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This is kind of a parts wanted question...but also a resto one as well. It seems that in 1969 the factory installed a flexible plastic trim insert into the drip rail to finish off the vinyl top. It is 3/8" wide with a chrome strip 1/4" wide and a clear edge. I think it was in a roll and cut to fit...I am working on the 69 granny and the drivers side piece is broken...might be able to glue it..BUT..?? any ideas on sources for this product or suitable replacement...thanks.

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This is kind of a parts wanted question...but also a resto one as well. It seems that in 1969 the factory installed a flexible plastic trim insert into the drip rail to finish off the vinyl top. It is 3/8" wide with a chrome strip 1/4" wide and a clear edge. I think it was in a roll and cut to fit...I am working on the 69 granny and the drivers side piece is broken...might be able to glue it..BUT..?? any ideas on sources for this product or suitable replacement...thanks.

wilma
I want to say the Old School parts stores used to carry a press-on type moulding like that for use as door edge guards and such. It came in rolls and you would cut to fit. As you pressed into place, it would self-glue.Detail shops would use it to dress up used cars.

An older body shop supply store might still have some of that product on the shelf. Its been awhile since I've heard mention of it.
 

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Know exactly what you are referring to. My "69 was lucky enough to still have it in place. I go to allot of swap meets and have yet seen any of this material around. Will keep looking for it. Good luck.
 

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Never have seen such a thing.
Do you have any pics of the old pieces and where they fit on the car?
Here are some (poor) shots of the trim piece...next time I'll take a pic of where it lives on the car.

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They are so fuzzy I can't make out what they are. Probably lost some calrity in the translation.

I thought maybe it was a molding like 2doorpost mentioned, added afterwards.
If so, I get into alot of old shops, might be able to find a duplicate or something close enough to make "granny" happy.
My old boss had alot of old "moldings on a roll" in the back room from when he closed.
The fact that two have it might mean it is OEM or just a standard aftermarket add on. Were the vinyl tops both factory ones??
 

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I know a Mustang person that is in need of the same trim for the vinyl edge .They had no luck at any of the suppliers .
 

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Does anyone have a 69 assembly manual to see if this part is listed...??? and if so, is their a part number.

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The vinyl roof doesn't seem to be illustrated in the 68 nor 69 assembly manuals. There is a drawing in my 1970 Fisher body service manual that shows the plastic retainer, and it shows a special tool being used to install it. It's just a handle with two rollers that is used to push the retainer strip down into the recess behind the drip rail. It's not clear that the drawing applies to 1970 Novas or not. The retainer strip shown in the drawing is L shaped. It doesn't look anything like the U shaped door edge molding.
 

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I couldn't find it anywhere in my 69 assembly manual!:no:
 

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Tom,

This would not be in the Assembly manual as it was a Fisher body installed part.

The originals I have seen are clear and also used on the Camaro. Last pair I saw NOS went for $500.

Greg
 
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