How to remove stainless trim question

Charles McDonald

Gear Grinder
Oct 3, 2020
23
Rockville Maryland
First Name
Chuck
Willys Model
Jeepster
Willys Year:
1950
Does anyone know the correct procedure for removing the stainless steel trim without damaging? I tried a putty knife under the trim but it would not budge? Is there a special tool available?
 

Signsmith

Sharpest Tool
Jul 8, 2017
453
Pennsylvania
First Name
Dana
Willys Model
Other
Willys Year:
1959
I know the ends have a nut and bolt that you have to remove and the ones in the middle do pop but you have to be very careful and pry from both sides plastic tools are better than a putty knife
 

jimbob57

Bigger Hammer
Jun 2, 2020
92
Southern California
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
Jeepster
Willys Year:
1951
Does anyone know the correct procedure for removing the stainless steel trim without damaging? I tried a putty knife under the trim but it would not budge? Is there a special tool available?
what part of the stainless trim? the body line trim is held on by clips. the trim around the windshield is trickier.
 

Tilatobawillys

Well Oiled
All-Star
Jun 17, 2016
1,102
Elk Creek
First Name
Dale
Willys Model
Wagon
Willys Year:
1956
Chuck,

The body trim should come up with a plastic crowbar and a bit of force. Here is a link to a kit that is sold at a few vendors:


Personally I used the above tool set and some terry cloths against the body to prevent scratches. Remember, some of the ends may have bolts/plates so just be cautious.
 

jimbob57

Bigger Hammer
Jun 2, 2020
92
Southern California
First Name
Bob
Willys Model
Jeepster
Willys Year:
1951
here are some pictures to show how most of the trim is held on/removed. the trim is held in place by clips. there maybe a couple of clips that are held on with screw/nut configuration but most as just clip on. the clips are on the trim and they line up with the little holes in the body of the Jeepster. if the trim is on the car you can see the clips protruding from the body on the inside of the body. to remove, i use some pliers to squeeze the trim clip tabs (or whatever you want to call them) and push the clips out. this will usually release the trim without have to use some sort of putty knife. See pictures.

first picture is of the clip by itself, second - fourth pictures are the clips in the trim piece, fifth picture are the corresponding holes in the body that the clips go through, sixth picture is the trim in place, seventh picture is of the clip going through the body from inside the body tub, eighth picture is squeezing the clip together with pliers and pushing the clip out (if your clips are old they may break so be careful), finally picture of the clip being gently squeezed with pliers.
 

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Charles McDonald

Gear Grinder
Oct 3, 2020
23
Rockville Maryland
First Name
Chuck
Willys Model
Jeepster
Willys Year:
1950
here are some pictures to show how most of the trim is held on/removed. the trim is held in place by clips. there maybe a couple of clips that are held on with screw/nut configuration but most as just clip on. the clips are on the trim and they line up with the little holes in the body of the Jeepster. if the trim is on the car you can see the clips protruding from the body on the inside of the body. to remove, i use some pliers to squeeze the trim clip tabs (or whatever you want to call them) and push the clips out. this will usually release the trim without have to use some sort of putty knife. See pictures.

first picture is of the clip by itself, second - fourth pictures are the clips in the trim piece, fifth picture are the corresponding holes in the body that the clips go through, sixth picture is the trim in place, seventh picture is of the clip going through the body from inside the body tub, eighth picture is squeezing the clip together with pliers and pushing the clip out (if your clips are old they may break so be careful), finally picture of the clip being gently squeezed with pliers.
This is SUPER !!!! Thanks so very much!!! YOU HAVE REALLY HELPED, I OWE YOU!
 
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Greaser007

Sharpest Tool
Mar 1, 2019
367
Anderson, California
First Name
Leonard
Willys Model
CJ
Willys Year:
1946
Great helpful photos for a refresher of trim removal.
Seems that when re-installing, each fastener should be sealed with caulking putty. (the old being petrified).
 
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