Chevrolet Full-size Cars 1968-1978 Repair Guide

Front Door Panels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the two-piece door trim



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Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the door trim panel



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Fig. Fig. 3 Behind the scenes view of removing the window crank handle retaining clip



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Fig. Fig. 4 Shroud side or kick panel finishing trim



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Fig. Fig. 5 Slide the window crank handle tool between the door panel and the window crank handle



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Fig. Fig. 6 Push down on the tool and pop the clip free of the crank handle, then ...



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Fig. Fig. 7 ... remove the crank handle and scuff plate from the door panel



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Fig. Fig. 8 If so equipped, pop off these decorative covers ...



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Fig. Fig. 9 ... and, using a screwdriver, ...



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Fig. Fig. 10 ... remove these screws from the door pull handle



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Fig. Fig. 11 Remove the screws attaching the armrest to the door panel



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Fig. Fig. 12 Slide the armrest back, then lift up on the rear of the armrest to disengage its attaching tang



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Fig. Fig. 13 Now remove the screws under the armrest which hold the trim to the door panel



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Fig. Fig. 14 Also loosen the screws along the bottom of the trim panel, ...



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Fig. Fig. 15 ... and remove the screws-a magnetic screwdriver may come in handy



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Fig. Fig. 16 Remove the trim panel by tilting and turning it to clear the door opening handle



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Fig. Fig. 17 Use a door panel removal tool to unfasten the door panel snap-locks along the edges of the door panel



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Fig. Fig. 18 Once the panel is free from the door, lift up to remove the door panel



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Fig. Fig. 19 Front door hardware (panel removed) for 1977 Caprice-other years are similar

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the door handles and the locking knob from the inside of the doors. If equipped with remote control mirrors, remove the remote mirror escutcheon, then disengage the end of the mirror control cable from the escutcheon.
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If equipped with door pull handles, remove the screws through the handle into the door inner panel.

  1. If equipped with a switch cover plate in the door armrest, remove the cover plate screws, then disconnect the switches and the cigar lighter, if equipped from the electrical harness.
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  3. If equipped with an integral armrest, remove the screws inserted through the pull cup into the armrest hanger support. If equipped with an armrest applied after the door trim installation, remove the armrest-to-inner panel screws.
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  5. If equipped with two-piece trim panels, disengage the retainer clips from the front and the rear of the upper trim panel, using tool No. BT-7323A, then lift the upper door trim and slide it slightly rearward to disengage it from the door inner panel at the beltline.
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If equipped with electric switches in the door trim panel, disconnect the electrical connectors from the switch assembly.

  1. Along the upper edge of the lower trim panel, remove the mounting screws. At the lower edge of the panel, insert tool No. BT-7323A between the inner panel and the trim panel, then disengage the retaining clips from around the outer perimeter. To remove the lower panel, push the panel down and outward to disengage it from the door.
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If equipped with courtesy lights, disconnect the wiring harness.

  1. If equipped with an insulator pad glued to the door inner panel, remove the pad with a putty knife by separating it from the inner panel.
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  3. To install, reverse the removal service removal procedures.
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