Convertible Rear Armrests

Convertible A-Body Mopar

  1. Jim Kueneman

    Jim Kueneman FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Hi,

    I am talking with ABC Mopart in Kingman Az about rear armrests for A-Body convertibles and they are asking if all of them had the ash tray insert and if there was a difference between Valiant and Dart. Can anyone enlighten me so we can get some of these repoped!

    I'm interested in early A but first question is are they all the same from '63 up?

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
  2. 64conv65hard

    64conv65hard FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    My 64 Valiant Convertible has ashtrays in the rear armrests.
     
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    • Stephen Mulkey

      Stephen Mulkey FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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      I have a set from a 65 Canadian Signet/Dart with ashtrays in them.
       
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      • Dana67Dart

        Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

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        If your armrests snap in with tabs (spring metal) I would recommend that you have them built with a more flexible steel then what they use for the 67 to 69 dart rear convert arm rests.
        I bought a set and one of the spring tabs snapped before it got into the slots (and yes I do know how to install them, I have had the OEM in and out many times)

        This is OEM

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        They replaced the part, which was great. Trouble is the replacement did the same thing.

        I ended up making my own clips from mild steel and haven't had any troubles.

        My clips on ABCs part
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        My belief is the spring steel they are using is just too brittle, doesn't allow for enough flex before the metal is past it's elastic limit.

        Just my 2 cents
         
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        • USMC67DART

          USMC67DART Senior Member

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          The molded sides that rapped around the rear seat had the ash tray. Behind the the ash tray were 2 slots for the spring loaded arm rest to snap into so the arm rest did not have ash trays
           
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          • Dana67Dart

            Dana67Dart The parts you don't add don't cause you no trouble FABO Gold Member

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            I think you are referring to 67 to 69

            OP is talking 63 to 66,

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            Production would cost less if the ash trays are deleted.
            Longer pads to delete the rear ash trays in my 67 vert is a project within a project.
            Good luck to all.
             
          • JimMac

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            My 65 Canadian custom 100 Valiant convertible has ash trays in the arm rests. When painting the interior parts I painted the arm rests and I had a roll of vinyl Chrome so I covered the top of the ashtrays and put them back in. They will never be opened as the rest of the ashtray is missing.
             
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            The 64 Dart GT Verts I've been looking to buy have all had ashtrays in the rear arm rests. Don't know if it is a GT upgrade.
             
          • Ryan Hoelzer

            Ryan Hoelzer Well-Known Member

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            Any traction on getting them made?
             
          • Jim Kueneman

            Jim Kueneman FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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            I have not checked. You should contact them (anyone who wants them should) to show there is a market.
             
          • Jim Kueneman

            Jim Kueneman FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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            These should be in stock sometime this fall.
             
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            Hi Jim I have a spare pair but I’m in Australia if you want them
             
          • Jim Kueneman

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            I’m getting mine recovered. After I removed them I realized they are simple to restore as they are not like the fronts and have expanded foam to form them.
             
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