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  • '53 champion chrome removal HELP!

    Hi, we are beginning preparations for paint and rechrome on this car and can not figure out how to remove the belt line moulding from below the windshield. I know abot the screw at the door , but do not know how else nor wher it is attached. I have a great desire to do this car right, so any info would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Wolfie
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    quote:Originally posted by wolfie

    Hi, we are beginning preparations for paint and rechrome on this car and can not figure out how to remove the belt line moulding from below the windshield. I know abot the screw at the door , but do not know how else nor wher it is attached. I have a great desire to do this car right, so any info would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Wolfie
    On the early C-K's the outer cowl molds have a screw (like you said) on the end and a stude going through the cowl next to the wiper transmission. But I don't remember if it takes a 3/8" or an 11/32" wrench. The center mold has 4 of these studs. You will need to be able to move the wiper arms in order to access all the nuts. (wipers in the parked position to get to the nuts holding the center piece on and the wipers in the out position to get to the ones on the short pieces.
    When you put them back on, get some later model fasteners. With them you don't have to get up under the dash. You just pop the little springy like well nuts into the holes and push the studs down into them. Also using the later method the molding nuts don't get over tightened and deform the molding like so many of them are.
    And remember, use a fair anount of DumDum (strip calk) or your floor board will get wet everytime it rains.

    Jerry Forrester
    Douglasville, Georgia
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    for your shiny Stude stuff

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    Jerry Forrester
    Forrester's Chrome
    Douglasville, Georgia

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    • #3
      Its a 3/8, use a nut driver. When you replace the belt molding, make certain that there are fairly heavy rubber washers on the outside of the car, sealing the hole. Else you will find rain on your right ankle. I guess Jerry covered that.

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      Tom Bredehoft
      '53 Commander Coupe
      '55 President State Sedan (Under Construction)
      '60 Lark VI (Sold, delivery in early Jan.)
      '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
      All Indiana built cars

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      • #4
        Thanks to all!! I am prepared for the body shop now!I will probably have more questions when he actually starts body dissasembly(Supposedly tommorrow(again).
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        • #5
          The seals for the cowl are available but, as Jerry indicated, Dumdum may actually be a better seal.
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          '33 Rockne 10,
          '51 Commander Starlight,
          '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
          '56 Sky Hawk

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