[Saloon-lovers] Feeling smug - �30 vs �1,600 - Mk2 Windscreen Chromes

I’ve reached the point where I am finishing the trim on my 3.4
Mk2. The original windscreen chromes were damaged beyond repair
so I looked around for some new ones.

Have you tried buying these lately? NONE of the usual suspects
have any in stock. The best most could do was 4 or more months
from now - and the PRICES! Anything from �1,000 to �1,600 for a
set of four.

Having put the windscreens in (went in oh-so easy) I realised I
really needed the chrome trims so bit the bullet and bought
some from one of the larger usual suspects. They said they only
had three in stock - two for the front and one for the rear so
I bought those. When they arrived, there was no rear trim and
three front ones …

They arrived a few days ago. Luckily, I examined them before
installation and noticed significant damage. The packaging was
excellent so the damage must have occurred before they sent
them out (from Germany). I am now in contact with the suppliers
and am demanding my money back in full - still waiting for
their response.

But … there is some good news. I found a replacement which
cost me LESS than �30 delivered. Self-adhesive chromed-plastic
flexible strip which fits nicely between the rubber flanges and
does look very similar to original. Both went on in less than
15 mins and I am as pleased as Punch.

I suspect I’m not the first person to try this product (from
those excellent chaps at www.carbuildersolutions.com) but I
thought you might like to see some pics of the result. Easily
followed the windscreen corners with the help of a heat gun.
Sticks like s*** to a blanket and, even if they have to be
replaced in the near future, I reckon I still win. �30 vs more
than �1,000 - what do you reckon?

http://www.xj13.eu/XJ13/Mark2/Mk2Jag.html--
Neville - http://www.XJ13.eu, XJ13 in-progress 1962 3.4 MK2
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In reply to a message from V12 Racer sent Fri 26 Jun 2015:

Neville:
It looks great. I am astonished at the prices of the ‘‘real’’
trim however. I would think there would be a decent set
languishing in some breakers yard somewhere, albeit still
attached to the car.

I would love to see more pictures of your Mk2, inside, out,
under the bonnet, etc. I noticed the rear headrests. What
other interesting things have you done? Perhaps a set of
pictures on your website would be in order?–
Andy Blackley 67 Mk2 4.2 4sp
Chardon Ohio, United States
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In reply to a message from andy303 sent Fri 26 Jun 2015:

Hi Andy - I bought the Mk2 to fill in a 3-month gap in my
workshop before I need to squeeze in my other project. I did
think of using it as a period tow-car but I just can’t see any
way of reliably attaching a tow-hitch to the car. Have any of
you successfully done so? Besides, it looks too good for that
fate!

I don’t have a specific website for the car but do have quite a
few pics and video taken during the rebuild (don’t we all?).
I’ll get round to putting them on the web one day.

Almost everything has been replaced/restored although (except
for the trim and now the windscreen chrome) it is pretty much
as original. Waiting for the re-veneered woodwork but
everything else is almost done. The interior trim is XJ40 which
was a bit of a struggle to fit but now gives me a new-looking
interior as well as electric front seats. There is even a
heated base to warm my derriere on those cold mornings.–
Neville - http://www.XJ13.eu, XJ13 in-progress 1962 3.4 MK2
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In reply to a message from V12 Racer sent Fri 26 Jun 2015:

That is a fantastic alternative!
I do have the rear chrome trims for my 420, but it was not
fired when I bought the car 8 years ago. The trims are not
perfect - have a couple of flat spots.
But even worse, the rubber is old and has hardened a bit
and there are some splits in the lower lip where the
chrome trim should be pushed under. I have found it near
impossible to fit the chrome trim.
So your solution looks a better one - I can always refit
the original trim when the rear rubber needs renewing.

What size did you order: I would guess the 13 x 3.5 mm
chrome trim (TRMC5)?
http://www.carbuildersolutions.com/uk/chrome-trims--
1953 MkVII, 1967 420
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In reply to a message from badhuis sent Mon 29 Jun 2015:

Great solution. Please provide the part numbers for front
and rear screen trim.

Thanks.–
The original message included these comments:

What size did you order: I would guess the 13 x 3.5 mm


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