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Old 01-15-2009, 11:17 AM
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Side Molding Install

Hey,
Can anyone tell me where I can find a Templete to install side molding on a 1965 Chevy short wide truck, or any other idea?
I have purchased the new molding, but since the truck has been painted & another bed installed, no holes exist.
Thanks for your help.
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Wide?

I have never heard of the "wide" thing.
I have a short Fleetside, and there are short "Step Sides" but I have never heard about the "wide".
If the holes have been filled,my guess is they just used bondo to do it. Very few folks take the time to actually fill the holes with metal.
IF whoever filled the holes did it right and used metal then what I am going to say will be worthless.
Take a "carpenters stud finder" and start at a spot where you THINK the row of holes might be and just start inch by inch.
Where the bondo is will not be magnetic, and the stud finder will let you know.
After you find a couple you will see the pattern.
Whoever filled the holes in my truck used bondo, and it swells and you can see the holes all the way down the side of the truck. Same thing where about 4 different mirror mounts have be drilled and filled.
It will ALL come out and be filled the right way pretty soon.
I have never seen the OEM chome trim in person so I do not know if the stuff has studs on the strips, or if the clips go on the body, and the chrome snaps on. The latter is my guess because that's how most stuff was done back then.
If it's clips....I think the only thing that matters is you get it all in a straight line, and it'll clip on...I could be wrong about that.
You might also consider using "mounting tape".
A lot of trim is mounted with it these days.
3M makes a VHB (very high bond) and we have built whole trailers that are smooth, and no rivits. You have to beat the sheet metal off with a big knife and a heavy hammer.
I'll bet martinsr will be on here and he will have you answer!
Let me know how it goes for ya!
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Why in the world would you want to drill holes in the side of a freshly painted vehicle? With all the modern adhesives out today just use the tape that is designed for this use. Just about every OEM auto today has glued on side moldings.

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