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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-12-2019, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Different Rear window molding on fastbacks?

My 1965 fastback (February 16, 1965/San Jose) has 6 stainless pieces around the car's signature (large) rear glass. But at car shows I've seen fastbacks of the same year with 4-piece stainless molding around the rear window--2 straight pieces along the top that are joined together in the middle, and two pieces that run down the sides of the glass and curve inward towards each other at the bottom where they also join together in the middle of the glass. I didn't see an engineering change in the literature for this difference and I'm not sure how to explain it unless either the 6- or the 4-piece molding was aftermarket. CJ Pony offers a 4 piece aftermarket, but it's chrome, not stainless, and the 4-piece AND 6-piece sets I've seen at car shows were definitely stainless, not chrome. Has anyone noticed this and come up with an explanation for the differences? Thanks, Evans...
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4 pieces on my Sep 1964 San Jose fastback.
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I'll make it 4 for 4 with the 4 pieces on my December 1964 San Jose fastback.



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I'm feeling a little lonely here with 6 pieces of stainless around my '65 fastback's rear window. Lol. That's two pieces at the top joined together (it looks like one piece from a distance, but it's actually two), and the same two joined pieces on the bottom (that's four), and then the two vertical ones on the sides (that's 6). No one else has that arrangement of stainless on their fastback's big rear glass? Hard to believe. If you've got 6 please post it here so I'll know mine's not an orphan. Evans...
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Can you post some pics, to include close ups?



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Consider the possibility that what you have are repop trim pieces notorious for not fitting/sitting down well that were installed at some point in the past. One solution to get them to sit better and not protrude up or appear twisted would be to cut them midway top and bottom and then use joiner covers cut from somewhere (perhaps from the ends of the originals) to cover the new joins.
Voila, now you have six pieces and only a very informed observer or MCA judge would likely notice.

I reconfigured a base '68 coupe a little bit...
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I remember seeing a well-driven red fastback at the 55th in Concord / Charlotte that was missing some trim, and it looked to be a 5 or 6 piece arrangement... it has a 2 piece top, was missing one of those, both side pieces, and who knows how many at the bottom?

Got to looking at @65shelby 's 66 Nightmist blue fastback GT I photo'd and I see it appears to be a 4 piece setup.

Assembly plant difference? Changeover before 67? Service replacement? Aftermarket parts?

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[/IMG] 4 pcs on my fastbacks too, burgundy one wasn't installed at the time LOL

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I've never owned a Fastback but is it possible someone installed front windshield upper molding on the upper part of the back window?
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Front trim will not fit the rear window as the curvature is wrong. My guess it has either been cut/ modified or someone installed 67/68 trim.... if that’s even possible.

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Front trim will not fit the rear window as the curvature is wrong. My guess it has either been cut/ modified or someone installed 67/68 trim.... if that’s even possible.
Not even close, the 67-68 (and later) had square rear glass, while the 65-66 was round.



And my 29 September 1965 - built car has 4-piece moulding. I have never seen anything else, even on extremely early fastbacks.

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Thank you all for your responses, which make it apparent that my 6-piece molding is not correct for the car. I can only assume that a prior owner modified the set from several different pieces and I've got another project on my hands. Lol. So I'm now looking for an original, used 4-piece set for the big back window on my '65 fastback. If anyone as a set for sale, please PM me. And thanks again for the many responses! Evans
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