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Post by alowerlevel on Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:41 am

I was lookin at my 73 the other day and noticed that on the a-pillar there is what looks like a trim piece that runs from the vinyl top down the a-pillar. It has a grain on it to match the vinyl on the roof, my question is what am I supposed to do with that when I get rid of the vinyl top? I dont know whats under it, is there a different trim piece for a non-vinyl topped car?? All I know is I wanna get rid of the damned top before it makes the roof any worse and Im gonna keep it off. Also what about the 1/4 window, winshield & rear window trim? Is it different between the two tops? Ive seen some cars without any trim on the 1/4 windows, so does that mean I can leave them off (I kinda like the way they look without them) and not worry about water leaks etc??? Sorry bout the long post and all the questions but Im still new to the G3's and I wanna get everything in order so I can try fix most of it this winter.

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Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:31 am

Dont be sorry, we are here for your support. I am just sorry that I, personally, can not help you but someone here will be able to answer your question. JB
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Post by IndyG3 on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:40 am

I might be able to help! Very Happy
If you want to get rid of your vinyl top permanently, the A pillar trim (the steel pieces molded to look like vinyl) will be removed because the top will be smooth, and so should the A pillars. You may also want to fill int the screw holes that held the pieces in place (I don't know if all models had this piece held in with screws, it's just how mine is).
As for the 1/4 winidows, you could take off that trim if you want to. Just make sure the windows themselves are installed properly and they shouldn't leak.
I think when you pull off the rear window trim there will be some holes left over that you'll have to fill in. Nothing too major, just some holes used to keep the trim in place.
I'm not sure about the front.... and It would probably be best to get someone else here to verify my ranting, but I hope this helps...
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Post by bigredlaguna on Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:09 am

As far as the quarter window goes, I've seen the bottom edge filled in with clear silicone so there is no chance of water sitting between the glass and the metal. There was a car I saw in a junkyard that from the doors back was practically brand new that had this treatment.
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:53 am

I know the opera and triangle window trim have different thickness to allow for the vinyl roof material to sit in there, and the clips for the trim I do believe will have to be ground off for the trim for the vinyl top, alot of people I have seen just leave the trim and paint the roof half the color of what the vinyl top would have been

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Post by alowerlevel on Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:57 pm

Thanks for the help and info guys. Ill have to look more into the a pillar trim and how to remove it as I didnt see any screws (I didnt look all that well though).
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Post by alowerlevel on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:03 pm

Heres the A pillar trim Im worried about (in case I didnt describe it right) Its the piece inbetween the winshield trim and the driprail trim.

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Post by Limey SE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:11 pm

they are not screws they are clips in the trim it self the clips are on back side of trip be very full when you remove them not to damage them........there is a tool they have for that but the name escapes me at the moment I will look in my books I have


for I have seen it there

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Post by alowerlevel on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:15 pm

Thanks that would be great if you could find the name of that tool. And the pillar will just have holes in it for the clips and thats it? It will be smooth and all I have to do it weld the holes up? Thanks again
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:16 pm

molding clip remover page 615 of OPGI catalog so yo have pic to know what you are looking for at parts store

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Post by Limey SE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:17 pm

the stud for the clip should be welded to body let me find a reference pic ( will be rear) but you will see what I mean

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:18 pm

Limey wrote:molding clip remover page 615 of OPGI catalog so yo have pic to know what you are looking for at parts store

you can buy the tool at a auto parts store.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:19 pm

alowerlevel wrote:Heres the A pillar trim Im worried about (in case I didnt describe it right) Its the piece inbetween the winshield trim and the driprail trim.


under the rubber there are screws that hold all 3 pieces on.((black chanel,chrome,pillar piece)

peal back the rubber carefully

you will see a black chanel,you should see screw heads.
might be 3 or 4 of them,cant'remember.

hope this helps.
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Post by alowerlevel on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:21 pm

Oh if thats all it is Ive got atleast one of them here some where. So it should just pop off and thats it? Thanks for answering my questions, Im still new to the G3's and dont want to screw anything up cause parts for these arent exactly plentiful around here. If this was a 64-72 car Id be done already, lol.
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Post by alowerlevel on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:23 pm

1973 454 MONTE wrote:under the rubber there are screws that hold all 3 pieces on.((black chanel,chrome,pillar piece)

peal back the rubber carefully

you will see a black chanel,you should see screw heads.
might be 3 or 4 of them,cant'remember.

hope this helps.

Thanks alot Ill have to look at it tomorrow.
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Post by Limey SE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:26 pm




similar to this but with out the plstci clip it will be a lil stud that hold it in

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:13 pm

Heres what it looks like without the pillar vinyl peice.



heres a picture without paint

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Post by Limey SE on Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:33 pm

O OK i thought he wanted the trim on the sheild removed i didnt see that part was going back forth in chat room with HANS

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Post by alowerlevel on Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:48 am

1973 454 MONTE thanks for those pics. You wouldnt happen to have a close up like that with the windows and other trim installed would you? Does it look like there is something missing there or does it look fine? Thanks again.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:57 am

GM made 2 different peices for the pillar.
one peice has grain (for full vinyl)

one peice has no grain (landau or no vinyl)

they fit the same way,and you have to use one or the other.or there is a gap between the w-s chrome trim and the chrome rain gutter.
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Post by alowerlevel on Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:23 pm

Ok so I need to find the trim from a non-vinyl top car then? Should be fun trying to find them Head Bang
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