Eliminating body trim

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I am soon purchasing a 1987 mk3 supra. I am looking for a way to either completely remove or fill the area in with something painted to match the car. Any help is welcome
 
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For the front of the fender, you may have to leave the trim, or else get really creative putting in the marker lights again. Same with the rear corners. These will have to have a gap as well, since you don't want to join the bumper covers to the quarters or fenders. I'd probably weld metal to the fenders/quarters to do it "right" but this could be done with good fibreglass and bondo work as well. (This would still be attached to the steel, or the seam line is going to look goofy.)

For the rear of the fenders and the doors, you'll want to weld in metal. You COULD fill the trough with bondo or fibreglass if you live somewhere that the temperature never changes more than 15 degrees, but since most of us don't, you'll want the welded in metal.

For the front of the quarters (Between the back of the door and the rear wheel wells) you'll need a seam line again, since the flares at the front of the rear wheels are plastic pieces that should still remain removeable. Here, I'd use polycarbonate plastic and extend the plastic piece from the bottom. This will be a bit out of line with the other seam lines, but will be isolated enough to pass.

Other than that, I'd suggest a search. Try "shave trim Mk3" -- that seems to come up with decent results.
 

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search for BIC performance, Randy shaved all of the trim on his car. He did it properly, all welded metal.

not my taste, I like the body lines with the trim, but if it's done the right way it can make the car look nice. if it's done improperly, you will be ridiculed and forever banned from the internet.
 

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Just save yourself a lot of time, headaches, money and embarrassment and have the trim painted to match the body
 

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The car was designed around that trim, so without it, it looks...odd.
 

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The car was designed around that trim, so without it, it looks...odd.
This..



It looks fine as the door goes but under the tail lights and center tail garnish and the ousides of the front signal lights looks stupid. There is no way to avoid the oddness of it.

I hope I was here on time to save another MKIII from a horrible death
 

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This..





It looks fine as the door goes but under the tail lights and center tail garnish and the ousides of the front signal lights looks stupid. There is no way to avoid the oddness of it.

I hope I was here on time to save another MKIII from a horrible death
o_O Dear God, that owner should drive that thing off a cliff.
-AM3
 

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What I don't like about it is that there's no way to remove the bumper covers, fenders, panels or other parts when you do that. Just having the seam showing - as it's supposed to - would look better, IMO.
 

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This..





It looks fine as the door goes but under the tail lights and center tail garnish and the ousides of the front signal lights looks stupid. There is no way to avoid the oddness of it.

I hope I was here on time to save another MKIII from a horrible death

I dont think it was just the trim that makes it look weird bro..... Jus sayin......
 

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Since you're a new owner and you might not know this, the 89-92 models came with nicer looking plastic trim that fits on the older 87-88 models and replaces the metal backed plastic trim. It also weights less. You should swap the tail lights to get the full effect, but you don't have to. I didn't on mine. Look at the pictures in my signature link to see the updated trim on my 87.
 

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Just so you know, it can be done right....





This was becauseican's car from BIC Performance. I don't know the details on how he did it, but it came out looking really nice.
 

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Well, I'll say that I do like the silver one, but I'm a fan of an understated look.

I think that it looks a little stockier, and a bit more aggressive. the simple 5 spoke wheels in a complementary colour accentuate the look, without making it look like it's trying too hard.
 

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The BIC car is nice looking, but somehow just looks unfinished. Like a painting of the Mona Lisa with no mouth.
 

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The mk3 looks naked without trim. Not that I don't appreciate good body work for a unique look but, like destrux said, it looks unfinished.
 

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It's definitely a preference thing, I could honestly go either way on the look. I think some of it comes down to the colour of the car as well.
 

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Haven't seen one proper looking MK3 with shaved trim. To pull it off properly, the front and rear bumpers would have to be molded to the car.


Bottom line: the moldings are part of the MK3's character. (Just like how the flip-up lights are part of the MK3's character.)
 

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the BIC car is undoubtedly the best looking car with this modification.... still can't shake the feeling that something is wrong/missing when looking @ it
 

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Haven't seen one proper looking MK3 with shaved trim. To pull it off properly, the front and rear bumpers would have to be molded to the car.
That's what the guy with the blue car did. I don't like that though.
 

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How about the fiber glass trim from retro spec? Fiberglass should be much easier to paint and work with then the stock rubber trim. I remember that there were some members on hear who had some problems with the guys at retro spec but I don't remember the details. Maby the guys at shine auto would make you a set, It never hurts to ask.
 

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How about the fiber glass trim from retro spec? Fiberglass should be much easier to paint and work with then the stock rubber trim. I remember that there were some members on hear who had some problems with the guys at retro spec but I don't remember the details. Maby the guys at shine auto would make you a set, It never hurts to ask.
Making trim is not something Shine would do.
 

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The car was designed around that trim, so without it, it looks...odd.
Kind of like a 240sx.

o_O Dear God, that owner should drive that thing off a cliff.
-AM3
Speaking of things that look like a 240sx, this one does, and will probably be treated like one, so hey, your suggestion just might happen eventually. :p
 

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this will never look right.. it's just too integral to the design, and the cars body lines are too sharp for it to look good.

that aside, the door is really what makes it super out of place, the front and rear fender areas don't bother me too much.
 

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The door and rear fenders bother me the most. Especially where the bumper attaches. It just looks so wrong and out of place.. Ugh. And the gap between the bumper and tail lights..

Keep the trim!!!!!!!!!