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Ron Lang - 4/2/17 at 09:51 PM

I need to fit side trim to he car. It came with the standard GBS SS trims but these don't appear to fit very well. The previous builder has fitted body panels inside and out (I'm not sure if this is standard or not) and, with the thickness of the carpet too, the trims just seem too small, especially with the black edge trim fitted. They've had a go at fitting them with copious amounts of adhesive but with little success.

I just wanted to ask how others have done the side trim. I'm half tempted to buy some square aluminium channel and wrap it. Either way, surely the trim needs to be deep enough to be riveted through the panel rather than through the chassis tube?


Ron Lang - 5/2/17 at 09:35 AM

I've been looking to see what other options there are for the rear panel/boot cover and side trims. I've never liked the way this area is put together on the zero, it just looks a little too home made. I came across this picture of a Westfield which appears to have GRP parts in this area. Has anyone tried to do anything similar to the zero?

Beginning to feel quite alone on here!

40inches - 5/2/17 at 10:48 AM

Not entirely sure what edges you mean. Can you put up some photos of the areas?
This is my trim of the cockpit sides.

And the rear boot area, if this is any help?

Ron Lang - 5/2/17 at 01:40 PM

Will take some pics when I'm home but pretty much those areas you've shown. There is a thin section which attached to the top of the car at the rear runs all the way down the sides (adjacent to the arches) to meet he side trims (step overs). They look much better in GRP or similar. What have you used for those black side trims?

turnipfarmer - 5/2/17 at 01:59 PM

No need to feel lonely, old son. Let's see what we can do.

You're right about those side trims. Too narrow and nowhere near deep enough.

I ended up attaching them with loads of sealant and longish self-tappers, set at about 30 degrees beyond the horizontal. Still don't like it, though!

As far as your last post is concerned, can't quite visualise what you mean. Post us a pic

Yorkie - 5/2/17 at 02:13 PM

I used J section aluminium trim covered with 3M carbon film for the side and bent to shape next to the arches.

40inches - 5/2/17 at 02:59 PM

The sides are cope moulding No2 covered in 3m 1080 film. Bending around the arch was a Barsteward, I made a former out of MDF.

Ron Lang - 5/2/17 at 04:08 PM

Originally posted by 40inches
The sides are cope moulding No2 covered in 3m 1080 film. Bending around the arch was a Barsteward, I made a former out of MDF.

You bend that cope moulding around the arch too!? That's impressive! Didn't think that would even be possible without specialist kit?

StevieB - 5/2/17 at 04:32 PM

It'll go round the arches fine with a bit of patience and appropriate persuasion.

When I did my Indy a few years ago (actually, a lot of years ago now) I annealed the trim first then started at the bottom, riveting as I went, and using a block of wood and rubber mallet to keep everything in shape as I went.

It went on quite well and was a neat finish.

Downside with the way I did is that I would have liked to remove it later and get powder coated or anodised.

Ron Lang - 5/2/17 at 05:17 PM

I just assumed the sides would try and flare out.

StevieB - 5/2/17 at 08:24 PM

That's where annealing helps, and also knocking things back in line when it does start to flare.

Patience is key - just do it bit at a time, don't try and get there in one go.

[Edited on 5/2/17 by StevieB]