2002-05 Thunderbird front windshield chrome reveal

""The Top Molding is - 3w6z-7650046-aa 83.11, the left side is - 3w6z-7603137-ba 94.25 and the right side is - 3w6z-7603136-ba 94.25. From Mike Magsig atTousley Ford Parts 1-800-328-9552 or 651-288-1562


"If you have not done this type of thing before then it can be a bit un-nerving. The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be popped off. Then you need some deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed the stainless exterior moldings. Once the small bolts are removed then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side stainless molding first and then the center piece”


pop off the interior molding to expose studs projecting through frame . loosen the metric nuts and slip off the chrome surround do all in reverse to reattach. REPLACE:

The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be removed. The interior A-pillar moldings pull out and back towards you. Use deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed to the chrome exterior moldings, put a piece of tape in the socket to prevent the nut from falling out. beside the two nuts, there is a screw on the bottom of them outside. Once the small bolts are removed and the screws then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side chrome moldings first and then the center piece. Pull the header molding dawn to get to the nuts.
 
""The Top Molding is - 3w6z-7650046-aa 83.11, the left side is - 3w6z-7603137-ba 94.25 and the right side is - 3w6z-7603136-ba 94.25. From Mike Magsig atTousley Ford Parts 1-800-328-9552 or 651-288-1562


"If you have not done this type of thing before then it can be a bit un-nerving. The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be popped off. Then you need some deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed the stainless exterior moldings. Once the small bolts are removed then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side stainless molding first and then the center piece”


pop off the interior molding to expose studs projecting through frame . loosen the metric nuts and slip off the chrome surround do all in reverse to reattach. REPLACE:

The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be removed. The interior A-pillar moldings pull out and back towards you. Use deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed to the chrome exterior moldings, put a piece of tape in the socket to prevent the nut from falling out. beside the two nuts, there is a screw on the bottom of them outside. Once the small bolts are removed and the screws then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side chrome moldings first and then the center piece. Pull the header molding dawn to get to the nuts.
Thanks for your help. Got it done.
 
""The Top Molding is - 3w6z-7650046-aa 83.11, the left side is - 3w6z-7603137-ba 94.25 and the right side is - 3w6z-7603136-ba 94.25. From Mike Magsig atTousley Ford Parts 1-800-328-9552 or 651-288-1562


"If you have not done this type of thing before then it can be a bit un-nerving. The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be popped off. Then you need some deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed the stainless exterior moldings. Once the small bolts are removed then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side stainless molding first and then the center piece”


pop off the interior molding to expose studs projecting through frame . loosen the metric nuts and slip off the chrome surround do all in reverse to reattach. REPLACE:

The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be removed. The interior A-pillar moldings pull out and back towards you. Use deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed to the chrome exterior moldings, put a piece of tape in the socket to prevent the nut from falling out. beside the two nuts, there is a screw on the bottom of them outside. Once the small bolts are removed and the screws then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side chrome moldings first and then the center piece. Pull the header molding dawn to get to the nuts.
 

COB

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I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the chrome reveal for my 2002 Ford Thunderbird. I want to replace all three pieces. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Moderator Note: Instructions here- 2002 Thunderbird front windshield chrome reveal
Purchase windshield chrome pieces here
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Not cheapness hard to find. Mine was all corroded. You have to remove the hardware on the inside that covers the nuts that hold the Crome on. Go to a glass/windshield dealer and ask for help. I bought a complete dealer tech manual that is specifically for my bird. It has all my data. Serial #, gears, I mean everything. I can get you info to get one.
 
I just replaced mine on a 2005. It’s easy to do. Just pop off the plastic moldings surrounding the inside of the windshield. There are three pieces. This reveals the bolts that hold the reveal moldings. I think there are two each on the sides and four on the top. Use a deep socket to remove nuts. The three reveals come right off. Put new ones on. Done.
 

Pelagic

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I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the chrome reveal for my 2002 Ford Thunderbird. I want to replace all three pieces. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Moderator Note: Instructions here- 2002 Thunderbird front windshield chrome reveal
Purchase windshield chrome pieces here
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Helpful hints:
1. You do have to removed the inside trim and the nuts from both side reveal parts even if you are just replacing the top one.
2. AND use a piece of tape in your deep socket to hold those nuts, or you WILL lose them inside the structure.
3. If you lose the nuts, the heads on standard nuts that fit the same thread require a larger socket - which WILL NOT fit into the tiny original holes for those side ones.
Ask me how I know................... :-|
 
Just did this. Let me emphasize that you MUST have a deep dish socket of 8mm. i know, stupid me. Thought I could get around that but not with the side posts. Possibly 7/32 will work. I had to borrow one from my local mechanic. Pics will follow.
 
