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big m
Posted 2019-07-01 6:52 PM (#584311 - in reply to #561778)
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58Jackie
Posted 2019-07-25 1:25 PM (#585224 - in reply to #561778)
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So I did more adjusting on that trunk latch, finally got it adjusted correctly. Apparently, I wasn't loosening the screws up enough, so that was the problem why it wasn't adjusting. Glad I didn't have to elongate the holes. I'm amazed at how well it turned out compared to how bad it was before. It shuts so nicely and easily now, even better than my daily driver! You can just push down on it and it clicks closed.
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58Jackie
Posted 2019-07-29 12:41 AM (#585344 - in reply to #561778)
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So I need to know the correct stock wheel size. I'm planning on putting aftermarket wheels on my car soon, on the front I'm putting on the exact stock wheel size. The current tires that are mounted on my car are from the 70s, so it was in the days before tire manufacturers printed the tire size on them.
Can someone please go look at their car's tire dimensions for me? That's what I'm after here, the dimensions that are printed on the tire sidewall. Thanks.
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Posted 2019-07-29 1:46 AM (#585347 - in reply to #585344)
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58Jackie - 2019-07-28 9:41 PM The current tires that are mounted on my car are from the 70s, so it was in the days before tire manufacturers printed the tire size on them.


What are you talking about? Even in the 50's there were tire sizes marked on the tire. Just not the way they are today.


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58Jackie
Posted 2019-07-29 2:18 AM (#585348 - in reply to #585347)
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What I meant was that it only gives a letter-number- 14 on the tire. Now they give you all the info size you need printed on it. I wasn't around in the 70s when tires were like that so I had no idea of how to convert it to todays tire sizing.
Thanks for the conversion chart.
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58Jackie
Posted 2019-09-09 12:33 AM (#587283 - in reply to #561778)
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So I got some progress done to her, I dug out a couple pieces of trim that wasn't on my car and installed them, mainly the side trim. It makes her look more like a Belvedere should now, so I'm happy about that.
I didn't have the factory clips for the trim, so I fabricated new ones. For the restorers out there, here is a friendly tip/solution to when you don't have the factory trim wire clips.

I used a simple fender washer (same diameter as trim), flat head fine thread screw and nut. One of the more important things is to make sure its a low profile/flat head screw that you can find or else it'll never fit into the gap provided on the trim where the clip goes. Also get an assortment of washers to see which one fits the best. For the screw, I used ones that were slightly smaller than the holes to allow for adjustability.

I then attached the screw to the inside of the washer and slid it onto the trim. It fits tightly so I recommend using some lube while sliding the new fabricated clip onto the trim; I learned this the hard way when getting the clip stuck. It then slides around easily, a nice thing when getting it aligned on the car. The biggest pain with these is getting the nut on the backside, but you can do it with patience. Once tightened down the clip will no longer slide around and the trim will be very secure. Compared to the factory clips, this actually holds the trim much more firmly onto the car. I noticed a little bit of wiggle/looseness with the trim that's held on with the factory clips.

Again, just a hopefully helpful piece of info for the restorers out there.

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mstrug
Posted 2019-09-09 5:06 AM (#587289 - in reply to #561778)
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Hi Jackie; There are clips out there with threaded studs. Those spring clips were used at the factory for easy of assembly. There may be some you won't be able to get a nut on and the spring clip will work there, a new one won't be as brittle or loose as 60 year old clips. Marc.



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58Jackie
Posted 2019-09-11 1:01 AM (#587357 - in reply to #587289)
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mstrug - 2019-09-09 4:06 AM

Hi Jackie; There are clips out there with threaded studs. Those spring clips were used at the factory for easy of assembly. There may be some you won't be able to get a nut on and the spring clip will work there, a new one won't be as brittle or loose as 60 year old clips. Marc.


Where did you find those threaded clips at Marc?
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mstrug
Posted 2019-09-11 6:54 AM (#587363 - in reply to #561778)
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Here are a few:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=si...

https://www.auveco.com/chrysler

https://www.google.com/search?q=BODY+SIDE+CLIPS+NUTS+AUVECO&client=f...

https://www.clipsandfasteners.com/automotive-clips-s/219.htm?searchi...

https://www.clipsandfasteners.com/Fasteners-s/90.htm?searching=Y&sor...

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mstrug
Posted 2019-09-11 7:12 AM (#587364 - in reply to #561778)
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https://www.bresco.com/

https://www.vintagepartsource.com/bodytrim.htm

http://www.allensfasteners.com/search_results.asp?iLevel=2&subcat=3...

http://www.hillcofasteners.com/cat/Automotive-Clips-and-Fasteners/U...

https://www.macsautoparts.com/ford_mercury_passenger/universal-mould...

https://cliphouse.com/clipsandfassteners.aspx

https://www.autofastco.net/universal_mldg_fasteners.html

https://www.oreillyauto.com/search?q=universal+clip+moulding

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=10433556&jsn=14&_nck=Ekt...

https://www.rockauto.com/en/tools/body,retainer+/+clip,molding+retai...

https://www.zoro.com/auto-body-doctor-molding-clip-chrysler-10-24x34...

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