removing kick panel - Team Camaro Tech
Team Camaro Tech join team camaro
 
Camaro Parts at SS396.com     
GROUND UP & SS396.com         
Official Sponsor of Team Camaro
   

Auto Insurance



Registered users (free) do not see these large ads

Interiors Upholstery & soft trim

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old Nov 5th, 08, 06:16 PM
jimsrsss jimsrsss is offline
Tech Team

jim
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: oregon
Posts: 59
Default removing kick panel

I'm sure this isnt to hard but my driver side vent shut off is broke. i went to take the kick panel off but couldnt get it loose. Didnt see any obvious screws or retainer clips so i didnt want yank on it to hard until i knew what i was doing. Im sure most of you guys know how to get this off, thanks.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old Nov 5th, 08, 07:22 PM
Lucky68's Avatar
Lucky68 Lucky68 is offline
Gold Lifetime Member

Mike
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Suncrest, WA
Posts: 405
Default Re: removing kick panel

Jim,
What year car are you referring to? 67-69 are attached with 5 screws each located around the perimeter of the oval vent duct. The driver's side is a pain because You'll have to remove the emergency brake pedal assembly to get it out. There should also be a bead of puddy that seals the kick panel to the opening to prevent any water from entering the car. Once you have the screws and e-brake assembly removed, it will take some effort to break the seal loose. You'll also need to remove the sill plate and pillar post molding to get the panel out.
__________________
1968 Camaro Coupe: Forged 383, AFR heads, Edelbrock Air-Gap intake, Holley 750 dp, Dynatech headers (557 HP/543 TQ), TKO-600, 12 Bolt 3.73, Vintage Air.
http://rides.webshots.com/album/250023748XWhfQW
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old Nov 6th, 08, 02:12 PM
jimsrsss jimsrsss is offline
Tech Team

jim
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: oregon
Posts: 59
Default Re: removing kick panel

its a 69 camaro, guess that would help, seems all the visible screws are missing so i will remove the parking brake assembly and go from there, thanks
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old Nov 6th, 08, 02:42 PM
captcanuck68 captcanuck68 is offline
Senior Tech

Ted
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 4,868
Default Re: removing kick panel

Like "Lucky" says... it may take some effort... in fact, it may take much effort to break the panel loose, if it's still in its orig seal. Just make sure that you have lots of dum dum (sealant) at hand to replace the seal.

As I think back when I tangled with mine...maybe some heat via a hair dryer might have helped???

Try not to break the panel...but you may come close to doing this.

capt
__________________
Bumper sticker- I'm not SPEEDING
I'm QUALIFYING!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old Nov 6th, 08, 03:12 PM
Dale8346 Dale8346 is offline
Senior Tech

Dale
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Downers Grove, Illinois
Posts: 1,175
Default Re: removing kick panel

Jim,
Are you trying to save the kick panel??
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old Nov 6th, 08, 03:32 PM
JimM JimM is offline
Gold Lifetime Member

Jim
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Yorkville, Illinois USA
Posts: 22,119
Default Re: removing kick panel

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dale8346 View Post
Jim,
Are you trying to save the kick panel??
Hi Jim!

I saw this last night, but didn't have the energy to do it justice!

Where the vent is, there is a large oval tube sticking several inches into the cowl.
It has a 3/4" flange all around the inner end.
Where it penetrates the cowl, it is sealed with some sort of thick sticky putty.

First, use a tool to pull the edge off the door pinchweld. I use a 1" putty knife, I heated it up with a torch and bent it 180 degrees, so I had a wide flat hook I can slide under the plastic and pop it off the pinchweld. Put some tape around it so it doesn't marr the paint.

Once that's off, you get to pull and tiwst and pull until the seal lets loose.

At this point, the kick panel will be flopping around and you'll think you're home free. Go have a beer, you are not home free. That flange is all that's holding it on, and that flange is considerably larger than the hole it must go thru, all the way around. Just work it, twist it, pull on it. Twist and pull at the same time. Have another beer. Be sure to cover your carpet so the blood doesn't stain it.
I trimmed the bottom inch off of mine, it made them easier to remove, and I was replacing them anyway.

1 kick panel is a 2 day, 6 wound, 12-18 beer ordeal. Your neighbors kids will learn many new swearwords. Don't throw anything. Don't break anything. It will come off.

Putting it back on is easier. Get the front and top of the flange thru the hole. Twist and push while YELLING as loud as you can. It will pop in.

Make sure you have enough dumdum to get a good seal. That area inside the car is a waterfall. Everything draining off the windshield or hood, down the cowl vert grille, pours down the sides of the cowl. That flange keeps the water from coming in the vent holes. The putty seals the tube to the cowl so the water can't get in behind the kick panel.

