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Chirco.com DIY: Easy Peasy Molding and Cheezy.

Our little series of things the non-mechanic can do to improve the look of his or her aircooledvehicle continues.

In this installment we’re going to do a pretty easy, non expensive upgrade that really does make a difference.  Many of us have trim/molding on our cars that has seen the wrong side of shopping carts, or the door edges of the cars that park too close to our precious babies.  In some ways that is the purpose of the molding, but much like Bluto….after getting hit in the nose more times than it would like, your molding is probably ready for a change, so….let’s do this.

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This is a shot of my molding changing kit.  The seven piece molding kit is one of the 2 types we carry for an early bug.  Note the procedure for later model bugs is different.  We will get into that as we go along.  I also ordered the clips and rubber boots from my friendly Chirco counter rep Ruben.  As usual he was fast and friendly and really didn’t mind my 37 questions for such a simple thing….he’s a cool cat.  I picked up the rubber bondo scrapers from a local auto parts store.  Joe Chirco told me to get them as they make a part of the removal really easy and a lot more gentle on your car.  The Vaseline is also a tip, this time from senior mechanic John “Been 3 years and still won’t give me a man-hug” Bol.  We will cover it’s application shortly.

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Here’s a good look at why I need to change my  molding.  This particular dent came during a heroic rescue of a doe eyed puppy from a well on Edmond’s property “Wild Wind” in Pine Valley. …don’t ask…I do that….rescue puppies I mean.  ????   Actually it’s probably one of many grocery store proximity violations that just happen over the course of time.

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Step 1…gotta take the  molding off the car.  The  molding is just snapped into place with these little clips and you could get a screwdriver and pry them off.  That would however probably scratch your paint and even if your car doesn’t have a decent finish, why do that?  How would you feel if someone pried your glasses off with a screwdriver?!…I know right?.  Joe suggested I get a bondo scraper for this.

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It was pretty easy.  I just gently shoved the scraper with a teeny portion of my might and popped the  molding out of the holes it’s clips were snapped into.

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Now, John “I like the movie Grosse Point Blank” Bol also said Popsicle sticks that are sharpened to a flat head on a grinder work good too.  I’m sure there are many things you can use actually,  just don’t scratch your paint if you don’t have to.

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Here’s a look after I got all the  molding off.  Took about 7 minutes because I was dancing to a cool song by target=”_blank”>Katdelic and I wasted like 5 minutes.

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I went inside and grabbed a scrub brush just to clean off some of the dirt and wha-tnot that was trapped behind the  molding.

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Next I grabbed the rubber boots.  Imagine my surprise when I poured them out of the pack and they just randomly landed like this!

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Once again, pretty easy.  I just popped the boots into the holes.  I was careful to not push the edges through.

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Here’s the pieces of  molding .  I’m not doing the nose piece because mine was replaced after my accident a couple years ago and it’s in pretty great shape.  My buddy Mike did an amazing job on my car btw.  Forever grateful.  ????

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Here’s where the Vaseline comes in.  This was yet another John “G-thang Baby” Bol tip.  By putting just a little  lubricant, or Wienersliden as Chirco’s old mechanic Jackson (R.I.P) used to call it on the end of the clip, it will help prevent the clip from catching onto and pushing the boot into panel. (They fall into Neverland…you NEVER get them back!)

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More easy peasy…just line up the clips and pop them into the boots.  I’m told on later bugs the clips go on the car and the molding snaps over them.  It’s a different procedure but I’m told it’s still easy.

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It’s important to note that there is a left side and a right side to the  molding .  The pieces are slightly curved so lay them out first so you don’t accidentally put them on the wrong side and have to pop them off and do it all over again…like I will not admit that I had to do on this one.  ????

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There are also open ended and rounded ended pieces…be careful…visually fit the pieces then pop them in.

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The drivers side went on pretty good.

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Then a tremendous wind storm came through and created a target=”_blank”> Molding-nado and I was screaming “Oh the human manatee!”  Then I went ahead and did the other side.

