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Old 09-24-2012, 09:19 AM
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Getting ready to start the interior in the Chevelle. As far as the trunk is concerned this is what I'm looking to do. What do they use for the chrome strip. Something like the 3m D self adhesive strip or something else? How did they finish off the ends? Thanks for the help.


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Old 09-24-2012, 11:27 AM
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I am no pro interior guy but there is no way I would use that AM rubber chrome moulding. I would find a real stainless moulding that would work. Finding this moulding may not be easy, you may need to put off that part of the project for a few months of swap meet and wrecking yard hunts. You know, funny thing is I have one! It just hit me I have a couple of extra door panels for the 65 Skylark that have a chrome strip about 40 inches long. They are straight, with a pointed end and about 1/4" tall. Does that sound like something you could use?

I know one time years ago I picked up a couple of worn out 50 Chevy Belair door panels and pulled all the chrome off them and there was a bunch! I have all that chrome tied together sitting out in my shed awaiting my truck project.

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Those are polished aluminum strips, or billet aluminum strips, and no pro would try to use that self adhesive stuff on a custom interior, 'cuz it would be tough to get it to look smooth and straight, or keep it attached.
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Brian: Here's some custom '53 chevy door panels using the original chrome.
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Very cool Dan, that is exactly what I am looking for when I do my truck. I am so damn excited to get to work on it. I want this Gran Sport to be DONE, it's close. Thanks to you it's close!

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Brian I would need more than that but thank you for offering.

Dan Polished Stainless or Aluminum Rod no problem. How it attached? Glue?

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The best way would be to tap holes in the back of the stainless or aluminum strip and bolt it down.
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Or drill it and tap it with a fine little machine thread and then put a stud. That stud would slip thru the panel and then a nut on the back.

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Heres how I do mine. I buy aluminum round edge flat bar, rip it down the middle and use each half as trim. 1/4" wide I drill and use tiny sheetmetal screws, 3/8" wide I drill and tap and use machine screws. After I make it up I polish, but you could finish it however you want.

Clayton Machine Works sells premade trim in I think 3 and 6ft pieces. Just drill your mounting holes. But compared to making it yourself it can get pricey.



Heres 1/4" trim polished and installed
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If you can use straight pieces of trim 35 and 36 ford hood trim is fairly inexpensive. The 35 is a little thinner than the 36 and comes 8 pieces to a set. I used 36 which is a little wider and comes 6 pieces to a set.

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Heres how I do mine. I buy aluminum round edge flat bar, rip it down the middle and use each half as trim. 1/4" wide I drill and use tiny sheetmetal screws, 3/8" wide I drill and tap and use machine screws. After I make it up I polish, but you could finish it however you want.

Clayton Machine Works sells premade trim in I think 3 and 6ft pieces. Just drill your mounting holes. But compared to making it yourself it can get pricey.



Heres 1/4" trim polished and installed
Your solution is the best and cheapest alternative, but........a lot of people can't rip the aluminum, and Clayton Machine Works doesn't even offer a simple straight piece of rounded trim like you are making. As far as I know, there is no supplier that does, and I have looked everywhere.
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INTERIOR ALUMINUM TRIM, SMOOTH, 6'

Clayton machine works trim. Doesnt have a full round edge, the top is slightly flat or one style its grooved.

Dans right, no one makes any with a full round edge. Youll have to fabricate it your self, and its no where near as easy as pulling it off a roll. Thats why someone probably got payed a lot to do that trunk. Takes me hours to make one little 3ft piece. I have heard of guys taking 1/4" or 3/8" square bar and having a machine shop round over the edges.
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Thank you guys that is exactly what I was looking for.

crsweet91 what did you use for the speaker mesh. Where did you get it. I have seen various types at mcmaster but not sure which one to get.

The door panel in your profile picture is somewhat the style I will be doing. yours looks fantastic.
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Thank you guys that is exactly what I was looking for.

crsweet91 what did you use for the speaker mesh. Where did you get it. I have seen various types at mcmaster but not sure which one to get.

The door panel in your profile picture is somewhat the style I will be doing. yours looks fantastic.
Online metals is where I pick up the flat bar to make trim and perforated stainless. I like the .625 stuff, Holes are around 1/16". Mcmaster carr carries the same stuff and more. I think they have mesh, regular perforated and honeycomb perforated, all would work just depends on what look you want.
http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant...ep=2&top_cat=1

Whatever one you choose make sure to glue speaker cloth to the backside of the panel. This will keep you from seeing the speakers behind the grille material.
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What thickness landau foam would work best. 3/16"?

The car will have leather for the seats and matching vinyl for the door panels and trunk. What about the headliner. I found a place that will make the headliner in the same matching vinyl as the door panels. Is that what I want to do or go with a factory style headliner? Hope that made sense.

Here are the arm rests I shaped out of MDF. How do I attach them to the door panels? Was thinking of making a L shaped bracket that would fit in a slot in the door when installing the door panel. Somewhat like on newer cars.

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