
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Re: Help-1966 rear window trim reinstall

I agree much about the new clips not having the sharp grab digit, mine were like smooth bumps. Well it looks like I'll be spending $200. for new trim next spring. I think the last de-install prying off distorted the grab channel way too much for it to ever line up with the clips. This was my second weekend and my forth attempt at getting the trim on. Into the second hour I kinda lost control. I pounded the bottom trim into place with a rubber mallet, and it went in place, but dented the **** out of the moulding. The sides wouldn't grab the clips at all and the top was hit and miss as to which clips grabbed and which were outside of the trim. So its holding on now but looks like garbage.Didn't use masking tape either, so I scratched my paint too. Do you guys give BIG DUMMY awards? I think I earned one. P.S. the bending the clips doesn't work, it takes the tension fit off the pin, then they fall off.
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