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    Body trim

    I have an '87 and the section of plastic trim on my sliding door got mangled pretty bad, so i was wondering if anyone ever pulled all the plastic trim off and what it looked like? The earlier years didn't have that thick body plastic trim, right?

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    Re: Body trim

    The first gen did not have the wide molding. Removing the wide molding reveals holes in the sheet metal.

    The wide molding was not affixed with just adhesive which in hind sight would have been a better design so that years later when you could not replace the molding at least you could remove it without having to patch holes.

    It also seems that the second gen LE vans with the wide molding suffered from more corrosion issues in the body panels because water and debris could get in via the mounting holes for the molding

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    Re: Body trim

    I call it the "rust belt", I did a complete "delete" on my 87 LE and patched from inside with fiber glass-epoxy (tricky). Fasteners are a mixture of plastic clips and screws with a nasty steel bracket (rust generator) over the wheel wells. If I was to reinstall one I would use a solid double sided tape along the top and cut big drain slots along the bottom. The moldings only came on the LE. if you need to replace the whole door and want to get rid of them, look for a "cargo with window" door. Also 84/85 doors, are the same I think, but didn't have the molding.
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    Re: Body trim

    Thanks for the tips. I'll most likely pull all the plastic trim off and just get a roll of that stick-on trim to cover the holes. Hopefully the holes are all in a single row. Eventually, when i get it painted, I'll plug them up.

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    Re: Body trim

    There is two rows of holes. I like what VanCo has done on his. I believe, or it looks like, he used big" fat head" rivet and glued them in the holes. If you are into that look.... clean simple cheap!
    LG.
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