Can someone please tell me how to install the rocker panel moldings?

1968 -1970 Mopars

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    I have the old clips still on the car (see photo) and bought a new set since some were missing. The top and bottom of the clips are right up against the body. So, it looks like I need to slide something thin behind the top and bottom of the clips one at a time to get them to clip into the aluminum molding.

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    Well, If ya feel lucky, when the cars were new and rocker moldings were $25.00 for the pair
    we put them over the clips and made sure they were lined up. Use your flat palm and tap it on all
    the way down! Dat's it! Now, if the new moldings are made of thinner, less stiff material, then you
    may have a slight problem. But, That's the way it's done. Be Careful!
     
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      That would work fine but the problem is the tiny part on the top and bottom that locks into the molding is flush against the rocker panel. If it were sticking out a bit your method would certainly work just fine.
       
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      Once the molding lip gets past "center", it will click on. Oh, and I forgot to say,
      put one complete side on the clip right up against the rocker panel first, then
      you only have to work on one side. It takes two people. It's all coming back to
      me now! (I Hope!) I've read a lot of posts that say that the new clips don't hold
      onto the moldings like the stock ones, so use as many of the old ones that you
      can.
       
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        I dis a set of repops on a 69 a few years ago. First, the repops suck. Thin.
        I took a thin wedge trim remover tool and put two thin pieces of cardboard under the bottom of the clips to male them stick out a hair. Leave a few inches on the bottom so I could get them out. Have an extra set of eyes and hands. Put the trim on the bottom of the clips, pull up, and with as gentle pressure snap them over the top. When your done, just pull the cardboard out the bottom.

        Patience, grasshopper. Patience makes it work.
         
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          The post above explains it well...it is no easy task and something one would think would take ten minutes can take hours and stressful.....

          I went through the similar hassle with the side molding on my X.......
           
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            on my 66 i cut up a milk jug and put little pieces of plastic under the clips
             
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              Thanks for the input, guys. I'll get some help and try the cardboard/plastic trick.

              BTW, these have a bolt at the front on each side. I assume that goes on first to hold the molding on until the clips get seated.


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              Well, I could not determine how the black clips with the nuts go on so I just used an extra white clip. Apparently, I was overthinking it a bit. The thin tabs on the top and bottom I was concerned about clicking in don't actually hold anything. They are there to protect the paint and barely show, if at all, after the molding snaps into place. I got both sides on in about 30 minutes taking my time and taping things off, working by myself. I just started at the front, attached the bottom to the clip then smacked the top of the molding onto the top of the clip with my palm. I then went right down the line like that with the rest.

              I had a few that were stubborn and needed help snapping all the way in. So, I used a small plastic trim tool and pried behind the part of the clip that was not cooperating then gave the molding another smack with the hand and Bob's your uncle.

              The "old clips" that were on there when I bought the car were older repops and not original. However, they are different than the set I bought. The photos show a small rubber O-ring on the "old clips" and none on the newest ones.

              Thanks for all the suggestions.

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                  So how do they best come off the car in the first place?
                   
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                  Very carefully. Seriously, it's been over 2 years and (IIRC) I think I just pried them off with a plastic trim tool.
                   
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