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Not too shabby.

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It really makes a difference!  target=”_blank”>Cool!

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There ya have it.  Total time minus Katdelic and Molding-nado goofing off…about 10 minutes.

For the low cost, low time, big return….pretty cool thing that helps your car look better.
You can give Chirco a call at 800-955-9795 if you have any questions.

Yay!

-TC

Chirco Reviews

James Mundy
James Mundy
17:37 09 Nov 20
Joe and his shop is a honest business, they will work with you and do what they say. Wonderful environment and wonderful gentleman that work there. All your volkswagen needs are here.
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
07:37 06 Nov 20
👍✌️🚘🚘Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks. Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! ✌️👍🚎🚙
Rick Adams
Rick Adams
19:27 03 Nov 20
First time working on air cooled motors, Joe explained everything to me and got me all the correct parts and tools I needed. Great bunch of guys ! Machine shop guys was great also!
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
16:43 20 Oct 20
Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks. Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! ✌️👍🚎🚙
Bill Ridenour
Bill Ridenour
20:54 27 Sep 20
Very knowledgeable parts people. They have everything one needs for a vintage VW.
Art Emser
Art Emser
15:25 12 Sep 20
best selection of aircooled vw parts in town. Also try Bugs n buggies if they dont have what you need
Lewis Mitchell
Lewis Mitchell
22:08 10 Sep 20
They have better availability on parts for 50 year old cars than some chain auto parts stores have on last year's cars. If you want stock replacement or to customize your bug go here.
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
10:08 06 Sep 20
Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks. Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! ✌️
michael mcconnell
michael mcconnell
02:42 04 Jul 20
Awesome company! FedEx misplaced my order for a couple weeks and the owner himself called me to resolve the issue when it wasn't even their fault! They definitely have me as a customer from here on out. Thank you!
lhopf32 .
lhopf32 .
16:28 03 Jul 20
Chirco's staff have been great! Being a new Bug owner, I really appreciate the time they take to answer all my questions.
rocco lindsell
rocco lindsell
02:24 24 Jun 20
Great prices and awesome customer service.
Original X Man
Original X Man
22:25 26 May 20
I want to start off by giving a big THANKS to the Chirco staff. I have only had my Baja a little over a month now but they all have been very helpful in everything I’ve needed. If I didn’t understand something they explained it very well. I took the Baja from something that hadn’t run in two years or so and got it moving again, I couldn’t have done it with the help from them and the extensive parts selection they have.
2047tommy thompson
2047tommy thompson
02:24 25 May 20
Love this place. They have everything you need for VW air cooled engines
Brent Engelhart
Brent Engelhart
18:03 02 May 20
Best shop in town know what they are talking about and getting my big road ready love these guys and will continue to shop local.
Al Smith
Al Smith
01:46 09 Mar 20
Have purchased thousands of dollars of engine parts, brake parts, transaxle assembles and front end assembles. Great place to purchase your VW components. All of my parts were right on point. Were shipped to my to my delivery point. Can't go wrong with this business!!! Al
Derrick Ian
Derrick Ian
23:45 06 Jan 20
They have always had exactly what I have needed from my 1965 Baja, to my 1974 super, always willing to give advice, the staff knows their stuff, and they have a large stockpile of parts, the only place I get my VW parts.
James Horner
James Horner
22:41 21 Dec 19
Awesome place! They have everything for the old school VW! Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable!
David Taylor
David Taylor
18:27 20 Dec 19
