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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 19, 1:20 PM Thread Starter
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El Camino Bed Moldings

It is time to replace the bed moldings on my 68. The pot metal items have headed south, but the rest of the stainless items are good. Would I be better sourcing some NOS corners or are the repo items acceptable now. Any one have experience with the repo stuff. I see a wide range of prices on the 10 piece trim kits, but kinda assume all the kits in the market are all from the same supplier, but maybe not. Any body know if there is more than one supplier, and if so, who does it better. Thanks

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 19, 7:29 PM
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Re: El Camino Bed Moldings

I assume there are just a couple manufacturers of the repop stuff. Don't actually know. But they're all off shore, somewhere.
If your OE moldings can be refurbished, go that way. There are people out there who can refurbish your moldings and make them look like new. The refurbish process isn't cheep. But IMO it's the best way to go.
I used repop molding on my '72 and it was terrible. We actually did body work to make the corners fit. The top side bed rails worked. BUT no one makes the front top rail or the tail gate top rail that will fit. The both have compound curves and the repop moldings are totally straight. I had to purchase these moldings, OE, and had them refurbished. They fit perfectly.
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Re: El Camino Bed Moldings

If your corners can be rechromed you might be further ahead going that route. I struggled with repops, and was never happy with the fit. Many hours of filing heating bending and I never achieved the quality of the original GM parts. If you do try the repos make sure there returnable.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 19th, 19, 8:52 PM
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Re: El Camino Bed Moldings

I can tell you of my experience with repop bed trim. I agree with there are many suppliers but probably one manufacturer. The after market pieces I bought for my 65 El Camino were terrible in fit. The curved pieces around the back window left huge gaps and the side rail corners near the tail gate would not sit flat. Returned it all and had the factory pieces replated. Find a good chrome business that can repair broken studs and extra holes drilled in the pieces like I did and you will be a whole lot happier.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 19, 12:21 AM
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About 10 years ago, a friend bought a set pf repros for a '70 Elky, and they were horrible, and the rails we not even useable. Fast forward to the Ohio show in 2017, and I saw a guy install a set on the show field on a Sprint that he had just finished, and they fit beautifully. He got them from Ground Up.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Jan 20th, 19, 8:31 AM
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Re: El Camino Bed Moldings

I'm going to look at the ones Ground up sells.

I wish they would of just used recessed chrome screws on these moldings!! That way I could unscrew the screws and unload a couple cans of spray grease into the inner fenders from time to time..
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I'm going to look at the ones Ground up sells.

I wish they would of just used recessed chrome screws on these moldings!! That way I could unscrew the screws and empty a couple cans of spray grease into the inner fenders from time to time..
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