Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's Halftime on a Sunday afternoon...

Today is Sunday and in America the game of football is played.  And I don't mean soccer.  The Chargers and the Ravens were playing and as neither team is the Broncos, I could afford a vague distraction.   So, I made these parts.  Not that I need them because I have a full set of these already, nicely anodized, but I needed to KNOW I could make them if ever required.  I see folks asking about these Type 34 'corner window trim clips' quite a lot and I think the reason for this is that either the windshield or back glass rubber breaks down and allows the little buggers to escape.  Or, perhaps these clips fracture, loosen and then fly off the car under speed?  Maybe some of these were lost over time by careless owners, a situation precipitated by the fact that Type 34 restorations tend to span a greater period of time.  These cars are often handed off one or more times before they become abandoned projects, are sold for parts, or finally become completed projects by a motivated new owner.  Still wondering which category I fall into...

Anyway, here's my version of these little parts.  I started of with a flat sheet of aluminum picked up at the hardware store that is actually a little bit thicker than original 24 gauge.  I then covered the face of the original part with masking tape, removing the excess with a razor blade knife.  I removed the masking tape from the original part and applied it to the aluminum sheet to create my template parts, as shown above.  This technique allows me to create parts that are shaped very much like the original parts.  I then used real Type 34 window trim to test fit and size them correctly.  As a finishing touch, I elected to sand on these pieces a little so they are ready for chroming, anodizing or polishing.  I could very easily have left them raw because the material has a semi-polished finish that presents fairly well.

This was literally a halftime activity, start to finish.