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Mysterious 1985 Bodyside Protection Molding

I have always been fascinated by my 1985 Ford F150. Unlike most of the other 1980 - 1986 trucks I have seen, it has a very unique upper protection molding that starts under the side marker light and runs the entire length of the truck. It was so unusual in fact, that when my Father owned the truck and went to the local Ford dealer to get a replacement section for the fender in the mid 1990s, the parts man actually told him that he had never seen that particular molding before, and that is must be aftermarket!

In restoring this truck, I was on a mission to locate this particular molding because of all the compliments my Father got when he had this truck; the black and chrome molding really "popped" against the Medium Fire Red (Code 51) paint:

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Needless to say, it was EXTREMELY hard to find, as Ford stopped making it LONG ago and nobody reproduces it. It could be had in short or long wheelbase, extended cab, and with the "Swing-Lock" mirrors, or without. (The "Swing-Lock" mirrors had an extra section cut out of the door molding to allow for the lower mirror brace.) After years of searching and leaving no stone unturned, I finally managed to put together an entire NOS set for my restoration. I see very few trucks with this particular style of protection molding, so I was curious about it and did some research. I discovered this:


The cover of the early 1985 Ford F-Series brochure (8/84) looks like this:



Notice the upper full-length bodyside protection molding, the same as what's on my early 1985 truck. It was featured throughout the entire brochure on the "XLT Lariat" trim models. On page 10, this is how it was described:

"The new XLT Lariat is Ford's finest full-size Styleside pickup with a host of new features both inside and out. Outside: the sculptured steel lines are accented with a new full-length bodyside protection molding (black with bright insert) and bright wheellip moldings, plus "XLT" and "Lariat" identification plaques. Also included is a newly styled brushed aluminum tailgate applique with red reflective lower portion and bright tailgate release handle."


HOWEVER, the cover of the later 1985 Ford F-Series brochure (1/85) looks like this:



Notice how the lower bodyside protection molding looks exactly like the lower molding that came on the earlier 1980 - 1984 trucks. Like the cover, every single picture in the later brochure is the same as the earlier brochure, except all traces of the "New for 1985" upper bodyside protection molding was eliminated in favor of the lower protection molding.

Apparently, the "New for 1985" upper bodyside protection molding was only used for a few months, and then dropped. Ford went through the trouble of changing the molding in every single picture in the sales brochure to illustrate this fact.

But WHY?

What is even more strange is that there is no mention of the "New for 1985" upper protection molding at all in the later brochure as an option, and no mention of it in the 1986 brochure, either. Very strange.

Does anyone have any idea on why it was suddenly and completely discontinued?
 
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I don't know but it is a odd molding. They make aftermarket stuff that is close to the same width, but it's always black in the middle, silver around the outside. Not chrome/silver in the middle like yours.
 
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1980/89 Ford Light Truck Parts Catalog - 1980/86 EXTERIOR MOULDING SECTION - F100/350 - Page 7 (lower picture).

There was a dealer installed upper body side "pressure sensitive" moulding kit for all 1980/86 F100/350 8' Stylesides.

For 1980/86 it was bright/black: EOTZ-9921048-A

For 1980/84 only, it was available in many different single colors except for one type that was burgundy/cordovan.

Plus, dealers would have aftermarket companies stop by dealers and have them install 'gypo' side pressure sensitive mouldings, usually on XL stripper trucks in order to "dress them up."
 
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You say "upper protection molding" what is it protecting from?
Up to high from door dings so from what?

Could be Ford saw it wa s a wast, people would not pay money for something that did nothing?
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I don't have anything to add to the questions, but I also have the rare molding on my '85. The plastic cover over the chrome center strip is completely destroyed (yellow/ cracked) and I am constantly trying to figure out a solution for restoration. This trim is much too valuable to simply give up.
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You say "upper protection molding" what is it protecting from?
Up to high from door dings so from what?

Could be Ford saw it wa s a wast, people would not pay money for something that did nothing?
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The upper body protection molding protects the body from door dings. And it is not too high. When someone opens a car door close enough to hit the truck, the car door will hit the protection molding first. If you would take a closer look, you will see that the molding is on the body line that sticks out the farthest from the truck. Since the molding is up higher, the top of the door will hit, whereas the bottom or middle of the door will hit if the truck had the lower 1980 - 1984 (and later 1985/1986) protection molding.