These guys really know their stuff. Joe is very understanding and so are all of his staff..Highly recommended for anything to do with VW Bug parts!
John Konieczny
John Konieczny
17:43 14 Dec 19
Awesome service have all the parts you need
John Konieczny
John Konieczny
17:43 14 Dec 19
Awesome service have all the parts you need
Jessika McCoy
Jessika McCoy
19:44 19 Oct 19
They are so friendly and knowledgeable at Chirco! Definitely recommend for anyone who needs parts and great service.
Scott Woodburn
Scott Woodburn
20:34 16 Oct 19
These guys were great. Frank took almost two hours find the right parts I needed. Will definitely be going back for more parts and expertise.
J T W
J T W
05:32 24 Sep 19
These guys are great and very helpful! Prices are fair and parts are quality.
steve mcdaniel
steve mcdaniel
03:44 27 Aug 19
The best place to get your VW repaired..
steve mcdaniel
steve mcdaniel
03:44 27 Aug 19
The best place to get your VW repaired..
Logn Carter
Logn Carter
05:19 20 Aug 19
Great service, reliable and very fast. I was in and out in about 10 minutes even when I ordered quite a bit.
Sandy Edens
Sandy Edens
14:49 09 Aug 19
I went here for a Volkswagen car show also wslked around in store very clean lots of parts and employees were awesome
Sandy Edens
Sandy Edens
14:49 09 Aug 19
I went here for a Volkswagen car show also wslked around in store very clean lots of parts and employees were awesome
Mike Baldwin
Mike Baldwin
19:22 21 Jun 19
Front end rebuild, windshield replacement was a good experience with one of the best shops I’ve been to. Safety issues were found and resolved on my 1954 VW. John, you’re the best!
Mike Baldwin
Mike Baldwin
19:22 21 Jun 19
Front end rebuild, windshield replacement was a good experience with one of the best shops I’ve been to. Safety issues were found and resolved on my 1954 VW. John, you’re the best!
Mary & Terry Toth
Mary & Terry Toth
17:21 25 May 19
Very good people to work with they really know there stuff I recommend highly Terry & Mary
George Russell
George Russell
17:30 23 May 19
Regardless of whatever else I've had for cars I've always had at least one VW. Reliable and easy to work on. Chirco is without question the best place around Tucson to get quality VW parts and service.
joe gardner
joe gardner
19:38 07 May 19
i live in hawaii and its hard to get parts. the guys at chirco has made my experience much easier.. thank you guys.
Kurt van opstal
Kurt van opstal
02:57 01 May 19
I buy some times parts from. Them. For. My company fun buggy, Punta cana, Dominican Republic. Making tours with beach buggy's. I like there good service and quick shipping
Jeremy Mate
Jeremy Mate
20:13 07 Apr 19
I love chirco Automotive, great people, great shop and awesome showroom!!
Jason
Jason
23:37 27 Mar 19
Awesome people!!! And they have had everything I've needed so far
Doninik L
Doninik L
05:01 17 Mar 19
Best place in Tucson to get you vw fix. They are knolagable and can help you out with just about anything you need
Britten Rosenberg
Britten Rosenberg
00:32 10 Mar 19
Being a VW onwer and live very close buy I have been there a lot. Staff is very knowledgeable and are very friendly. Joe the owner is a good guy and will help you get what you need.
Robert Barracco
Robert Barracco
04:07 03 Mar 19
Nice people Quick Service had what I needed very good experience
Tim Miller
Tim Miller
20:33 10 Feb 19
Great service, very helpful staff. Great prices.
Randy Best
Randy Best
00:26 16 Jan 19
Old aircooled dub paradise. I restore old VWs and this place always has what I need.
Adam Kowalczyk
Adam Kowalczyk
20:41 08 Jan 19
Plenty of V W dune buggy parts, and lots of knowledge.
Peter Sollenbarger
Peter Sollenbarger
02:35 08 Dec 18
Joe Chirco is a great guy with a great team to help him out. they are very knowledgeable about all VW and more.
Keith Rae
Keith Rae
19:02 18 Oct 18
Awesome place. Great staff. Usually have what you need
Dillon Faulkner
Dillon Faulkner
21:43 26 Apr 18
Plethora of parts for any buggy needs. Y’all are dumb if you can’t figure out what your own toy needs to get up and running. Can’t blame a parts store for your ignorance.
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