I am aware of these things im just say original trim seems to be non existent period like the rocker moldings...I figured in places that don't have rust issues they would have at least survived on some but I always see the aftermarket ones"What's With That?" is that these cars are 32 to 37 years old, and most weren't treated very well after they became used cars.
You have to remember that these were $1000 cars at one time, with all that goes along with it. I saw the same thing happen to any number of American Muscle Cars after their prices bottomed out, and before the whole "Collector Car" got really going strong. They got cheap, and were treated as cheap cars with poor or no maintenance, and much abuse.
Japanese "rust proofing" was almost non-existent back then, and one British magazine said these cars would just "dissolve" if allowed to stay wet. I've looked at cars that lived their entire lives at the beach in Southern California, ungaraged, and they all had holes in the body you could stick your fist through. And the cars that lived in desert areas, like mine, have excellent bodies, but the plastic parts used in the interior are just disintegrating in my fingers.
For the seat back chrome, it was 7/16" door edge guard and it doesn't go around the tight bends at the bottom very good without buckling. But I could have sworn somebody posted that they found some side molding that was a dead ringer but then when the subject came up again some years later with somebody else trying to find some, at that point it the conversation turned to all that could be found being too thin. Maybe the original purchaser was over selling what they'd found or maybe it was already out of production.Iirc the stick-on came along around 1994.
And Phil, i think the roll that some purchased and sell in lenght were the the seat chrome back trims.
For the side molding, I've never read about a near perfect match. All aftermarket stuff were all to thin. Some had acceptable width, but thickness has always been the main issue.
have a link? what about the rubber moulding stuff people used can that be purchased too? I wonder what the market would be for reproduction molding?I bought a roll (a couple, actually) of the "seat trim" stuff on eBay. It looks very close to OEM. The "buckling" problem can be reduced using a heat gun as you work it into place, along with a few carefully placed "pinks" cut in the trim where it wraps around the seat back.
Very nice. Where did you get the "new" molding from? Is it NOS, or a make-it-work aftermarket piece?Not sure how much you can tell from this photo, but here it is. On the left is new door molding, and on the right is restored Toyota replacement stick on-molding.