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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 05-10-2017, 12:50 AM
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Didn't have to take the dash out of my 1967 GTV. The real problem was that the replacement trim I bought didn't fit correctly. I ended up taking the original trim to a guy who straightened it (after a glass guy bent it taking it out). I then had it polished.

The replacement trim can be made to fit, but it takes some work, which is why the new pieces are sitting in a dusty box in the attic of my garage instead of on the car.

Another note is that replacement trim isn't always finished the same as the original trim, which was anodized in a way that is tough to do in the U.S. these days.

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10-4 on the look but in 45 years I suspect my replacement trim will look pretty close to the original trim. The first trim I got from the UK didn't fit either, there was just no way. I took photos documenting the problem and even though it was over a year later they sent me replacement trim at no cost to me including shipping that fit perfectly.

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10-4 on the look but in 45 years I suspect my replacement trim will look pretty close to the original trim. The first trim I got from the UK didn't fit either, there was just no way. I took photos documenting the problem and even though it was over a year later they sent me replacement trim at no cost to me including shipping that fit perfectly.
My car's factory trim was polished and "bright anodized." I learned this while shopping for someone who could repair what the dingbat glass guy did to it several years ago. In fact, I learned way more about anodizing than I ever wanted to know.

My factory original trim still had a very nice finish on it after 45 years, without me ever doing anything other than keeping it clean. The bright anodizing was taken off so the metal bender could take the dings and crimps out of it.

Bright anodizing is different than other types of anodizing and the process isn't done many places in the U.S. anymore. Without anodizing, we will need to keep our trim polished or it will quickly look dull and may begin to pit and corrode.

My point in mentioning the factory finish is to let people know that they will probably find that replacement trim is neither polished nor anodized. To look right, it will need to be polished. To keep it looking good will take more care than the factory finish. I guess this is a victory for the originale police. This is certainly an instance were original is better than scuderia non originale.

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That's odd. I can't imagine there is more than one supplier of this trim. What I got from Classic Alfa is very reflective, almost a mirror finish which by my definition is polished, highly polished actually. By no means is it dull.

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Classic did well by you. I won't ding the supplier who I bought from because they really tried to make it right, but their trim was not polished or anodized and it wouldn't fit without knowing how to heat bend it. I talked to another supplier I've used for years who no longer carries trim because it's been such a problem. Again, I mention this only so those who come along later and look up this thread will know what questions to ask when they are considering buying trim.

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No sweat, I should have said one manufacturer, there are multiple "suppliers" I guess there is more than one manufacturer too.

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The last time I replaced a windshield, prosource had only tinted windshields. When it arrived it was pretty deep green tint. So, I sourced a clear one from Pilkington. The price was competitive and clear looked more correct to my eye. Just something to be aware of.
Can you tell me how you sourced from Pilkington? I understand they have a US base office. THnks
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I bought my front windshield from ProSource Glass about 4 months ago ,it was the clear type , I had no problem installing it ,went in perfect without any issues, gasket type,had to source gasket and trim all for around $ 800 plus

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I saw the rear price, yes it is, 25% more, saved mine when I pulled the rear screen, I guess they know they have you, can pretty much charge whatever they want.
They would rarely sell a rear screen so yeah expensive it would be. Unless you drive backwards you will never get a stone chip in one and then no need to get a replacement one ... Unlike front ones which they probably sell by the maybe even 100's a year, even for our old 105 series.

Even my 156v6's windscreen got a stone chip not long ago. Thankfully they were able to 95% fix it with a glue process and my insurance company paid for it
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