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Center trim on wndshield interior
#1052451 Thu Aug 28 2014 08:19 AM
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On my 53, while reinstalling the center piece on the windshield the top small bracket that fills the gap between the wind shield trim does not lay flat like the bottom one. They both have the same angle. I removed these pieces over a year ago and they have been in a protected area so have not been damaged. I can't figure what I am doing wrong.

http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a506/53Movinon/IMG_2112_zps074838bd.jpg
http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a506/53Movinon/IMG_2111_zpsdbf54ca6.jpg

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Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
53Movinon #1052536 Thu Aug 28 2014 09:20 PM
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After looking at this again, I suspect that the windshield trim must have a gap at the top to maybe accept part of the headliner? When I reinstalled the w.s. trim I tightened it down flush to the metal behind it as shown. The truck did not have a headliner when I got it. There might have been some rubber shims like the bottom has, but I don't recall seeing any. Any suggestions?

Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
53Movinon #1052682 Fri Aug 29 2014 02:44 PM
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The two pieces should not have the same shape. Maybe one of yours was bent for some reason. Maybe simply bend it back to where it belongs.

Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
DavidF #1052732 Fri Aug 29 2014 08:48 PM
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David, it was never bent since I've had it. It looks too perfect to be accidently bent. Would you tell me if the w.s. interior trim on your truck is screwed fast to the wide metal strip behind it? If you or anyone has a good picture I could probably figure it out. Thanks for your reply, and would like to hear from more of you guys. Steve

Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
53Movinon #1052769 Sat Aug 30 2014 01:49 AM
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New rubber? I had a heck of a time getting that piece back on my 53.


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Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
53Movinon #1052813 Sat Aug 30 2014 11:44 AM
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If I got it right, that is, what you're asking about, I don't think
the trim pieces fit was all that good when it was delivered back
in '53. Remember, these were utilitarian vehicles, not show pieces.
This is all original, taint been restored, refit or repainted.
Top: http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/image/157186822
Bottom: http://www.pbase.com/dennygraham/image/157186823

dg

Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
Denny Graham #1052835 Sat Aug 30 2014 03:24 PM
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Thank you Denny! I was hoping you would respond with a good clear picture. I enlarged the pic of the top and it looks like he headliner tucks in under the windshield trim a tad. That would make it somewhat tighter at the top where the bracket meets the headliner I think. Of course I could always bend it I suppose once the h.liner was in place. Steve

Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
53Movinon #1052840 Sat Aug 30 2014 03:40 PM
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Installing the center windshield trim (inside to outside) was one of the more difficult tasks on the truck assembly process. Patience is required for sure. The top and bottom trim clips were different from another on my truck.

Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
53Movinon #1052873 Sat Aug 30 2014 06:15 PM
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Now I gotta go back and reinstall mine. I put them over the center trim. And they fit just fine. They may have been tweaked some over time but they fit over the center trim just fine. My mirror mount is "T" shaped and covers the top at the headliner gap rather well. So since it would mean fitting into the center trim, PITA. I think on second thought, I will leave it alone. I found mine in one of the boxes of parts the PO gave me when the truck was bought. So when they fit on the outside of the center trim I thought it was how they went.


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Re: Center trim on wndshield interior
53Movinon #1053146 Sun Aug 31 2014 10:44 PM
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I still don't know if I need to leave the top part of the windshield trim with a gap for the headliner to tuck in.

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