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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-05-14 2:22 PM (#598264)
Subject: Unibody FL wagon roof racks



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How rare and valuable are roof racks for the 1960 to 1964 wagons? How to they mount to the roof? Do they replace the roof trim (if present on the car) or mount over any existing trim. Any details are appreciated.

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NicksGarage
Posted 2020-05-14 2:49 PM (#598267 - in reply to #598264)
Subject: Re: Unibody FL wagon roof racks



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One in nice shape is worth something as people like to add them on. According to the accessory catalog, they install "in a matter of minutes". And doesn't require additional reinforcements. They install over the roof ridge and the top trim. I'd assume you'd have to drill through the top trim and some wagons don't have the top trim. I don't know if they use the same holes as the roof trim clips. I have the roof trim off of my wagon as I'm replacing one of the strips and putting new grab handles on the back. Mine doesn't have a rack. Supposedly you couldn't get the roof rack as a factory installed option on the 1960 Chrysler wagons and it would have had to been dealer installed. I don't know if that's 1960 only or other years.




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jboymechanic
Posted 2020-05-14 5:01 PM (#598276 - in reply to #598264)
Subject: Re: Unibody FL wagon roof racks



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Nick, are you replacing existing grab handles or were yours missing? My car is a driver so I’d be interested in you “old” grab handles if you have some.

Thanks for the roof rack info.

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Space Trukin Wagon
Posted 2020-05-14 8:05 PM (#598282 - in reply to #598276)
Subject: Re: Unibody FL wagon roof racks



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Jon,

That page posted by NicksGarage is the one from the 1960 accessories manual that I was referring too.

Considering the roof rack was a $106.30 option may explain why it's not installed / seen on that many wagons originally
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NicksGarage
Posted 2020-05-15 11:35 AM (#598314 - in reply to #598276)
Subject: Re: Unibody FL wagon roof racks



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jboymechanic - 2020-05-14 2:01 PM

Nick, are you replacing existing grab handles or were yours missing? My car is a driver so I’d be interested in you “old” grab handles if you have some.

Thanks for the roof rack info.


I'm replacing them with NOS ones I got. My old ones are very pitted.




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NicksGarage
Posted 2020-05-15 11:37 AM (#598315 - in reply to #598282)
Subject: Re: Unibody FL wagon roof racks



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Space Trukin Wagon - 2020-05-14 5:05 PM

Jon,

That page posted by NicksGarage is the one from the 1960 accessories manual that I was referring too.

Considering the roof rack was a $106.30 option may explain why it's not installed / seen on that many wagons originally


It would be cool to see the installation instructions that came with the rack kit.
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NicksGarage
Posted 2020-06-02 5:08 PM (#599129 - in reply to #598264)
Subject: Re: Unibody FL wagon roof racks



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Does anyone have pictures of how the rack installs if someone wanted to add one to their car? are the roof moldings cut off and the original holes used for mounting?
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