""The Top Molding is - 3w6z-7650046-aa 83.11, the left side is - 3w6z-7603137-ba 94.25 and the right side is - 3w6z-7603136-ba 94.25. From Mike Magsig atTousley Ford Parts 1-800-328-9552 or 651-288-1562


"If you have not done this type of thing before then it can be a bit un-nerving. The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be popped off. Then you need some deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed the stainless exterior moldings. Once the small bolts are removed then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side stainless molding first and then the center piece”


pop off the interior molding to expose studs projecting through frame . loosen the metric nuts and slip off the chrome surround do all in reverse to reattach. REPLACE:

The interior A-pillar moldings as well as the header moldings have to be removed. The interior A-pillar moldings pull out and back towards you. Use deep dish metric sockets to remove the bolts that are connected to studs that are affixed to the chrome exterior moldings, put a piece of tape in the socket to prevent the nut from falling out. beside the two nuts, there is a screw on the bottom of them outside. Once the small bolts are removed and the screws then the moldings easily come off. You remove the side chrome moldings first and then the center piece. Pull the header molding dawn to get to the nuts.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PARTS I ORDERED WERE NOT CHROMED. PERSONALLY, I LIKE THEM BETTER.
 
Here is what I learned from replacing the reveal (and also what NOT to do):


  1. I ordered the reveal and, unlike my first post, the chrome is exactly the same, i.e. not a dull stainless as I originally thought.
  2. You will need two socket sizes: a. 7/32 and b. 8mm Deep socket.
  3. Other helpful tools are, needle nose pliers, headlamp, flathead screwdriver.
  4. The nuts are flanged on the end. In taking them off, I managed to lose 3 of the original six. So, the replacement nut is…I forgot. However, whatever fits an 8mm socket is what you will need. Oh, recommend three or four extra nuts.
  5. MOST frustrating is realizing that 3/4 of the threads are a smaller size and not till you get to the base of the screws will the 8mm “nut” seat.
  6. When removing the flanged nuts on the posts, be extremely careful as you pull the deep socket out to prevent it from falling down the post - never to be seen of again.
  7. When reattaching the side trim, start at the top and work your way down so that trim will cover the front reveal, preventing it from gapping. The last screw is the 7/32 that attaches to the door frame.
  8. Hot tip: cover the deep socket nut with your thumb. I think you can guess why.
  9. Use care when removing and securing poly trim on posts and header. On the side posts, start at the bottom
  10. There was one hole at the top, right center that required a needle nose pliers to delicately seat. Don’t wanna do that again anytime soon.
  11. Pictures to follow.
 
Changed all 3 pieces on my car a number of years ago. The hardest part is getting the 3 or 4 tiny nuts off the bolts that go through the frame. You’ll need a 1/4 inch drive ratchet set with deep dish sockets. I also recommend putting something in the socket like wax to keep from loosing the nuts down the inside of the frame. Also be extremely careful while removing the inside plastic trim pieces. I would recommend doing this in warmer weather because plastic can be quite brittle in the cold. Just make sure all the plastic tabs line up before lightly tapping inside trim pieces back in place. I saved my old pieces in hopes of having chrome redone. Plus parts are getting harder to find..good luck
 
Changed all 3 pieces on my car a number of years ago. The hardest part is getting the 3 or 4 tiny nuts off the bolts that go through the frame. You’ll need a 1/4 inch drive ratchet set with deep dish sockets. I also recommend putting something in the socket like wax to keep from loosing the nuts down the inside of the frame. Also be extremely careful while removing the inside plastic trim pieces. I would recommend doing this in warmer weather because plastic can be quite brittle in the cold. Just make sure all the plastic tabs line up before lightly tapping inside trim pieces back in place. I saved my old pieces in hopes of having chrome redone. Plus parts are getting harder to find..good luck
EXACTLYI! Wish I thought of that wax idea. The nuts are not magnetic.
 

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