Even if it didn't protect from door dings, it looks way cool. MUCH better looking than the hideous lower molding with the accompanied wheellip moldings that are placed way above the wheel openings. (I always thought that style looked rather silly.) And some trucks didn't get any protection molding at all. It seems odd that Ford would feature it in early 1985, and then drop it completely to revert back to the older 1980- 1984 style lower molding. It wasn't even listed as an option later on in the 1985 production year or 1986.

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I don't have anything to add to the questions, but I also have the rare molding on my '85. The plastic cover over the chrome center strip is completely destroyed (yellow/ cracked) and I am constantly trying to figure out a solution for restoration. This trim is much too valuable to simply give up.
Any ideas?
Will you look on your door tag and tell me when your truck was made? Because your truck has the upper protection molding, I am curious. Mine was made in 9/84.

My old trim molding was doing the same thing. Completely remove the plastic laminate cover to get the underside smooth again. The "chrome" tape will be exposed, and it will come off too, exposing a hard gray core. Then, buy some replacement chrome tape and place it in. I am not sure what you can do about the protective plastic (laminate?) that went over the original chrome tape.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/SuperBrite-Polyester-Chrome-Tape-choose-your-size-Near-Mirror-Finish-/380432899453?var=&hash=item5893915d7d
Or, you can use "brushed aluminum" tape:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Brushed-Aluminum-Stainless-Look-Vinyl-Tape-Choose-Your-Color-and-Size-Brush-/130662093735?var=&hash=item0
 
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My truck was born in Kansas City, MO on 11/30/1984
 
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Rick - If you have a set of NOS pieces did they have an ID number on the packaging or the parts? And, how did they apply - with pressure-sensitive tape or the clips?

As for the brochures, Any chance you could scan them and send me the files? I'd love to put them on my web site right here: 1985 Literature - ???Gary's Garagemahal. (Yep, it is "under construction".) Or, send them to me and I'll have them scanned and returned to you?
 
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Rick - If you have a set of NOS pieces did they have an ID number on the packaging or the parts? And, how did they apply - with pressure-sensitive tape or the clips?
Yes, they were NOS Ford parts with Ford numbers, all of them starting with E5TZ. There are 8 different pieces for a complete set. You would not believe how much trouble it was to locate these pieces. I have had these in my possession for almost 10 years now, and there simply aren't any more left.

They applied with pressure-sensitive tape - no clips of any kind. These were very nice moldings with a thin metal core to help hold the shape.

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As for the brochures, Any chance you could scan them and send me the files? I'd love to put them on my web site right here: 1985 Literature - ???Gary's Garagemahal. (Yep, it is "under construction".) Or, send them to me and I'll have them scanned and returned to you?
I don't have a scanner, nor do I know how to do that. But I do have the 1984, 1985, and 1986 Ford F-Series brochures. I will be happy to send them all to you, so long as you promise to post them on your site and return them. PM me your address, and I will see what I can do.
 
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Just out of curiosity, is this the same molding shown in this brochure? (Ad says '81 but who knows) Look at "All around protection" and "Keep everything in sight" pages:

1981 Ford Truck Accessories Brochure F-100 Pickup Bronco Econoline Van Courier | eBay
 
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I'm not sure where the E5 # came from since, as Bill said and as shown below, the catalog says E0. Obviously "E5" means 1985, but ......


 
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Just out of curiosity, is this the same molding shown in this brochure? (Ad says '81 but who knows) Look at "All around protection" and "Keep everything in sight" pages:

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Yes, that looks to be the same stuff as it says "21048".

EDIT: That brochure seems to no longer be available.
 
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I guess I should have paid more attention to the end time. Oops. The brochure trim looked a bit different to me.
 
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I'm not sure where the E5 # came from since, as Bill said and as shown below, the catalog says E0. Obviously "E5" means 1985, but ......
You know, the man at the parts counter at my local Ford dealer made this same mistake. The part numbers and the moldings above that both Number Dummy and Gary Lewis listed are wrong. (It's a miracle I ever found the correct ones.)

If you look on Page 40F (diagram P-15686) under "Exterior Moldings Section" on the parts CD, you will see the correct moldings, all starting with E5TZ.

That's TWICE you missed part numbers for the 1985/86 models, Gary.
 
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I guess I should have paid more attention to the end time. Oops. The brochure trim looked a bit different to me.
Better pictures will show up on a web site near me soon, so we should be able to compare better.
 

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