Mustang Rocker Panel Molding with Clips (1967-1968) Installation Instructions

1. The car in this install originally had Mustang Rocker Panel Moldings, so the holes were already in place on the rocker panel, though two holes did have to be drilled in the fender. If your car does not have holes in the rocker, you will need to drill them. There are a total of six clips, with two holes per clip, and then a single hole near the wheel opening for the front clip. The holes require a 1/8-inch drill bit.
2. Use a clip as a template to drill each pair of holes. On my car, the top of the clips are about 1/8-inch below the top edge of the rocker panel, and the clips are spaced approximately 12.5-inches from an edge of the clip to the same edge of the next clip. The rear clip was spaced approximately 2-3-inches from the quarter panel wheel opening. The single hole for the front clip is approximately 3/4-1-inch back from the Mustang fender wheel well opening. It is a good idea to tape all clips in place and do a test fit by holding the molding up next to the clips to ensure the clips are located correctly.
3. The clip is oriented as shown in the picture below. The slotted hole goes to the bottom. The bottom of the clip is also shaped differently than the top of the clip. There is a small tab on the top and bottom of the clip. Many people assume the molding is supposed to go behind this tab but that is incorrect! The tab sits between the molding and the Mustang outer rocker panel and protects the paint from getting scratched by the molding.
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4. The following photo shows how the molding snaps to the clip. It is helpful to practice this way once for your understanding of how the molding snaps onto the clips. Insert the top end of the clip into the molding first. Then the bottom end of the clip snaps into place.
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5. Rivet a clip into place, making sure the bottom hole is the slotted hole, with an 1/8-inch rivet gun and the supplied 1/8-inch rivets in the clip kit.
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6. Rivet the rest of the clips on.
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7. You will have to get creative to figure out how to locate the holes to drill in the Mustang fender if they are non-existent. The original holes in my fenders must have got filled in at some point, but the hole by the wheel well was there. I mounted the front clip and ran a piece of string from the top of a clip on the rocker panel to the front clip on the molding, and then ran the piece of string from the bottom of the same clip to the bottom of a clip on the rocker panel. Then I lined up the new clip in between the strings to ensure vertical alignment with the adjacent clips.
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8. The front clip attaches to the Mustang rocker panel molding prior to installation. First install the bolt into the clip. The square tab on the bolt sits against the bottom of the clip, and the bolt head sits in the square cutout in the clip. Next set the top of the clip into the molding, then snap the bottom end in. This clip also has tabs that go in between the molding and paint. You may need to gently tap the clip as far forward as you can with a soft mallet or hammer.
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9. Bolt the front clip to the fender first, using a 7/16-inch wrench to tight the nut. Do not over tighten as this can crack the paint or damage the clip. Set the molding on top of the rest of the clips, then carefully press against the bottom of the molding at each clip to snap it in place. The Mustang Rocker Panel Moldings are now installed.
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