Replacing Door Panel Boards
I am working on a '71 Ford Torino convertible right now that needs the door panel boards replaced. The owner ordered replacement panels that are replicas of the originals to the car, but they did not come with the steel top pieces. These needed to be salvaged from the original door panels and attached to the new door panels. Here is that process.
The first thing to do is to remove the chrome trim ferrule that protects the door locking knob. This is a simple job. All that you need to do is bend out the metal teeth that hold the ferrule on from the back side. I just pry the teeth up with a flat screw driver. Some of these ferrules may not be in good shape, so you may need to replace them, but these are solid and will be re-used. The next step is to remove the weatherstripping from the top edge of the door panel. The strips are held on with staples, so there are two ways to go about this. If you're trying to save the weatherstrips, you need to carefully cut the staples. Because I had new strips to work with, I just basically tore the old strips off and cut the staples out afterward.
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