After seeing the quality of the fitment on the reproduction window trim, I decided to clean up and replace the missing original trim with all original parts. I was only missing one side part, but the rest was also pretty banged up. I had the same local polish shop that did my rear window trim clean up the front. The end result was better than new.
Since I didn’t trust myself with the trim after spending more than a couple of bucks on restoring them, I called the glass installer back to take off the reproduction parts and install the originals. The difference was night and day, and the job was a lot faster too.
Here you can see the before and after of the front left window corner. This is the part the driver will see most often when getting in the car.
With the reproduction, I could fit my finger under the trim. With the originals, the lines are even and it sets in the recess perfectly. You can even see a little imperfection on the body itself with a slight wave in the roof line.
Here is the center lower view before.
And with the original trim installed.
Here is the driver pillar with the original trim. The gap is uniform along the entire length. Also, the bend on the lower piece fits perfect into the riser, with no gap in the corner.
I look a the trim and I think if I would be OK with the reproduction if I was just trying to get things put back together. In the end, the original parts cost close to the same as the reproduction if you know how to find them. The real cost was in getting the dings out and having them polished to perfection. Even if I wasn’t putting this much time into perfecting my car, I would still find originals before buying the reproductions again.
2 thoughts on “Back to Original Window Trim”
I’ve got the same issue with my windshield trim. I have one repo piece that fits terrible. Original is a little bent on the backside, so I need a shop that can straighten/polish trim. Originals will always be better when you can find them.
Who is your polish shop?
I’m in Oregon and might call them up. Used a Guy in Eugene, OR in 2008, but pretty sure he passed.
I’ve owned my 67 since 98. Did a good resto in 2001, now I’m fixing the things I skimped on the first time. Borgsen PS, better brakes suspension, and now perfecting the trim.
Liked your article on quarter trim too. I chromed mine 20 years ago, but now the chrome is peeling. They say chrome doesn’t stick well to all pot metals.
I used Ketchum Metal Polishing in Arlington, WA. They were able to do a great job. I also found my missing original piece at Rick’s Pony Parts in Stanwood. He has a lot of original pieces if you need anything, not just trim.