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Rodeo Joe
03-12-2013, 08:08 PM
As most here know, Ford discontinued the Thunderbird lower rear reveal molding a few years ago. I know mine isn't in the best of shape and I'm sure many people here aren't happy with the way their molding looks.

I know this gentleman from the New England Group of the thunderbirdnest.com - Thunderbird Forums (http://www.thunderbirdnest.com/forums/index.php) and he has a contact with QAA USA (http://www.qaausa.com/index.php), makers of automobile trim pieces. They have made numerous items for the Retro-Birds and I asked him about the reveal moldings for our cars. He said he would be more than happy to run it by them, I have a spare molding to give them. I will be seeing him next month at a show to give him the molding.

What I want to know is, who would be interested? Apparently the company wants to see documented interest or websites that show needs. I have no idea if they could even make it, how much it will cost, how long it would take. Nobody will be committing to anything, just looking for interest.

Joe

scskydivin
03-12-2013, 08:45 PM
Where is this particular piece of molding located on the car? I have a 94, if that matters.....

davec73
03-12-2013, 09:57 PM
I would and several other members would as well. to answer the question of which one it is, its the lower molding between the trunk and the back glass that looks horrible on most of our cars.

nmcbchief
03-12-2013, 10:00 PM
Interested also.

scskydivin
03-12-2013, 10:09 PM
Thx Dave, mark me down as interested also....

90MN12
03-12-2013, 10:12 PM
Mark me down. All 3 if u can get them.

XxSlowpokexX
03-13-2013, 09:57 AM
I may grab a few

90tbirdsc
03-13-2013, 11:45 AM
My dad and I will be interested, we have 3 supercoupes and they all could use it.

mywhite89
03-13-2013, 02:34 PM
I would buy one

rjgraul
03-13-2013, 08:14 PM
I am in also. :) Would be nice to get the top trim too.

820
03-13-2013, 09:09 PM
yes, i would take both top and bottom.

davec73
03-13-2013, 09:14 PM
yes, i would take both top and bottom.

if i understand correctly this is only for the bottom one but if you ask me they should make all three.

LIVipers
03-13-2013, 09:39 PM
I'm definitely in for one. Hell, i'll even send a deposit to make sure this happens;)

S_Mazza
03-13-2013, 09:54 PM
I am interested. Not 100% a lock, but definitely interested.

scskydivin
03-14-2013, 07:54 AM
if i understand correctly this is only for the bottom one but if you ask me they should make all three.

I agree with that.

820
03-14-2013, 05:43 PM
if enough ask maybe both top and bottom would be made. i am sure more than just my car needs a top piece.

macius8
03-16-2013, 12:41 AM
Need all three as well!

ghostryder
03-16-2013, 06:41 AM
100% interested!!!. in all the pieces

LIVipers
03-16-2013, 07:49 AM
Hopefully with this much support we can make something happen!

Tony8470
03-16-2013, 07:31 PM
Interested as well.

schwalbe
03-17-2013, 12:38 AM
I would be interested in a few sets depending on price.

Lee Billing
03-17-2013, 01:42 PM
I'll take at least 2. I love trim.....

davec73
03-17-2013, 02:23 PM
thats 20 - 25 so far on my count

SCDan35thANV
03-17-2013, 03:19 PM
I would be interested in all 3 if we can get them.

90sc35thann
03-17-2013, 08:32 PM
I would take a top and bottom

820
03-17-2013, 09:45 PM
maybe somebody who ventures to some of the other tbird sites could bring this up. and if not then i will see if i can do it. im sure that its going to take more than just us few to get this done. i have scored on a couple of pieces of nos molding lately and that is what i would prefer to use, but the ford parts i desire are not readily available. im in this 110%, so price is not to much of an issue to me. after all 120 some thousand thunderbirds were built in 1994 alone. i see lx birds all the time and they use the same trim.

NASSER13
03-17-2013, 11:11 PM
Yup count me in

tmz93sc
03-19-2013, 11:58 AM
im interested also. and would love to get all three pieces.

