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Hardtop Gutter Trim Installation

Discussion in 'Modified Alpine' started by donchiotos, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. donchiotos

    donchiotos Gold Level Sponsor

    I am having a real issue with the installation of the gutter trim on my 66 Alpine. I cannot get it to snap into place. I align the chrome trim to the hardtop. Them put the top in first and try and push the trim down, to hopefully snap it into place. It never snaps into place! I even tried to use a rubber hammer to tap the trim into place. I even tried to put oil on the hardtop gutter and trim. Still not going in place. Has anyone else had problems getting the trim to fit? Any ideas what I should try?
  2. sunalp

    sunalp Platinum Level Sponsor

    I had the same issues. They do eventually go on, but it's not a walk in the park.
    TimR on the forum has a video on this installation. Very worthwhile to watch.
    You'll find it in the "how to" section.
  3. 65beam

    65beam Bronze Level Sponsor

    It's a problem with all late hard tops. The trim tends to twist and distort as you remove it. The last hard top I had restored was the one on the green car and when Doug started to install the trim I decided to go to the house rather than watch him installing it.
  4. hartmandm

    hartmandm Moderator Platinum Level Sponsor

  5. mikephillips

    mikephillips Donation Time

    I found it easiest on the couple I've done to start at the bend over the top quarter windows and work outward from there. I did bend the bit there that tucks under open a touch to avoid it scratching the paint then tapped it back in place once pushed into final position. Doing this you have the ability to twist each end a bit if needed as you work it over the flange.

    PROCRAFT Gold Level Sponsor

    It's a pain to install, if I ever have another hardtop, I'd leave them off!

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