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rear trim around rear screen

PostPost by: bill griffiths » Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:48 am

The second rebuild of 50/1017 continues. Today rebuilt the rear parcel shelf, and reminded myself of a problem I encountered the last time around - about 20 years ago.

The rear quarter panels fasten via the fitting which acts as a coat hanger as you know.

They extend back to sit at either end of the rear parcel shelf.

However they are not designed to fit close to the ends of the rear screen apperture, and there seems nothing to hold them even within about an inch

of the vertical (well, sort of) part.

Could some kind person look into the rear screen and tell me what they see between the extended quarter trim on each side, and the end of the screen itself.

Is there a gap of almost an inch?

Is there some sort of infill?

What am I missing...............now for the second time. Last time I solved the problem with a bit of black felt, bridging the gap between the apperture and the trim so

that it all looked neat looking through the rear screen at its ends.

Regards, Bill
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PostPost by: rjaxe » Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:17 am

Bill, I am not sure this is what you are looking for but these pics show the rear screen/parcelshelf/quarter trim area of my car. I can take more pics etc if it helps.
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PostPost by: elanman999 » Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:29 am

Bill,
I think there is supposed to be a gap. It's the air outlet for the ventilation.
Cheers
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PostPost by: bill griffiths » Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:44 am

Thanks for the help. What I need is to picture is how the gap looks between the trim at the quarters and the ends

of the rear window apperture when viewed from outside looking in. Is there simply a gap with a black void down each

side?

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PostPost by: elanman999 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:46 am

Bill,
Yes, just a gap. Hope this is clear in the pics.

Cheers
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PostPost by: bill griffiths » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:37 am

Got it!!

Many thanks indeed.

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PostPost by: EPC 394J » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:35 pm

Really glad I found this thread.

I'm looking at the exact same issue.

So, I do understand that, the external air vent, flows through a channel and onto the inside of the rear screen... But that gap between the rear of the quarter trims and the sides of the screen really doesn't look very neat or tidy when viewed from outside?

Anyone got more pictures, taken from the outside? Or neat ideas to tidy up this area??

Really appreciate your help, as I'm trying to sort this out as we speak.

Very many thanks.

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