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justgota65
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posted 11-24-2001 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for justgota65   Click Here to Email justgota65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What type of clips hold on the chrome rocker trim on the bottom og a 65?

I can feel a nut end by the fender and by the quarter, but what is in the center? I dont want to start prying on them to get them off if there is an easy way.

Ron

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Moneymaker
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posted 11-24-2001 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are snap clips Ron. The snap clips are screwed to the body. You can carefully pop the rocker molding off one clip at a time.

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Boss Hoss
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posted 11-24-2001 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss Hoss   Click Here to Email Boss Hoss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alex is correct...they are snap-type clips. The rocker trim was simply pushed onto the car at the factory.

You can GENTLY pry the rocker trim from the body as Alex suggested, but I didn't do it this way because I was afraid of damaging my paint and/or bending the rocker trim.

What I did was slide the rocker trim off. Here's how I did it:
First, remove the nut you found inside the wheel wells at each end of the rocker trim. When you remove the nut, the end clip that the nut was screwed onto should become very loose (these clips hold down each end of the trim). Use the stud that the nut came off as a "handle" to turn the end clip so that you can manipulate the end of the rocker trim away from the clip. You might have to GENTLY hold the end of the rocker piece away from the car in order to do this. You MUST free the end clips from each end of the rocker trim piece before you can proceed. After you do this, you are ready to remove the entire rocker trim piece. You will have to slide the trim toward the REAR of the car, because the front fender lip prevents you from sliding it forward. If you have hubcaps, you might have to take them off the rear wheels to give yourself some sliding room. Now, beware! The rocker trim piece is gonna want to stay where it is, but just keeping tugging firmly (but gently) and the piece will start to slide off, toward the rear of the car. You might want to spray a little WD-40 behind the rocker trim piece to lubricate it. Once the trim piece starts to slide, it might even drop off of the car before you get all the way to the end. Just be careful while you slide, and make sure you keep an eye on each end of the trim piece so you can steer it away from anything you might run into! Good Luck!

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*andy* ([email protected])

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*1965 Mustang 289 coupe*
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Boss Hoss
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posted 11-24-2001 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss Hoss   Click Here to Email Boss Hoss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Moneymaker:
The snap clips are screwed to the body.

Strange! Actually, the snap clips on my car are riveted in place. Only the body clip closest to the front fender is screwed onto my car. I wonder why they did it this way?

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*andy* ([email protected])

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*1965 Mustang 289 coupe*
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Harrys'65
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posted 11-24-2001 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harrys'65   Click Here to Email Harrys'65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andy,
I am not sure about from the factory, but the aftermarket molding clips come with rivets. I just put some on in July, and I used rivets. The front and rear are screws/nuts on the aftermarket.
As for Ron......take your time. The aftermarket ones are TIGHT! I had a hell of a time pushing mine over the clips. I have never tried Andy's suggested slide method, but it has to be easier than prying them. I would use 2 people...
Best of luck, let us know how they come off.

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mellowyellow
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posted 11-24-2001 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Always try to use the originals. Good ol' Ford used tough rivets to drill out to remove clips for paint. Anyone used repo rocker mldgs with success including 68?? Have never used them to date but I have repops for my current 68 project.

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justgota65
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posted 11-24-2001 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for justgota65   Click Here to Email justgota65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great. I figured there would be a good way to pull these off.

the last owner painted them black... (nice huh?) gunna try to get the paint off. if not.. new trim :-)

Ron

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Ron
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