I was told if you wanted this option when the car was new that it was applied at the dealer. I talked to someone who used to work in the body shop of a dealer who said they hated to drill holes into the side of a brand new car. This trim was on my 1978 280Z and I'm going to have to fix the holes that run down the side.
Does anyone know of a source for the plastic filler strips on the factory molding. My ‘78 has burgundy plastic strips and is missing the short piece between the door handle and door edge
[QUOTE="pilgrim, post: 2778404, member: 46124"?How in the heck did you do that, and how old were they at the time? I suspect the ones on my '83 are rock hard by now.
Can you talk a little bit about the vinyl top Zs? I've seen a few of those. That is a dealer option? Was it done before sale or could you ask for it to be done and for how much? I'm assuming these were a bad idea for rust issues, no?From 1970 to 1983 there never was a factory option side molding except for the 82-83 cars which is what Borini63 showed a pic of. The side molding installed on anything earlier than that was a dealer option put out by the individual dealers. It is not stock. To be considered stock it had to be sanctioned by Nissan and purchased from Nissan by the dealer. There were 2 types of side molding that they installed. The riveted or screwed in aluminum channel style with RUBBER inserts, (not plastic) and the glued on style that used double back tape. I'm not aware of anyone that sells the rubber inserts anymore. I do sell the glue on style in black or silver but it's smaller (and looks much nicer) than the ones that were being installed by the dealers. There was a way for the dealers to edit the window stickers before they were installed on the cars. When I worked at the dealership back in those days, we sold some cars that had sunroofs or half vinyl tops listed on the window sticker and I know for a fact that neither one of those was a factory option. My black pearl that I bought new had the special appearance package and rubber side molding listed on the window sticker, and the dealership owned body shop put all of those items on. The SAP was a factory sanctioned option and it was purchased from Nissan. The side molding was carried by the body shop in rolls or kits depending on the style of side molding. Z man of Washington