Post by Pontiac1976 on Aug 24, 2015 9:55:55 GMT -5
Break Down 73-76
Now the shell will fit right up to 73-87. But when your working with a 73-76 factory door you need door panels from the same brake down.
You can put newer panels but will need to do metal work to the (metal shell) door not a direct bolt on. Side note handle pocket will have to be re-worked. So the 73-76 doors need the most work for upgrades ( You need to be a very good modder to make it work look nice. )
The only way to use the new door shells & try to keep your 73-76 door panels is you will have to un-do spot weld cut the door skin off shell but weld the bottom if need & re-spot weld skin on.
Break Down 77-80
this is 1977
But when you working with a 77-80 factory door. You need door panels from the same brake down. But have options to use newer 81-87 panel with some mods . Have to update to newer handle direct bolt on.
The 77-80 door shell depend on you trucks panel options the base panels are less work, and less mods to be done.
this door is 1984
Now inner Door panels work only as a direct bolt on door shells of the year break down 73-76, 77-80, 81-87. But you can mod the sheet metal of the inside part of the door shell with a DREMEL TOOL to look like your old door. Now the inner door handle, there is three types yr break down 73-76, 77-80, 81-87 . These only work with the same Plastic inner door trim of the same yr break down * but can be modded ( by a good modder hobbits ) So If you’re not too good a modes or if you want direct bolt on Stay with same yrs door shell's
If you can see curved tip 73-76 handle look a lot like the straight tip 81-87. both chrome but mount up side and the other mounts on the bottom side of the opening pop out. the 77-80 are Plastic handles
I hope this helps. I have been working on a write up on this but. Have not had a chance to do it yet .
Doors & Door Panels what Fits
Now the 73-76 plastic panel are about half panels.
The 77-80 plastic panel are 3/4 panels.
The 81-87 plastic panel are 3/4 panels
The Armrest have same break down 73-76, 77-80, 81-87. Have to be used with the door panel same year break down.
73-76 short thick finger opening in the side.
77-80 long thin finger opening centered.
81-87 long thin finger opening offset.
These have to be used with same yrs break down inner door panels only. Unless your moding . (Your cutting the panels door pockets to fit) the other handle.
Handles inner 73-76 only works with 73-76 door shells
77-80 work 77-87 door shells
81-87 work 77-80 door shells
81-91 work 77- 91door shells