Installation Chrome Door Top Trim

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Carl Swirsding
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Installation Chrome Door Top Trim

#1 Post by Carl Swirsding »

The Chrome Door Top Trim (part 644 531 431 XX) on my passenger side does not fit snugly against the window frame. The drivers side is very snug, with the front edge touching the window frame. On the passenger side there is a gap of about 1/16 inch. See pics. How do I close this gap on the passenger side?

These were installed by the body shop after a recent repaint of my 1964 C Coupe. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Re: Installation Chrome Door Top Trim

#2 Post by Harlan Halsey »

Carl,
That piece of trim is part of a can of worms: If the door fits the car well, and window frame fits the door opening well, and if the window rolls up and down well, then you can address those gaps by taking the door apart and shimming the trim piece, using longer screws. You can probably shim the trim with the window frame in place.

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#3 Post by Don Gale »

How does the trim piece pry out? Is it held in place with screws behind the felt strip? Does it simply pry out from the outside with a putty knife? This is a shot from the inside of my passenger door, 1958 T2 356A coupe with the door panel removed.
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#4 Post by Mike Wilson »

If you are referring to the furry strip, it is held in place by small screws buried in the fuzz.

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#5 Post by Martin Benade »

I think the chrome strip has its own screws installed before the furry strip, but it’s been twelve years since I installed mine, my memory may be furry.
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You are correct, Martin.

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Re: Installation Chrome Door Top Trim

#7 Post by Don Gale »

I'm a bit confused how to remove the outside chrome (anodized) trim piece. I was able to locate the screws underneath the inside felt strip but removing them seems like the trim is still fastened somewhere else (unless it is stuck/corroded in place). When I slide a putty knife from the front, under the trim between it and the door paint, it bumps into something metal that is vertical, about 1-1/4" back from the front of the outer trim strip. There is nothing I can see in the way of a screw or post from the inside of the door directly under that location. Is there an L-bracket or some other piece that attaches the trim to the window frame, behind the channel felt? Will the outer trim come off if I detach and lower the glass and take the entire window frame out? What am I missing? How does the outer trim piece come off? I hate to destroy it, new ones sell for $500
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#8 Post by Martin Benade »

The trim is chrome plated brass, not anodized, not that it matters. You have both sets of screws out? The ones holding the furry strip go into the door also.
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#9 Post by Harlan Halsey »

You have to remove the fuzzy strip to see the small flat head screws holding the brass chrome trim. The fuzzy strip can be replaced with weather strip cement.

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#10 Post by Doug McDonnell »

Carl This link will help explain how you change the gap: viewtopic.php?p=383387&hilit=door+top+chrome#p383387 The bad news is the front mounting screw of the door top chrome piece that needs to be shimmed can't be accessed until you move the window frame out of the way. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=25829&p=121678&hilit=door#p121678
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#11 Post by Carl Swirsding »

All, thank you for your guidance and links to other conversations about the same topic. Good to know I'm not alone here. Looks like I will have to set aside a few hours to attack this. But now I'm educated on what to do thanks to all of you. This is such a great club and great forum. Carl
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#12 Post by Doug McDonnell »

Getting correct spacing with shims was so much fun I did it 3 times Carl, so maybe set aside a day or two rather than an hour or two. And Don you have to remove or at least lift up the window channel to access all of the screws holding the door top chrome to the door.
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