I bought the hardware to hang visors....and I guess I will use my existing glass stuff....just needs a dent here and there fixed as well as a good buffingHi Herb,
I salvaged the stainless all around the windshield and the trim that runs around the back of the seats and across the doors. They all polished up nice. Took a bit of work but it was worth it. There are really good threads by Larry (IH2LOSE) and John McGraw as well as others on technique and materials needed. I bought new cove stainless and the fasteners. They fit very well from Paragon. I did have to grind one piece where it meets the front bumper to get a good fit. I would try to identify the good fastener holes from your cove moulding by referencing photos from other projects. They seem to vary as to where they are drilled in reference to the "edge" that defines the cove.
FYI: When I had a new windshield installed in the frame I found small dimples on the top mid section of the stainless where they must have used a rubber mallet to hammer it in. Most of them were covered by the new visors I installed
yikesI helped reassemble a 57 Chev 2dr hardtop some years ago. The owner bought a truck load of new stainless bits and was going to toss the original stuff but my buddy (who was doing the restoration) convinced him to hang onto it... just in case.
Every bit of new stuff was either completely wrong or partially wrong. Nothing fit. It would have been more work to make the new stuff fit than it was to fix the old stuff. The only things he ended up using the new stuff for were a couple of odds and ends. I'm sure there are manufacturers who produce better quality bits but they're the exception.
According to my buddy, a big part of the problem is the quality control at the time wasn't great so the variation between cars could be remarkable. As a result, the guys installing the stainless tweaked it to fit the car. If you don't know how to tweak it, you're fighting an up-hill battle and the newer stainless isn't made of the same material so it doesn't hold the "tweak" as well as the old stuff did.
Mark, thank you for the very kind offer. I know of the "bricks" you are talking about and perhaps I will go that route after all myself. I am getting some new pieces. Since the car is at the body shop, we are fitting all of the pieces up before we take it to paint. That way if we need to build out any areas to meet up with the trim pieces it will be fine.Herb,
I too like Barry have a 65 not a C1 but I started out buying a complete set of windshield trim from LIC. The packaging did say Paragon however.
The trim wouldn't stay in place with the clips because the angle of the return on the trim that hooks onto the clip was closed to much. I called Paragon and told them the problem and they said they haven't had any other complaints and were very nice about it. I called LIC and asked them and got the good old LIC response that I was full of sh*t. But they did agree to take it back with a restocking charge because it was over 30 days. I sent it back with a sketch of what was incorrect with the trim and actually received a full refund because they saw my sketch and understood what I meant and agreed with me.
After posting this story last year I received a reply from an awesome fellow Massachusetts Corvette Forum member who had a set from a prevoiusly owned 65 that he had replaced the trim on and said he would give me his old trim and refused any $$ (Ralph I still owe you lunch). To make a long story short, I purchased a buffing wheel for my bench grinder and bought two bricks of stainless polishing compound (coarse and smooth) and they came out looking like new with the exception of a few dents I made trying to get the clips to hold.
I would be more than happy to send you NC a hunk of each to try.
If you want email me at A353@aol.com
Yup! Interestingly enough, those wide tolerances make things easier to work on but much harder to "perfect" if you've got perfectionist tendencies.yikes
Nope. How about you? I'm in White Rock rather than Vancouver. I put Vancouver in my profile because not too many folks outside of the region recognize WR.Mac, are you a member of the BCCC by any chance?