ok so im working on the 1980 camino i bought and im looking into painting it and i haven't the slightest clue on how to get all of the trim off i see the screws but i am just so lost
Really ? :dontknow:Well the first thing to do is purchase a trim clip kit from Original Parts Group (OPG) or Rick's ElCamino store. You will need them because they will break when you try and remove them. They are all different. Once you have new ones you can sort of see how they are in place and how they hold the trim which will give you an idea how to take the trim off. The kits come separate for the window trim, bed trim, two tone paint trim, and rocker panel trim if you have it.
well im just taking off the two tone trimOk what trim? All of it? There are special tools to remove windshield trim. It's a flat tool with a hook shape that slides under the trim from the glass side. You hook it onto the clips and pull outward and the molding should pop up. You need to do it on all the clips around the glass. Wheel opening moldings have phillips screws along the edge. Side moldings will pop off. Use a flat plastic molding tool to lift the bottom and pop it off upward. Rocker moldings will have a screw at each end and clips along the rest. Use the same plastic tool. Door side moldings will have a screw and/or a nut. One at each edge looking from inside. Then with those removed use the same plastic tool and pop them off.
Belt moldings at the top of the door near the glass require removing the door panels removing the lower window stops and lowering the glass below the molding level. They are held on with phillips screws also. Drip rail moldings just snap on. Use that plastic tool to gently pry them up from the bottom and work your forward to remove it. The drip molding on the "A" pillar requires removing the weatherstrip and the channel that holds it. Bed corners have a phillips screw remove the screw and the corner and long top bed moldings pull straight up. The moldings connected to them around the roof use clips similar to the body side moldings. Pry them off with that plastic tool. Tailgate top molding has a screw on each end then just pry it up. License pocket, remove the cover on the back side of the tailgate and remove the 4 #10mm nuts inside.
Headlight doors have T15 torx screws as does most grilles. If you have lower molding on the header panel below the headlight doors, remove the filler panels to access the #7 or #8mmm bolts.
I had to remove the speed nut first then remove the trim.http://www.opgi.com/common/C240764.jpg
I am resurrecting this thread because I also have questions about removing two-tone trim, the strips from front to rear that include the wheel well moldings on two-tone Conquistas.
I scored some replacement pieces, and there were some "T" bolts (that is what the Fisher Body Manual calls them) attached to one of the pieces -- see pic above. It does not appear to me that the molding can be removed from this type of clip by prying. It seems to me that you need to rotote the "T" with a special tool. Can someone please clarify?
The "T" is attached with a nut that is inaccessible. By rotating the "T" and lifting the trim off, the "T" will be saved on the body, ready for the replacement trim piece. Has someone made a tool for getting under the trim and rotating the "T"?