my life I have wondered what was under this green vinyl on
the door panels. So I decided to find out. I
also wanted to check out the window mechanism. The
driver's window goes up and down well but the passenger side
is very rough. Both sides rattle a bit too. I
recently scored an entire set of window regulators from
e-Bay. Hopefully I can scavenge any parts I need off
inner window frame and vent window came out first.
Then the door handles and arm rests. Finally I
unsnapped the door panel and found some really nice metal.
In the picture at right you can see the door latch mechanism
on the left. This is connected by a flat rod to the
handle pivot on the upper right of the door.
The square hole shows the bottom of the door track with
the black metal follower that attaches to the door glass.
Also note the two shims on the upper door hinge.
Those shims look like something my Dad would make. I
will have to ask if he did them...
are some shots of the inside of the door. The
picture at left is from the top looking towards the hinge
end of the door. Looks like a TINY amount of
surface rust. I am not happy about that but it does
not seem worth figuring out how to clean and paint the
inside of the door.
The picture on the right shows the adjusting bolts for the
window glass. The backs of these bolts are sliders
trapped in the window track. I dorked with these to
try and get the window to rattle less and track better.
I may have made it worse. It certainly is not much
better. I cleaned and lubricated everything I
could reach inside the door. I also smeared a little
grease on the rustiest metal inside the door.
was a little rust inside the seal channel of the vent
window. Just surface corrosion. I primed it and
painted it. The clips that hold the door panel on were
also pretty rusty. They got wire-brushed (hard on my
fingers), primed and painted. A couple were missing
entirely. I will add them to my want-list of parts.
looks better. In this picture you can see the hole in
the rubber and in the seal channel. When I took
this apart a screw was stuck in there and a nut was barely
hanging on the end of it. The other two were not idea
either. I found new screws and nuts and used
threadlocker to put it all back together.
|Now the vinyl comes off...
Ugh. OK, so it is faded, water-stained, rust-stained,
and moldy. However I really like the style.
I did the best job I could cleaning it up and I will install
the panel without the vinyl. Time to find an
really does not look as nice as I would like. I am
going to have to start researching my options with the
interior. I like that the seats and headliner are
original but the headliner and door panels are very rough.
Next I have to do the same thing to the passenger side...
passenger side time (only two months later!). The
passenger side has three major problems. They are the
green vinyl, a window that operates poorly, and the door
will not stay open on any sort of incline. I will hit
the last problem first. The door strap at
right goes through a rubber damper in the door and ties with
a pin to the door frame. You can see the rubber-lined
slot in the shot at left. The rubber in the slot has
worn to the point where it no longer "grabs". It looks
like someone tried to address the problem by bending the
door strap. I don't see that working. The rubber
in the door is too worn.
is my idea. Using the door strap as a pattern I cut a thin
strip of galvanized steel to the same shape. Then I put a
"bulge" in the part to act as a catch for the door.
end of the strip is trapped by the rubber bumper on the door
strap. The other end I drilled out so the pin on the door
frame will hold it. This works but I am not sure how long
my bulge will last. I may have to prop it up eventually...
vinyl is gone. This is the door panel after cleaning.
This door is in much worse shape than the driver's side.
The fabric is worn very thin with a couple holes. Worse
yet the panel itself is warped and a bit mangled.
But I think it can be saved.
I tackled the window regulator. I decided to remove
everything for cleaning, inspection, and lubrication. A
little persuasion and I had the window out. Here is the
window and the window channel. The channel has two holes
(bottom right in the picture) that bolt to the vertical track in
the window. The long slot is where the window regulator
slides as it pushes the window up and down in the track.
is the vertical track and regulator being cleaned. There
was a lot of gunk in there. The little button on the end
of the regulator arm is what snaps into the slot in the window
are all the cleaned parts. The black washers go on the
sliders in the track to keep the mechanism from rattling around.
The washers appear to be made of leather and are in excellent
fact all the parts seem to be in really good shape. The
only problem I found was with the lower of the two sliders that
ride in the track. It had a groove worn in the side from
Luck for me I have the set of regulators I bought on e-Bay.
The sliders on the e-Bay set had some wear as well but not as
much as this one. I picked out the best of the lot and
used that. I also used the spare set for a lock washer
that was broken on my regulator.
is the regulator and track ready to put back in the car.
The green doughnut is some foam rubber I cut from an old shop
vac filter. There was something similar on the regulator
when I took it out of the car. It was too deteriorated to
see exactly what it looked like but I think it was just a wind
seal to keep air from rushing in around the window crank.
You can also see the sliders and the leather anti-rattle
washers in place. I lubricated everything with white
are two pictures from inside the door. The picture on the
left shows the end of the door strap and the plate the lower
door hinge bolts to. The picture on the right is the
outside corner of the door. You can see another of those
leather washers laying down there. It was probably dropped
when the car was painted 20 years ago. Whoever dropped it
replaced it with a rubber washer. I put it back.
As you can see there is a bit of surface rust but nothing bad
for almost 70 years. I masked off the door and tried to
spray a little paint in here with mixed results.
to re-assemble. I temporarily replaced the inner window
frame and adjusted the window. That was a true hassle.
I also broke a part. See the little hole in the door
right under the chrome strip on the front end of the window?
That hole used to have a rubber button in it to keep that chrome
from rattling against the door. The button was in sorry
shape and my fiddling around broke it.
are the remains of the rubber button. It has a very
strange shape with a very wide head for the size of the mounting
stem. I racked my brains for something to use to replace
it and thought of my little bag of grommets. The grommet
on the right fits well in the hole but it is too small in
diameter to do the job of the button.
is my solution. I took a plastic milk jug and cut a circle
out of it. I then punched a hole in the center and put the
grommet in that. The result is a close match to the old
button. The picture at right shows my contraption
installed in the door.
last step was to re-install the door panel. I had the
clips cleaned and painted but the slots the clips go in are
pretty torn up on this door panel. The shot at right is a
little fuzzy but you can see how the panel is almost torn out
where the clip goes. I was not sure what to do about that
so I took the remains of my handy-dandy milk back out.
cut little strips of plastic to fit under the clips. Maybe
this will help spread the load? Two holes were too torn up
to use again.
is the finished passenger door. I need to find an
upholstery shop and find out what it will take to redo this