Gutting The Doors, The Finale

posted Mar 22, 2013, 9:09 PM by Jonathan Imberi   [ updated Mar 22, 2013, 9:14 PM ]

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Today after work I wanted to finish up the doors so Mario can pick them up tomorrow. I needed to remove the armrest brackets from both driver's side doors so that I could swap them. I started by grinding down the center of the rivets.

Then I drilled through the centers.

The bracket is loose.

I repeated the same process for the original drivers' door.

Here you can see the differences in the two brackets. The one on the right is from the original door. 

While I was drilling out the rivets on the donor door I noticed that the lower armrest mounting bracket was loose. Since this is just riveted on there is no easy way to tighten it, so I decided to swap that with the one from the original door. I had painted those with POR-15 silver and it looks much nicer anyway.

Here you can see the two brackets side by side.

When I had finished removing the brackets I used a broom handle to knock the dirt and debris loose and then vacuumed out the doors. 

The doors are ready to be picked up by Mario. I decided I am going to let Mario take all three and decide which he would rather work with.