GM Firebird 1967-1981 Repair Guide

Door Panels

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 8

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Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the door panel, unscrew the armrest attaching fasteners ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then remove the armrest from the panel



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the mounting screw, then pull the door handle trim plate off of the panel



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Fig. Fig. 4: Slide the special tool under the window handle so that the handles (arrows) are aligned ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... and pull the window crank handle off of the stud locate the retaining clip for installation



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Fig. Fig. 6: Unscrew the door lock knob ...



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Fig. Fig. 7: ... then disengage the retaining clips and remove the door panel



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Fig. Fig. 8: Once the panel is removed all of the door components can be accessed

  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 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 baseline.
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If equipped with electrical switches in the door trim panel, disengage 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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