820
03-22-2013, 10:42 PM
Hey guys, I have been in contact with QAA. I have my car taken apart so i sent about 30 pictures, of the trim that we have been discussing and the trim pieces that follow the rear glass down along what i believe is the sail panel, to QAA. Rodeo Joe lives close to QAA and has volunteered his car for actual measurements. I sent the pictures on Wednesday of this week. I haven't heard anything yet and was told by QAA to call if i haven't heard from them in a few days. So QAA will be getting a call Monday. More to come next week. Pass the word to voice your word and maybe we can get some parts. Thanks, Bob.

SuperCoupe
03-23-2013, 03:31 PM
count me in for 2
crappy trim kills the car!!
;)

XR7 Dave
03-23-2013, 06:48 PM
This is a product we definitely need to keep these cars alive. All of mine are starting to look a bit shady and I don't plan to get rid of any of the cars anytime soon (I have about 6 or so).

Wzenheimer
03-23-2013, 08:42 PM
I'm also interested...

Kurt K
03-23-2013, 09:22 PM
I'd be in for at least 1, maybe more.

820
03-25-2013, 05:44 PM
Hey guys, I spoke with John at QAA. the prognosis is not good. I was told that QAA can't make the parts we seek. The reason being, QAA dosen't have the tooling. they can't stamp these parts. Every body keep passing the word. I don't know about the rest of you, but my metal is good. the coating peeled off and the rubber seals went with it. Maybe we can get someone to make the seals and possibly powdercoat the metal if it wouldn't warp. Lets not give up, I'm not.

J dot Miller
03-27-2013, 07:09 AM
Maybe we need to find who made the original?

shoalcracker
03-27-2013, 11:03 AM
Maybe we need to find who made the original?

I have a pair here still factory packed.

Ford label is 2004 and contents were produced in Canada if that helps.

Pretty sure these were the last NOS available.

They have most of the labelling intact if someone knows how to tie the part info to a manufacturer.

Paul

Toms-SC
03-27-2013, 01:22 PM
I'm down for a complete set although I just changed mine. This is something that is required for the community.

S_Mazza
03-27-2013, 03:11 PM
Maybe we need to find who made the original?

I doubt that the tooling is still around or usable. Maybe it is, though - who knows?

I know there are suppliers in the USA and Canada that make parts for such distributors as Year One and other resto parts houses. They should be able to handle small to medium runs such as we are discussing. The trick is to find the right company.

Maybe the info on the original parts stickers could help.

Another avenue is to hit up Thomasnet and start calling people until you find one you like. But we may need to have cash ready if we go that route.

shoalcracker
03-27-2013, 06:40 PM
On the lower the Bar Bode has W/O 870830.

If the W/O is Work Order and somebody has access to the Ford Purchasing Database....

Paul

820
03-27-2013, 08:10 PM
I asked John if he had any suggestions as who may be able to help us out. He really didn't have an answer. S_Mazza, what is Thomasnet? shoalcracker, I will keep those p.n. they may come in handy. Thank you one and all, Bob.

S_Mazza
03-27-2013, 08:15 PM
S_Mazza, what is Thomasnet?

It's just a supplier index, where you can search by the type of part you want made and in what area. Then check the websites or call or whatever and find out if you can do a deal. Convenient website if you do that sort of thing.

http://www.thomasnet.com/

J dot Miller
03-27-2013, 08:54 PM
I doubt that the tooling is still around or usable. Maybe it is, though - who knows?

I know there are suppliers in the USA and Canada that make parts for such distributors as Year One and other resto parts houses. They should be able to handle small to medium runs such as we are discussing. The trick is to find the right company.

Maybe the info on the original parts stickers could help.

Another avenue is to hit up Thomasnet and start calling people until you find one you like. But we may need to have cash ready if we go that route.

I was just trying to help. I have have an XR7 and the front upper windshield trim I need.

If the tooling is gone forever then ford completely stopped supporting old vehicles. I doubt it...

820
03-27-2013, 09:27 PM
Cool, that is what i will do. I see some late nites ahead, but worth it. J dot, i think finding and communicating with the original manufacturer is a good idea. I will try that also. Later got to go.

820
04-07-2013, 07:57 AM
Update on trim. I have spoken to 4 different companies about the trim we need, so far nobody will even really discuss it. We would need an outlet buisness to request the parts to be made. I have, however found a company that may have the rubber seal at least. I am waiting on a sample to see if it may work on the metal part of the trim. I will release info as I get it guys. This seems to be the best that we may be able to get at the moment.