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bcovey 02-22-2010 04:33 PM

1963 galaxie trim removal
Can any one tell me the best way to remove exterior trim from 1963 galaxie.

timothale 02-23-2010 07:10 AM

I 'm not sure if they used weld studs or push in metal grasshopper clips. Most moldings use a threaded stud at the ends Best to remove the interior panels as necessary . If you have the metal push in clips you need to squeeze the legs in, a small socket on a 1/4 hand driver sometinmes works or weld a piece of tubing to the end of an old screwdriver at 90 degrees to compress the legs to the same size as the drilled holes. then push out the legs with a piece of rod thru the tube. . For weld stud clips when you get the end nuts off gently pull the molding away from the body and a slight twist. use a plastic bondo spreader to work under the bottom edge to lift the molding. Most Ford moldings were designed with more curl (grip) under the top edge. Moldings that use metal clips have a wide spot under neath where the clip was inserted then slid to the mark on the assembley fixture to align with the holes. Most slide better one way than the other. ( 15 years as a Ford Engineer. a few in trim and elect).

bcovey 02-23-2010 10:44 AM

1963 galaxie trim removal
Thanks for the information, How about the trim around the rear glass? This is a 631/2 fast back.

timothale 02-23-2010 01:38 PM

I sold mine in 66, but I think it is like later models with an H shaped weatherstrip , the molding was held in with clips over weld studs.... to prevent damage to paint you can apply a strip of masking tape. then use a putty knife, about1 inch wide works for me . start on the body metal side and pry a little to see where the clip is located and pry up gently, Usually start at the end of the overlap piece.. the first clip is usually a couple of inches from the joint. sometimes you have to work 2 spots at a time. If you have a pick your own part wrecking yard go and practice . some of the clips are different collors. have different shapes for different size moldings. If you break the weld studs the factory repair was to use a small drill point screw near the location. Screws used for metal wall studs work pretty good, pan head style.

Bill Peasley 09-17-2013 10:50 AM

63 Galaxie top rail chrome

Originally Posted by bcovey (Post 1233637)
Can any one tell me the best way to remove exterior trim from 1963 galaxie.

can anyone tell me how to remove the outside chrome on the top rail of a 63 fastback. do I need to do this to replace top rail weather strip? If not, what the heck do I need to do, help.

timothale 09-17-2013 12:11 PM

If I remember right the trim piece was screwed in place then the weather strip installed. I don't know if they used adhesive also.

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