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Username Post: Removing fleetmaster trim 1947        (Topic#258928)
Sc17842 
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03-09-11 07:19 AM - Post#2058381    

Hello all, I am new to the site,and the chevy fleetmaster world. I just acquired a chevy fleetmaster from a friend of the family. I am the second owner, and the car is bone stock. The paint is horrible, but other then that it's just well loved. I am in the process of removing trim. I have removed the nuts on the trunk trim, but other parts appeared to ne attached to a bracket of some type which is screwed to the body. Can anyone help provide direction on how I go about removing the thin chrome trim from the doors b pillar rear doors and that huge u shaped piece?



 




David Hayward 
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03-09-11 10:23 AM - Post#2058496    
    In response to Sc17842

Welcome to Chevytalk! I wonder if this online manual may assist you:

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1942_47/...

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Sc17842 
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03-09-11 11:38 AM - Post#2058537    
    In response to David Hayward

This is a great reference, but doesn't really deal specifically with the removal of trim. I'm sure there is a tool or technique out there



 
Sawtooth0645 
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03-09-11 06:20 PM - Post#2058779    
    In response to Sc17842

I have a '48 Fleetmaster station wagon, and removed old dented trim that ran the length of the doors and below them. I had a bolt or screw at one end. The rest of the trim was held on by clip-like attachments. Once the bolt was removed, I slid the trim off of them. Not sure if the ones you have are like that.



 
Sc17842 
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03-09-11 06:54 PM - Post#2058817    
    In response to Sawtooth0645

So far I have been able to remove the end nuts, and they are loose, but i guess there are clips that are holding them in place. I am not able to slide the trim, and unsure how to "pop" it off the retainer clips without damage. The trim is in really good shape, so I am trying not to damage in any way



 
Sawtooth0645 
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03-11-11 02:11 AM - Post#2059563    
    In response to Sc17842

Don't "pop" them off. Maybe they can be loosened behind with a lubricant. Check these links to see what the clips may look like. These may help you see how to shift them or remove the trim.

http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb.dll?Parta~Part...

http://www.chevsofthe40s.com/dept/Car/cat/270C/Fen ...




 
Sawtooth0645 
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03-11-11 06:54 AM - Post#2059628    
    In response to Sawtooth0645

SC -
The first link I gave you didn't come up here on the page I found. You will have to go back a long ways to find it there. The 2nd link has the moulding clips at the bottom of the page. They can be turned a little in the slot, which could allow removal.



 
Sc17842 
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03-12-11 08:00 AM - Post#2060209    
    In response to David Hayward

Hi all,
I spent a bit of time yesterday and got the trim around all the windows off with no damage. The tools that I used were a flat head screwdriver 1/4 width, thin tip, and a pick. I inserted the pick at the corner of the trim, and pushed in just enough to separate from the body so I could get the tip of the screwdriver in. I worked the pic in on the opposite side of the screwdriver, and with a twisting motion on the screwdriver, popped the trim off. I did wrap the screwdriver tip with a thing electrical tape layer to help avoid any damage. I worked my way around all six sidenwindows with no issues. I would be more then happy to provide any pictures if needed. My next project will be tackling the thick straight trim on the side of the vehicle. The body clips on my vehicle are rusted badly behind the trim, which makes it hard to remove :0(. I will keep you all posted.



 
Sawtooth0645 
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03-12-11 09:28 PM - Post#2060599    
    In response to Sc17842

Plenty of replacement clips online. I'd replace rusty ones if they can't be cleaned up



 
historynw 
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03-14-11 11:30 PM - Post#2061801    
    In response to Sawtooth0645

If thats that long curve piece that sit at the top of the trunk under the window don't toss it. they are not reproduced. Mine was rusted we used rust converter and and were able to weld in a thin strip of metal in the channel to strengthen it. I then recoat the piece with a POR-15 product. We used newer clips to put the trim back on and it goes on hard. There is a post further down on finding clips they were good sources.

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Sc17842 
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03-22-11 05:19 PM - Post#2065635    
    In response to historynw

All the chrome is off. I used the same technique as stated above. I broke some of the clips on the long u shaped piece, but the chrome is perfect. Thank you all!



 
Sawtooth0645 
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03-22-11 09:42 PM - Post#2065762    
    In response to Sc17842

Good for you. Hope they all go back on smoothly.



 
Sc17842 
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03-27-11 05:00 PM - Post#2068178    
    In response to Sawtooth0645

Thank you sawtooth will let you know how I make out. FYI unsure how to respond back to you about the grille parts, but they are all from 47's please email me so I can send you photos



 
Keith_Knox 
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03-27-11 05:41 PM - Post#2068203    
    In response to Sc17842

Click on his name and you can start a privite topic and email him direct.

1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966
1962 Ranchero Purchased 4/2017 221 V8 Automatic
1996 Chevy Monte Carlo Donated 6/16
2013 F150 Crew Cab


 




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