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Old 04-06-2009, 11:16 AM
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Question How to remove body trim?

I'm trying to take the trim off to do some body work. I would like to keep it in good condition for reuse.
I tried to use a plastic putty knife and a little pressure to pry it off, but it doesn't seem to want to come off willingly.
Wondering if I'm missing something here.
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:27 PM
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what trim are you trying to remove? if its the dent trim, most of it has plastic spring clips that hold it. i believe the springs are on the bottom so you would have to lift up on the trim, then pull the top away from the body, then let it drop down. the ends of most pieces will have a nut inside the body panel you have to find and take off too. i think some also have a screw but that would be obvious. the racetrack trim i believe just has nuts on the inside of the body panels although i have never removed any. the wide trim along the bottom i believe is similar to the dent trim. if you have any more problems ask again.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:18 AM
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I'm referring to the race track trim (about 8" from the top of the body).
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the race track trim makes a loop all around the side of the vehicle. you are talking about what i referred to as the dent trim, because it sets in the dent in the side of the body.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:50 AM
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ah, I see, I'll try to post a pic just to make sure we are talking about the same thing.

thanks for your help...
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do you have the trim with the rubber insert? if so, the front has a nut inside the fender. (remove marker light to access) then the plastic clips. (not made exactly like i described, but should work the same way. then a metal clip at rear of fender. dont remember exactly how it comes off but should be a able to figure it out. if the trim doesnt fall off it when you get to that point. the door has nuts on both ends (open door for access) with plastic clips in between. the cab has a phillips screw at the back, then like a christmas tree clip at the front. remove screw first then pull straight out on trim piece. should pop out of hole. the bed i believe has nuts on the ends (access from underneath or from marker hole at rear) and plastic clips in between. good luck.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:23 PM
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Yes it does.
Here is a picture:
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Thank you for your help, I'll poke around tonight and see what I can see....

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Old 04-07-2009, 12:38 PM
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good lookin truck
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Thank You!
The body is in great shape, its got a few rust spots. Only a few on the bed rail give me some concern, but everyone that has looked at it says that its ok for now but needs to be addressed, so that's what I'm trying to do immediately. I'm going to use the tailgate to figure a few things out and then move on to the bed. Fix the rust, address a few dents and dings, then I would like to coat it and get it protected.
The drive train needs some TLC. Everything is original, 351-M (118K miles), C6 (? I think), Dana 40 (? I think). The Carb needs help, steering gear is shot, the transmission or the rear end clunks a little on shift, can't tell which one.

I have grand plan.......i'm only missing then money.....and the expertise......other than that I'm good.....

hahaha, I'm in so much trouble.....
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if its an auto it is a c6 im sure. most had 9" rear end but there are some oddballs that had a dana 44 rear end. or could have been swapped in. steering gear should not be hard to find for a 2wd. check ujoints for clunk, much cheaper. then rearend slop. i got that money thing going on too.
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Can you confirm this is a 9" or a dana 44?
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A 9" would be nice, easy to find parts....
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you got the dana there buddy. a 9" has a fabricated housing with a welded on rear cover and a dropout (from the front) removeable 3rd member centersection. not sure how much work is involved to change from one to the other.
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That's what I thought. Glad to get confirmation. I would love to have a 9" but I don't really need it. Install an auburn limited slip into what I got and I should be fine.

BTW, I managed to successfully remove the dent trim from the bed of the truck last night. You were right. There were two bolts on the inside of body of the bed. One at the rear behind the tail lights and one halfway back, right in front of the rear tire. Once I got those two bolts off, the trim snapped right off.
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Old 04-08-2009, 09:24 AM
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glad it worked for you. where did you get that truck and how much did you pay for it? if you dont mind me asking.
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It was my father-in-laws. It was his daily driver for a long time, but he got a new truck and the green truck sat in his yard for a couple years. I convinced him to give it to me. I drove it for a while, but the sitting time had taken its toll and it became unreliable. I've had it for 7 years. and I'm just now starting to mess with it.
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