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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-30-2017, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Question 65-66 2+2 Side Vent Trim, Interior and Exterior Availability

Are these chromed trim pieces, both the interior and the exterior vent trim for the fastback, available in reproduction?

I found out that the interior fiberglas vent panels are now in reproduction form, but what about the trim including the vent slider bar, thumb handle, and rectangular slider opening trim, in addition to the vent pieces themselves.

I've been out of the vintage Mustang game for around 30 years due to other life priorities and adventures, but will soon be returning to my first "hobby" and am trying to catch up on what's new on these rare pieces. Mine are suffering the typically pitting of the base pot metal construction that is unsightly for a perfectionist like me.

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Welcome to VMF.

The chrome slider bar is available.
http://www.cjponyparts.com/fb-vent-s.../p/C5ZZ63278C/

The chrome grilles, both internal and external are not reproduced to the best of my knowledge.
There's lots of used vent louver parts for sale on Fleabay.

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"but what about the trim including the vent slider bar, thumb handle, and rectangular slider opening trim, in addition to the vent pieces themselves".

The slider bar, thumb handle and slider opening are available. The slider bar and thumb handle are especially good pieces. The vent pieces, as mentioned above, are not reproduced. What's more there's a high difficulty level with replacing those vents, they don't just pop out.

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"The slider bar, thumb handle and slider opening are available. The slider bar and thumb handle are especially good pieces. The vent pieces, as mentioned above, are not reproduced. What's more there's a high difficulty level with replacing those vents, they don't just pop out.
At least there has been SOME progress in the intervening years!

Yea, I've had my A-code 2+2 GT since 1983, but it's been sitting in my parent's garage since the mid-90's after I disassembled it. It has 45,000 original miles on the odometer (i.e. never turned over). The interior grills are permanently attached via its mushroomed pins so when I discovered the fiberglas panels as now being reproduced, I thought the grills were as well since the only way to remove the original ones was to cut them off; therefore reinstalling them would require a very strong adhesive that would stand up to long-term vibration with such a small contact area.

These and the external grills are the only 2+2 parts that would be extremely difficult to restore and rechrome. Now that whole body structures are being reproduced, including the 2+2 model, I'm wondering why these last pieces have not yet been reproduced. And finding acceptable used ones on eBay that are at least in better condition that mine (which mine aren't really that bad; but any pits in interior trim pieces bothers me being that I'm extremely OCD) and swap meets after 51 years is highly doubtful.

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Are these chromed trim pieces, both the interior and the exterior vent trim for the fastback, available in reproduction?

I found out that the interior fiberglas vent panels are now in reproduction form, but what about the trim including the vent slider bar, thumb handle, and rectangular slider opening trim, in addition to the vent pieces themselves.

I've been out of the vintage Mustang game for around 30 years due to other life priorities and adventures, but will soon be returning to my first "hobby" and am trying to catch up on what's new on these rare pieces. Mine are suffering the typically pitting of the base pot metal construction that is unsightly for a perfectionist like me.
National Parts Depot has the Vent Slider bar with thumb handle and the rectangular slider opening trim. https://www.npdlink.com/store/catalo...per-303-1.html

The side Vent panels can be found at Dallas Mustang: https://www.dallasmustang.com/interi...FYhhfgodk1wLGQ

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Why doesn't someone reproduce the 4 longer pieces of the 1" wide trim that surrounds the rear seat and cargo area of the '65/'66 Fastbacks? If they can reproduce the 2 pieces of trim that cover the joint between the dash pad and the base of the windshield surely they can stamp those 4 pieces of trim.

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Why doesn't someone reproduce the 4 longer pieces of the 1" wide trim that surrounds the rear seat and cargo area of the '65/'66 Fastbacks? If they can reproduce the 2 pieces of trim that cover the joint between the dash pad and the base of the windshield surely they can stamp those 4 pieces of trim.
They do seem simple enough to do. Could it be that those parts are much easier to restore (when they can be found) than chromed pot metal trim and bezels so the demand is not quite there yet? Many years ago when I was keeping an eye out for all things fastback-related (I was looking for a spare pair of lower interior quarter panels I could cut up in case I wanted to install a roll bar ala Shelby), I came across these trim pieces many times. I'm sure they are much harder to find nowadays...

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