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grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: allmotor1 ()
Date: August 01, 2017 12:39PM

Having a hard time finding a super clean front grill trim for my coupe. Looking through Clarks catalog I'm not seeing it there either. I'm referring to the strip where the grill would be between the headlights. You can't tell from this photo but the stainless is dinged up a little. Car is clean so just doing touch up with things that are wrong.

I unfortunately have a tear in the drivers seat about 3 or 4" long on the seat back. Headliner is in "okay" condition. The padded dash needs replacing. Its in nice original condition besides the respray so I'm reluctant to change too much.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: squirrel ()
Date: August 01, 2017 12:59PM

That part is anodized aluminum, isn't it? If it were stainless, you could fix it....

Jim Forbes.......63 Monza coupe......Sierra Vista, AZ


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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: allmotor1 ()
Date: August 01, 2017 01:06PM

I'm sure you're right about the material. I spoke before knowing for sure. Thanks for correcting me

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: allmotor1 ()
Date: August 01, 2017 02:17PM

It isn't bad...just not as good as the rest.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: August 01, 2017 02:36PM

Rare as hens teeth in any condition sad smiley

Orangeville, Ontario. CANADA

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: squirrel ()
Date: August 01, 2017 03:13PM

the listing on Clark's

[www.corvair.com]

Jim Forbes.......63 Monza coupe......Sierra Vista, AZ


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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: allmotor1 ()
Date: August 01, 2017 03:54PM

Looks like I'm keeping what I got!

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: August 01, 2017 05:24PM

It can be repaired, and re anodized to look better than new. It won't be cheap, but it will be less than what a NOS one will cost you. I doubt that they will ever be reproduced, because of the lack of demand, and the relatively low numbers of 1963 Corvairs as compared to the 1964 model year.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: allmotor1 ()
Date: November 11, 2017 03:19PM

Does anyone know the value of the one I currently have is? I found one...so I'll make this one available.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: November 11, 2017 03:44PM

One sold last week on eBay for $505, and the seller backed up the bid with a higher one, based on the bid history. You might have been that buyer, I don't know. I do know that you can't have it polished, and re-anodized for under $400, and then you have to have just about a perfect piece just to start. I doubt that these will ever be reproduced, since the 1963 isn't as popular as the 1964. Whomever bought the one on eBay got an exceptional deal. In the spring, when parts start selling for more money than in the fall, this part might have brought another $250 - $300, in my opinion.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: allmotor1 ()
Date: November 11, 2017 03:52PM

I wasn't that buyer but I did located a NOS.

So I should wait til Spring is what you are thinking.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: November 12, 2017 06:39AM

What would a driver quality piece be worth.

I seem to remember it had one small dent on the very end and didn't look bad.

I didn't know what it fit until I saw this post and another not long ago. Been in storage since 1997 after Dad passed and I didn't know what year it fit.

But I do believe it is the one you have pictured, I would have to go back and look, to be sure!

Thanks

Lee Adkins

A Cave Man car
1960 2dr Coupe with pg
Color Tasco Turq.
With Ermine white top.

Catlettsburg,
In the Beautiful state of
North/East KY!

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: rick4130 ()
Date: November 12, 2017 06:44AM

If it's not mangled, it's a pretty easy piece to strip, polish and paint for a "very good" appearance.... much easier than dropping $500!!

Rick MacDonald
'63 700 Sedan

rick4130@yahoo.com

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: November 12, 2017 06:52AM

Rick that is what I was thinking.

I took some 60 peices and sanded and polished them up and they look great. Worked out any dents as well.

But I didn't coat them, but I keep them hand polished and they still look great. That was back in 2011 or so.

Lee Adkins

A Cave Man car
1960 2dr Coupe with pg
Color Tasco Turq.
With Ermine white top.

Catlettsburg,
In the Beautiful state of
North/East KY!

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: allmotor1 ()
Date: November 12, 2017 10:36AM

I'm a realist. I'd be fine with $200 plus shipping if that's a bargain. I'm just happy I found this.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: November 12, 2017 10:47AM

When it comes to aluminum, it is best to polish with a wax after you buff the part to the luster that you desire, rather than to clear coat. The reason being it is a lot easier to remove the wax than it is to remove a clear coating, if it should need to be done again. Just give the part a good waxing every year, and the wax should keep the aluminum from oxidizing. The company that used to do anodizing for me, told me that aluminum starts to oxidize within 12 hours of polishing. They used a bright dip method of anodize, but it was time consuming and expensive, and their business model changed and they no longer do it. The parts came out looking almost like chrome when they did them.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: November 12, 2017 11:42AM

Sorry I realized I mistyped my above post.

I believe I have one in my storage building and was describing it's condition.

I was just curious what it would sell for if I decide to sell it.

Junkman that is exactly what I did on my 60 parts. I stripped it, sanded, then removed any dents and worked those areas down. Then I buffed them up on the polisher. Then waxed them up really good. I go back and wax them from time to time and it has been about 5 years and it still looks just like it did. If need be I can pull it off and do a quick polish on the buffer wheels and wax and it is good to go.

I just couldn't see spending that much to have it redone and clear coating doesn't leave the kind of finish I wanted.

Lee Adkins

A Cave Man car
1960 2dr Coupe with pg
Color Tasco Turq.
With Ermine white top.

Catlettsburg,
In the Beautiful state of
North/East KY!

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: November 12, 2017 01:01PM

The moldings on the 1960 are stainless steel, and while they are harder to remove dents from, they hold their polishing much longer, and are more durable than the aluminum trim used in the later cars.

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Re: grill trim 63 coupe
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: November 12, 2017 05:23PM

Wasn't talking about the trim, sorry was talking about the rear grill.

I practiced on a spare I had before I started on my good one!

Lee Adkins

A Cave Man car
1960 2dr Coupe with pg
Color Tasco Turq.
With Ermine white top.

Catlettsburg,
In the Beautiful state of
North/East KY!

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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