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6/26/05 - Sunday

"Gears and Ears at the DuPage County Fairgrounds!"

"The weather was HOT but so were the cars! Check out the 71 Camaro SS's first trip to a Car Show!"
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Points No More!

"Time to replace the old Points with a new MSD-8361 Pro-Billet Distributor! What Better timing, since the power is out!"
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6/25/05 - Saturday

Finally, Resolution to the Passenger Door Panel Restoration!

"With only hours to spare before the Car Show, the Door Panel came together. Now for a Midnight Wash & Wax"
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6/24/05 - Friday

Round and Round we go!

"OK, so it could have been anticipated better. But what would the fun in that be? "
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6/23/05 - Thursday

New Lessons Learned?

"...the quote un-quote easiest part of the door's reconstruction was the weatherstripping, right? Wrong..."
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6/22/05 - Wednesday

A Minor Job takes a turn for the worse:

"...little did I know, that a piece of window felt would cause such problems. Take my advice..."
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6/21/05 - Tuesday

Interior Remodeling Begins:

Passenger Door Panel & Weatherstripping Rebuild in progress

Oops...didn't have the retaining clips!
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    1971 Camaro Interior Restoration / Remodeling:

    Day 2 Second Generation Camaro Passenger Door Panel


    Armed with the learnings of yesterdays adventures, I had come to the realization that I would not be satisfied with the original faded lower plastic door panel against the brand new black vinyl. Luckily I considered the rest of the parts while I was at work...and realized that even if I replaced the lower plastic molded door panel, I would still have the faded old upper plastic molded door panel against the new reproduction vinyl door panel. So I decided to purchase the new upper molded door panels as well. The parts list just keeps on growing, but if you want it to look good and to last, then it is best to do it right the first time! 

    Upon arriving at D&R Classic Automotive this evening, I realized that the new upper plastic molded door panels did not come with the door lock ferrules. It is a good thing I looked, as this would have halted the progress, or so I thought!

    Day 2 '71 Camaro SS Interior Parts List:After finding D&R Classic Industrieslkkkkk

    • FI0015-LL Lower door trim panel (LH)
    • FI0015-LR Lower door trim panel (RH)
    • FI0015 Plastic upper door panels (pair)
    • T00020 Fastener door panel screw & clip kit
    • F00034 Door lock ferrule set

    Installing the '71 Camaro SS Passenger Inner Window Seal:

    Tfhe new upper molded door panel was perfect! A reproduction part made by OER (Original Equipment Reproduction), it mimicked the grain pattern and contours of the original unit flawlessly...the only thing I would have changed, was the fact that it came without door lock ferrule and without the inner window seal attached. But you can't have everything done for you, I suppose. Where would the fun be in that. So I launched right into installing the window seal. First I needed to get new staples for the staple gun.

    I quickly realized that the staple gun didn't have enough force to pierce through the tough plastic of the upper molded door panel. I suppose it was just wishful thinking that this would be an easier step for the installation. However, I continued to use the staple gun to mark the location and spacing of the staples and to mark the holes for the next step.

    After marking the location of the staple with the staple gun, I simply used my trusty cordless 3/8" drill with a 3/32" drill bit to drill through the plastic trim.

    After drilling each of the holes for the first staple, I simply pushed the staple into place then fully seated it with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

    Ofnce the staples were in place, I wished I had a third hand! It was slightly more difficult to get the staples bent and keep the window seal and chrome flush against the upper molded door panel. I found...of course just before the last staple...that if I used one pair of needle-nose pliers to hold the staple and trim in against the plastic, that I could use a second pair of needle-nose pliers to bend the ends of the staple into place.

    In the end, it was all worthwhile. Notice, the chrome trim is slightly longer than the plastic molded upper door panel on the passenger side, so be very careful when you begin to staple, to ensure it is lined up properly.

    Notice the absence of the door lock ferrule, this is how the FI0015 upper molded door panels come from OER. Also note: how well the chrome trim fits against the door panel! Well, it might have taken an hour to push and twist about 20 staples into place, but in the end it was worth it!

    Installing the Second Generation Camaro Door Lock Ferrule:

    The door lock ferrule fit right into place and was easy to bend back the tabs. It was still a bit loose, so I expanded the needle-nose pliers against the inside of the tabs to tighten it up so it wouldn't slide around and scratch the top of the plastic molded upper door panel. Unfortunately the camera was set bad and the picture didn't turn out so well.

    Even though the door lock ferrules won't really be used for the door locks...since there are no door handles. These ferrules were definately better than the gaping hole!

    Adjusting the 71 Camaro's Window:

    Just when I thought things were going too well and were almost finished...along comes proof that 30-some years takes its toll on a car. After installing the inside window felt and reinstalling the window, I found that one of the adjustment bolts that I loosened was completely stripped!

    Well it was getting late, and it isn't going to be finished tonight...So tomorrow we will finish installing the weatherstripping and adjusting the window?!!!!

    And the 90+ degree 95% Humidity has once again stretched into the Evening...
    Maybe tomorrow will be a cooler day!

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