69 GS convertible trim needed

Discussion in 'Parts wanted' started by Marcdbuilder, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    Hello to all.
    need the main trim piece that surrounds the opening the top drops into.
    The one the boot is supposed to clip on to. Mine was drilled for buttons at some
    point early in my cars life.

    Thank you. Marc.
  2. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have the two piece stainless molding from a 70-72. I do not know if 69 is the same.
  3. gsfred

    gsfred Founders Club Member

    Should have a set. Will check tomorrow.
  4. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    Very much appreciated.
  5. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    I believe what you are looking is the pinchweld molding?
  6. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    That sounds like a correct description. Two pieces. Comes together at the center of the trunk.
    Male to female connection (slight bump ) for lack of a better wording?
  7. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

  8. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    That is it. Couldn't have imagined reproductions were available. Must fit more A body cars than just the GS.
    Thanks. I would still prefer originals if possible. A tougher than usual piece to ship for sure.
  9. Daves69

    Daves69 Too many cars too work on

  10. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

    It’s the same for all ‘68-‘72 A bodies EXCEPT stepchildren with the optional wide stainless on the tops of the doors and quarters. If your car has that then your pinchweld is wide at the quarterpanel ends like this (on Ted Nagel’s ‘68 GS)

  11. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    I don't have that quarter trim. But man that does look good.

    Has anyone here used the replacement trim? Car restoration is a very new endeavor for me, but I have been building new, and restoring historical homes my whole life. In my world, metal now is not the same as metal then. New stuff is a lot thinner. Stainless even more so.
    Thank you again. M.
  12. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    Thank you Patton.
  13. pglade

    pglade Well-Known Member

    Don't mean to "throw a wrench in the works" here and I may be getting ahead of myself but my buddy, as mentioned, would not use mine on his '72. That means one of two things.....1) They are different enough to cause a "fitment" problem....or....2) He was being overly "sensitive" and really could have used the part by just drilling a new screw holes for the tabs on the end of the trim pieces but didn't want to (he was a bit "nutty" when it came to some details on the car when he restored it).

    We'll see. Thanks

    EDIT AND ADD: Disregard my post here....my buddy WAS being overly sensitive from what I can tell...the trim is the same as a '70-72.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
  14. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    We are all a bit nutty or we wouldn't be doing this.
    Thanks again for the effort. I really appreciate the help.
    I am trying to learn all I can about this car.
  15. BuickV8Mike

    BuickV8Mike SD Buick Fan

    I have my trim off at the moment let me know if you need any specific photos of the ends.
  16. pglade

    pglade Well-Known Member

    OK - I'm a dumbass!! I was/am wrong when I made the statement above...

    Took the pinchweld trim I have here (68/9 Tempest-Lemans) and laid it over an installed set of pinchweld trim on a customer's '70 442 convert. Lengths are the same and the forward screw tabs are in the same spot on top of the QP and outer window sweepers. Looks like the same pieces. No difference in the profile, shape, etc.

    I deleted my first reply/misinformation above and added some info to my other reply above in case someone reads that later on and doesn't read further down (where my correction is here).

    I apologize for the confusion/wrong information. I'll pull my foot out of my mouth now. One of the guys above should have a nice original set if that's what you prefer. I've never had my hands on one of the repro trim sets so I can't comment on how they compare to the originals in terms of sharpness/definition, thickness, etc. A difference or two wouldn't surprise me given what we've all seen with many reproduction parts BUT I don't know for sure.

    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
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  17. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    Thanks again Patton. You are a man of integrity. I will definitely try to get an original set first.
    Best regards, Marc.
  18. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have a nice set hanging in my shop here in NC. I am presently under seige by Hurricane Florence. Also I see you may be on the west coast. Shipping would be comical for a box the size it would take. My suggestion is try to find a set on the west coast.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2018
  19. Marcdbuilder

    Marcdbuilder Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Best of luck.
  20. wheelz

    wheelz 'B' is for Buick.

    Marc, I beleive I have a set for ya in storage. I have shipped a few trims before and like Jim Lore said, its not cheap. HOWEVER, I have wrapped them in such a way and gotten away with the overall DIMENSIONAL weight issue. DO you want me to look into this??

    Wheelz, Tampa Bay

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