Shape of center windshield trim piece

Looking for some information about the configuration of the inside, center, trim piece for my XK120FHC windshield.

This is an early car, 1952, which has a windshield with the three piece trim set on the outside, and a five piece trim set on the inside. I’ve got everything but the center piece on the inside. I bought one from Moss and just received it, but no way can what they sent me be right. What I got was just a 5/8" by 14" piece of 16 ga aluminum.(And cost $54). Pretty sure this is not what is suppose to go there, but they can’t tell me anything. I’m pretty sure I can build one if I know what it looks like. Dimensions would be nice, but I can probably do with a good picture of what the piece looks like.

Interestingly enough just now I am making up one of the exterior pieces for my 52 FHC, just ordered the brass from McMaster. The one on my car was overtightened and bent. It is made from brass bar stock 5/16" high by 1/4" wide and 15 3/4" long.

The inside steel piece is omega shaped with two long flats and closes up the space between the windscreen glasses. That will be a little more challenging to replicate as mine is being chromed right now so not available to measure. I should have it back in a couple weeks if nobody else comes up with the details.

These are in my car 679187 built Nov '51 which still has the original headliner.


Hmm, looks like I took these on Christmas day 15 years ago. Somebody else must have asked about it.

Thanks for the info. I think I should be able to fabricate a replacement. If you could, when you get the the piece back from chrome, could you give me the dimensions of the piece? Primarily the overall width and the radius of the center rib.

Thanks again,
Jim

Hi Jim, this is from my car (Feb 1952 FHC), nicely rechromed waiting to go back together. It is 403mm long, width 25mm. The radius of the centre rib is 8.8mm external and 6.0mm internal (a little tolerance is needed here as due to the shape it isn’t that easy to measure), wall width 1.4mm.

Hopefully the photo illustrates that the “flat” pieces aren’t actually flat but match the angle of the windscreens each side.

The 3 mounting holes match up to the slots in the central pillar, which I assume you have. If not I can provide the measurements.

David,

Thanks so much… That’s exactly what I need. I was just on the phone with Moss describing what the part looked like to make sure they didn’t have it. Would really prefer to pay for the thing than spend the time it’s going to take to make one, but doesn’t look like they do. My luck generally is that they’ll find one just about the time I get it built.

Thanks again, you’re a life saver.

Jim

David,

I’ve created the tooling to form this piece and was wondering if it would be possible to send you a sample to check against the original you have. I see you’re in England so it might take a few days, but I’d like to verify what I have is close.

If you’re agreeable, you can post your information here, or contact me at jearsley@aol.com.

Thanks
Jim

I have my dash cover off for another reason, and decided to take out this trim piece to measure it.
overall length 15-27/32"
width 1-3/64"
height 5/16"
width of hump 23/64"
material thickness .063"
hole diameter 11/64"
hole spacing 1-1/8" from end, 6-3/4", 6-3/4", 1-1/4" from other end
holes are a little bit oval like they may have been filed out to fit, and are countersunk for a slotted oval head screw
Mine is slightly different from David’s in that it is flat.





Bob,

Thanks for the details. Makes me pretty confident in the part I’ve fabricated.

Is interesting that yours is flat. It would look like David’s would fit the windshield a little better as there is an angle between them, but you’d probably have to have a really good eye to ever notice it. It also looks like his has some slight dimensional differences also, but fairly minor.

Jim

Possibly they improved it after mine was made in steel, as I believe David’s and Tom’s cars are later, and I see Tom’s is made of brass, wish mine had been.

Had another question about mounting the trim pieces. I know the outside trim is attached with 6-40 flathead screws, but not sure about the inside trim. Can anyone tell me if it uses machine or sheet metal flat head screws, and what size?

Jim

Hi Jim,
The threads in the three outside brass trim pieces, including the center strip, are actually 4BA threads. 6-40 machine screws can be forced into place but I opted to buy correct stainless screws from British Fasteners. I also bought a tap to clear the threads after I had the trim pieces plated. Rob, all my interior pieces are steel, like yours and Jim’s. I am having them chrome plated now, they were rusted and pitted so I’m having them filled and copper nickel chrome plated at great expense. They are hard to find since they rust so badly. Wray Schelin has made a few sets out of brass for a couple people I know, and offered to make me a set for $1000, not including the omega shaped center strip. Mine looked salvageable after that.

My center outside chrome strip was overtightened and bent and cracked at the lower screw hole so I am making a new one from 360 brass that I ordered from McMaster, just arrived on Friday. originals are scarce as hen’s teeth.