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    the back trim stick, that holds the tack strip, for 60, cannot find this new, what is every one doing, and I have found a place to make them but need an old one, in one piece, does not need to be usable.

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    Help ! 1960 convertable, trim stick

    Hi Guy! Glad you figured it out! You might give Carl Heller ~ partsetal on here, a phone call. Carl has many, many Squarebird parts and ships all over the world, and also has parts cars. His number is: 570-691-4404.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by guy7981 View Post
      the back trim stick, that holds the tack strip, for 60, cannot find this new, what is every one doing, and I have found a place to make them but need an old one, in one piece, does not need to be usable.

      You don't need the trim for the tack strip. I just took the old trim off mine. When I had the new top put on they just fastened the new tack strip on where the old trim used to be. The tack strip is different than the original so you don't need the trim.

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      • #4
        Originally the trim stick contained a tightly wound paper product which absorbed moisture and rotted, most times rusting and destroying the trim stick. Just using a tacking strip (rubberized plastic, readily available) will not provide the support that the metal trim strip did. It is a quick solution but shrinkage and operation of the top puts a lot of strain on that fastening point and at some point, the top fabric will loosen.
        Some of the convertible suppliers have a metal encased tacking strip that is used on some non-Ford products and is excellent for the job. Problem is bending it to fit the contours and the dip in the Squarebird package tray. If anyone is aware of a firm that can make these bends, please let us know.
        Carl

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        • #5
          I had my top done a couple of years ago. They riveted the tact strip every couple inches. So far it still looks great.

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