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SAAB96L
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
114 Posts

Posted - 16 Feb 2021 :  12:07:04 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hello,

1- At some stage, I will need to replace the door to window weather strips along with some other rubber extrusions. On occasions I have used COH Baines to supply such trim matching the profile where possible. However, does anyone have any information regarding other outlets of such trim - ideally looking for brand new.

2- With reference to the plastic trim that runs along the length of the car body, from front to rear wheel arch. I've seen some cars with and others without. Is this a case of personal choice or the fact that getting decent replacements is difficult ??

In addition, how are these body length strips secured to the car ??

Couple of Q's there and grateful for any advice, as always.

Thank you.

Richard.

green96v4
V4 Mad

Canada
598 Posts

Posted - 16 Feb 2021 :  12:21:38 Show Profile Reply with Quote
https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/

Woolies will probably have everything you'd need for window/door trim

Depending on the year, your car would have the chrome strip trim at the bottom of the doors, (70's cars had the single strip inside rubber channel, some earlier cars had a double chrome strip, some just chrome strips on the wings instead) the 70's cars are held on with nylon push clips that insert into nylon cups that are pushed into holes in the door and 3/4 panel, great rust spots!

a more modern "cheat" would be to use 3M tape and do away with the nylon cups or delete altogether and fill the holes in the doors/3/4 panels. Then depending on your look preference, you could run the vinyl stripes with the SAAB wordmark down the sides
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SAAB96L
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
114 Posts

Posted - 16 Feb 2021 :  12:56:27 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Thank you for your reply, which is most useful - good call on Woolies which I had not considered.

My Saab is a 1976 model which appears to have the single silver trim insert within the rubber moulding. Any opportunity not to have holes and rust attracting trim is a good call in my book. That said, it's useful to know what the correct spec is for knowledge purposes.

All the best.

Richard.
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andydeans3
V4 Guru

United Kingdom
1517 Posts

Posted - 16 Feb 2021 :  22:35:46 Show Profile Reply with Quote
SAAB96L
Difficult to find decent 2nd hand trim. If you're not obsessed with originality, I'm sure there are other trims, that you could buy new, that would do a perfectly good job.

As Matt has said the side trims along the side of the car are held on with plastic clips that go through holes in the doors, and rear panel. As mentioned they are rust traps.
I modified the system, taking Stainless Steel M6 countersunk screws, and grinding flats on each side of the countersunk head.

See photos below.

This allows them to be threaded onto the back of the chrome strip. Fit the rubber strip and then put the stainless bolts through the holes and use stainless nuts on the inside. This allows you to make sure that the holes are well painted, and use grease and or vaseline when you put the bolts through the door. Plenty grease and or vaseline on the inside. With S/S and plenty protection chances of corrosion can be minimised.
I also smear a fair amount of vaseline between the rubber and the door. It tends to extrude, but wipe it away and it should tend to help stop water getting behind the trim. I do the same with the rubbers round the front and rear side light/indicator lenses.





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1978 LHD SAAB 96
1978 MGB Roadster
2008 LHD "Classic" Renault Twingo
1991 Nissan Figaro

Edited by - andydeans3 on 17 Feb 2021 12:01:29
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ianh
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United Kingdom
250 Posts

Posted - 17 Feb 2021 :  15:29:07 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Hi Richard
I have tried several methods of fixing my trim on the outside of the door and have found the following to be quite good so far.
Fir Tree Trim Clip, 8mm hole, 18mm Head, Black - Pack of 10 Clips (1.46) from
http://autoconsumables.com/
The flat head on the back of the clip needs to be trimmed slightly to fit in the runner of the metal strip.
One door uses 9 clips.
Ian
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SAAB96L
V4 Fan

United Kingdom
114 Posts

Posted - 17 Feb 2021 :  18:08:13 Show Profile Reply with Quote
Andy / Ian,

Many thanks for the extra information - much appreciated.

All the best.

Richard.
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