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1970's Cadillac bumper trim pieces--Where to obtain?


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In the mid-1970's onward, Cadillac had soft bumper fillers

outlined in the rear with thin plastic-chrome trim pieces.

 

I have replacement bumper fillers for my 1974 Eldorado,

but who sells the rear trim pieces?  I sometimes see cars

missing them, but I want to do my car correctly.  Here is

a picture of a 1976 Coupe de Ville, since my car is in the

body shop and I don't have good pictures of my own:

 

72061315-770-0@2X.jpg?rev=1

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Do know that whatever the originals were made of, in a few years in Florida they would disintegrate. GM had a lot of trouble with plastic trim pieces (Firebird armrests were really bad about pulling off the door and leaving the screw behind.) in the 70's. Suspect a 3D printer could repop.

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I'm a member of the Cadillac LaSalle Club and the poor fit of the replacement fillers and lack of suitable "chrome" plastic trim for those pieces has been discussed many times.  The trim should have been stainless steel, but Cadillac was too cheap to use it.  I would suggest finding a shop that specializes in stainless steel fabrication.  

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2 hours ago, Jim Skelly said:

... I would suggest finding a shop that specializes in stainless steel fabrication.  

 

Could stainless-steel door edge guards be bent and

used successfully?  What have people been using

if the chrome-plastic trim isn't available?

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10 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

Could stainless-steel door edge guards be bent and

used successfully?  What have people been using

if the chrome-plastic trim isn't available?

John,

 

One member is attempting to 3D print the trim pieces, but he is in the early stages of that.  I don't recall if he is the same person who has been experimenting with 3D filler pieces for his '74 Eldorado convertible (Mitchell Radford).  The discussion is quite lengthy:

 

http://forums.cadillaclasalleclub.org/index.php?topic=159641.0

 

I am seriously considering selling my '77 Eldorado Biarritz with only 20,000 miles because of this filler and trim issue.

 

Some have suggested buying the generic door edge guard material that comes in a roll at O'Reilly's and other mass market auto part stores.

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3 hours ago, Jim Skelly said:

Some have suggested buying the generic door edge guard material that comes in a roll at O'Reilly's and other mass market auto part stores.

 

Thank you for the specific and knowledgeable help, Jim.

 

Is the generic material plastic-chrome or stainless steel?

I can see how anything made of plastic has limited life.

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