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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 19, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Convertible Header Trim

In the process of restoring a '67 convertible and it seems impossible to install the chrome header pieces that go at the top of the windshield! Anyone know a trick that we're missing?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 19, 01:57 PM
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Re: Convertible Header Trim

Make sure you get GM originals....
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 26th, 19, 01:58 PM
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It is very difficult. Be careful. The metal is very thin and they are easy to scratch.

I placed the molding in the interior of the car first and then rolled them in place. I used a screwdriver to slowly lift the molding metal up while I rolled the molding forward. You can see the molding is over the windshield hump at the end. I am slowly working my way toward the center of the car. It might take you several passes to get the molding over the windshield frame hump. Don't try to get it over the hump the first time. You will bend the metal.


[IMG]header molding 3 by patrick smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

After I got it over the hump, I had to hit it to move the molding toward the center of the car. Do not try to use the self tapping screws to pull the molding in place. You will bend the molding. Use a rubber hammer to hit the molding where it is not shiny. Use a wooden block if needed. A wooden block will spread out the forces of the hammer so you will not dent the metal.

[IMG]header molding 4 by patrick smith, on Flickr[/IMG]


[IMG]header molding 5 by patrick smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 19, 05:46 AM
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Patrick, Your header molding argent silver is not correct. Original reference is here: 68 Convertible Windshield Header Moldings Other originals I have for reference are the same as the link. Moldings can be difficult to install. The GM ones I have do not require any tools for installation, just hand manipulation.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 19, 07:17 AM
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Re: Convertible Header Trim

Yes my 1969 moldings are reproductions so the color is off.
[IMG]header molding 2 by patrick smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

Mr. Wagenman,

If your moldings are reproductions, you might have the some of the same problems as what I experienced.

One of them was there was a gap between the header molding and the side windshield molding.
[IMG]header molding 9 by patrick smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

I wrapped a strap around the molding. I twisted the strap with a screwdriver to pull the molding tight against the vertical molding.
[IMG]header molding 6 by patrick smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

Another problem was the top windshield molding had a gap between it and the header molding. I had to add two extra windshield molding clips to move the windshield molding close to the header molding.

It can be done. If you get mad at the car walk away and come back later. Believe me, I had to many times.
[IMG]header molding 10 by patrick smith, on Flickr[/IMG]

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 19, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Convertible Header Trim

Thanks for all the great advice/suggestions!
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