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I recently had my windshield replaced with a '92 model year winshield (without the chrome-strip embedded in it). I think it looks much better. After looking at some pre '86 240 Turbo wagons on the Southern Cal. VCOA chapter, I noticed that those wagons' body-trim pieces and gutters had none of the chrome that's everywhere on my car -1990. <p>The question is: Can these trim pieces and gutters have the chrome removed cleanly or is it a matter of replacing them with all black trim throughout the car?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... (spokanite69)

You can't easily remove the chrome from the trim. For the rain gutters, I suggest removing the trim completely. I didn't like the chrome rain gutter trim and I didn't like how it trapped dirt and leaves, so I took it all off. It's attached to a metal rain gutter that is painted just like the rest of the car, so it looks fine when you take the trim off. You have to carefully pry the trim off. Start from the underside because you may need to use a screwdriver.<p>I'm not sure that the trim above the bumpers could easily be changed to the all black turbo trim. I think it might be a little thinner, so it may mount higher and leave a gap between the bumper and trim. I haven't tried it, so I'm definitely not sure of this.<p>You can easily paint the chrome trim above the headlights and turn signals. I used a flexible bumper paint because it dries to a nice matte black finish and I'm hoping it will resist chips better because it's designed to flex on plastic bumpers. To remove the trim, you have to slide the headlights forward. Remove the three 10mm nuts per headlight, remove the plug to the headlight bulb, and slide the whole thing forward. Then there are just 3 screws holding on the two pieces of trim on each side.
 

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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... (towerymt)

Towerymt,<p>Thanks for the info. Too bad, because the pre '86 trim & body contrasts are really nice looking. Any pics on your website showing the results of your painted headlight trim? This is what 'George' was talking about doing to the 240 project car, right?<p>Thanks again.<p>Brian
 

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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... (spokanite69)

Michael, have you tried replacing the windshield trim? All of my window trim is black except for the windshield. I was wondering if I can just swap it out.<p>I'm also thining of trying the vinyl tape thing on the bumpers. We'll see how that goes.
 

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The chrome trim is held on by clips that are hooked on the windshield at the time of installation, making them nearly impossible to replace w/o pulling the windshield. Because of this, I don't think you could take an all-black trim piece of an older turbo and expect it to stay on for long without some new clips.<p>The '91-'93 style flush mount trim is an integral part of the windshield installation, so again you can't just put it on.<p>I don't have any pictures up that show my black headlight trim, and I'm having issues with my scanner (everything turns out RED). I may get a used scanner soon, so as soon as I can scan pictures again, I'll shoot a roll of film and get them uploaded.
 

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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... (towerymt)

On my car I want to remove the chrome trim and fill in the gap with clear urethane caulk. This probably won't look too attractive, so maybe I could cover the bead of caulk with some black vinyl tape. Either way, it's got to be better than having the trim flap in the breeze as it does now. This will hold me over until the day when my windshield needs to be replaced so I can get the flush mount trim.
 

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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... (towerymt)

Darn it, I wish I would have read this a month ago. My windshield was replaced. Maybe I can try to tuck some vinyl tape into the seal or something.
 

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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... ([email protected])

Here's a close-up of the '91 winshield without the chrome strip. Had this installed on my '90 wagon this summer.<p>Brian<br> <A HREF="http://community.webshots.com/user/spokanite69" TARGET="_blank">3 PICS</A> <p><br>[Modified by spokanite69, 7:48 PM 9-23-2002]<BR><BR>
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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... (spokanite69)

That looks great. I wish I'd have thought of that when I had my windshield replaced. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsad.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I just got a big chip in my windshield this week. If my insurance was full covereage, I'd be out there right now making it into a crack. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> I guess I'll wait until it spreads before I get it replaced. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"><p>BTW, George, I saw your car on Wednesday. The hood looks great with the respray, and I like how the grille looks with the painted rim, but it looked a little loose on the bottom.
 

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Re: Pre '86 trim Vs. Post 86 trim... (towerymt)

The grille is kind of screwed up right now, but I'm not bothering to fix it until I get a new chrome frame. The painted frame doesn't look all that hot. I'm validated now though as the new R models have inset grills <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> .<p>Thanks on the hood, now I just need to get the rest of it resprayed. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"><p>BTW, wanna turn that chip into a crack? Wait until the weather gets cold and park the car in the sun. Then spray a cold hose on it.
 
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