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Hey all, I am running into a slight issue with the rear window trim on my 1966 belair. I have an original set that I believe came from a 4-door car. It looks very much like it will fit until I try to screw it in place. For one, there are 11 screw holes around the trim. My car only had about 6. Not a real issue. The real issue is that the holes seem almost 90 degrees off of where they need to be. Does anyone have any ideas? I will post pictures later. The angle also seems about a hair off, but could still work. Hard to push on the 50 year old plastic. makes me real nervous. 

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James



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Here are a few pictures of the car. Not sure if this trim is 100%correct. Appears to closely fit. I do not mind drilling more holes, just want to make it pretty correct. 



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I would also like to thank my iphone for seeing fit to post the pictures upside down...



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That doesn't look anything like mine. I have a few '65 & '66 2 & 4 dr sedans and none have anything that looks like that.

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That doesn't look anything like mine. I have a few '65 & '66 2 & 4 dr sedans and none have anything that looks like that.


 Do you happen to have a picture of what it should look like? I am pretty certain mine came out of a 4 door impala. It was originally chrome and is plastic. There is an identical set on ebay with the same number of holes. 

It is almost exactly the same size as the rear window, just something off. 



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I checked my fisher book and it calls the trim"lace, back window finish escutcheon". Is the trim flexible like snap on wind lace or is this just a strange term fisher used? The same section of the book calls it a molding for impalas. 

Any one have a picture of the original stuff?

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James



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I'll take a pic of mine that is somewhat still intact in spots. It clips on and is a bit flexible and there are only a couple of screws to hold in place. '65-'66 are same except '66 has extra screws.

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So I have been trying to get the parts I have to work... It looks good on the inside, but throughly the rear glass not so much. I always hear the repop stuff is crap, but what are my options? Has anyone used the repop stuff? Chances of finding original? I think I am going to put the rear seats in and finish it out. I know the rear will come out when my seat belts come back. Maybe I can find an answer by then. Thanks James

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One of my '66 belair 4dr sedan larts cars had a rubber-like trim that fit quite well. I believe it was from a '67. Not correct shape or contours but it fit on the same and worked. I'm going to use it on one of my cars as the original stuff is hard to find in good usable shape. The repop stuff is junk and only available in black which was not an available belair/biscayne color in '65-'66. It is very similar to my '69 chevelle trim and so I suspect that might be what the repro guys are maybe trying to pass off which would explain maybe why it won't fit....but then again it might not fit the chevelle either.

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If it is repop....it is junk.....I will not put one on any car.....as they are that bad. I find originals and repaint them to look nice and new.

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Sorry I'm a little late to this but i disagree  on the 65-66 rear window trim being junk.I install it on my 65 and fits beautiful yes it dose come in black and i just had to paint it.You can see in the pics how it fits and these are the only pics i have right now. I hope this helps.

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That is great news.....from what parts supplier did you purchase your rear window trim. Glad to hear someone stepped up and made a good repop piece.

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Bisquik427 wrote:

Sorry I'm a little late to this but i disagree  on the 65-66 rear window trim being junk.I install it on my 65 and fits beautiful yes it dose come in black and i just had to paint it.You can see in the pics how it fits and these are the only pics i have right now. I hope this helps.

Dave



-- Edited by Bisquik427 on Wednesday 18th of May 2016 12:44:35 AM


 Dave, this is great to hear! Please share who you purchased from. There is a strange range of costs on this item and I worry about buying a lesser quality one.

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James



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I need 4 sets.

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That trim is available for both Pontiac and Chevrolet 65-66 sedans. I was lucky that the original pieces from my car were salvageable. They weren't perfect, but the repops are around $100 and come only in black. You also need the small connector that holds the two pieces together at the top of the back window.

I've found the trim available at the following vendors: Hubbard's Impala, Classic Industries, OPGI and Ames Performance. Some include the center cap other places either don't have it or it's bought separately.

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Well done.

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Interesting....wonder which one is best.

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Interesting....wonder which one is best.


 That is what I want to know as well! If they are even different at all.

Who has been happy with their purchase and from where?

 

James



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