Poorly sealed kick panels are a main cause of wet carpet and rusted out floors.

Whew... I need a beer just typing about that Godforsaken ordeal. It's been several years for me, and thinking about the experience still causes me to break out in hives.
__________________
JimM's firstgens.com Camaro Board

Jimragtop.com New website for my vert is coming together. Do ya like the slide show on the home page?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old Nov 6th, 08, 04:53 PM
yevgenievich's Avatar
yevgenievich yevgenievich is offline
Gold Lifetime Member

Viktor
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: College Station,Texas
Posts: 194
Default Re: removing kick panel

thanks for taking time to write it out, i was too having problems getting the kick panels off on my camaro. I thought i was going to break it so i stopped. I guess i better get back in and pull harder
__________________
1992 dodge stealth, base
1989 firebird T/A, ls1 swap
1991 z28 Camaro t-top 305 TPI -- sold
1967 Camaro project 468 c.i. th350
1984 Datsun Maxima wagon
There are only 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old Nov 6th, 08, 05:28 PM
jimsrsss jimsrsss is offline
Tech Team

jim
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: oregon
Posts: 59
Default Re: removing kick panel

Thanks for taking the time to type all that out Jim, i am really not looking forward to this now! I do feel better that it wasnt just my incompetence that stopped me though
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old Nov 7th, 08, 07:24 AM
Vinchenzo68cam's Avatar
Vinchenzo68cam Vinchenzo68cam is offline
Senior Tech

Vicente
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Del Rio,Texas
Posts: 142
Default Re: removing kick panel

I too recently went with the pulling off of said kick panels. I could not believe the amount of garbage behind door #1 and door #2. I have since cleaned it up pretty good. needs more so it will drain properly. I will not tackle install til everything cleaned and repainted. TAKE YOUR TIME!
__________________
VCan2-68'vert
68vert/3spd/base
78TA/400
81GMCstepside-streetcoupe


http://s440.photobucket.com/albums/q...ncam68/Camaro/
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old Nov 7th, 08, 05:32 PM
akxtreme akxtreme is offline
Senior Tech

Robert
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elizabeth, Colorado
Posts: 204
Default Re: removing kick panel

Agreed the driver side kick panel was a lengthy ordeal. However I happened to have 2 screwdrivers that both had a 45 degree angle at the tip. I believe one was a tire tool of some sort. I managed to get one screwdriver behind the edge and then used the other one and just worked my way around. It worked great and didn't damage the panel. Also I did trim it just a bit before I put it back in, for next time.
__________________
AKXtreme
69 Camaro SS350
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old Nov 7th, 08, 05:56 PM
captcanuck68 captcanuck68 is offline
Senior Tech

Ted
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 4,868
Default Re: removing kick panel

Well written, James. You written account tells it the way it is... with all the gore included.

You missed your calling... should have been a writer.

capt
__________________
Bumper sticker- I'm not SPEEDING
I'm QUALIFYING!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old Nov 7th, 08, 07:19 PM
2x67rs/ss 2x67rs/ss is offline
Senior Tech

Andy
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Indep. MO
Posts: 1,392
Default Re: removing kick panel

Good explanation Jim I have read it a few times in here and it was a real pain on mine too! So much so I touched up the paint on my verts kick panels while still in the car. It took alt of masking but it was worth it. I trimmed the bottoms of the hot rods panels before I re-installed them.
__________________
67 R/S convertible Nantucket blue deluxe interior orig.http://s63.photobucket.com/albums/h152/67ss/The%20pair/
67 rs-ss coupe 565BB-400turbo streetcar/racer project 1.43 60ft 9.683 140.91
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFLC2...eature=channel
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old Nov 8th, 08, 08:49 AM
Lost in the 60's Lost in the 60's is offline
Gold Lifetime Member

Mitch
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Stillwater, MN
Posts: 2,319
Default Re: removing kick panel

[quote=JimM;1098562]Hi Jim!



Be sure to cover your carpet so the blood doesn't stain it.


1 kick panel is a 2 day, 6 wound, 12-18 beer ordeal. Your neighbors kids will learn many new swearwords. Don't throw anything. Don't break anything. It will come off.[quote]

2 days.........come on..........I got mine off in 2 hours.
Now only 6 wounds.........you must be more careful than me.
12-18 beers......I only drink water. It keeps the car from being burned to the ground.
Nobody learned any new swearwords.........they've heard them all so many times before, they just chant along with me....
Don't throw anything...........how do you do that .. I keep a stack of 6" long 2x4 scraps handy for projectiles. I don't care if they break and they don't do a lot of damage bouncing around in the shop...
__________________
...38 Chev coupe, street rod
...52 Chev 6400, 2 ton flat bed building a car hauler
...67 Camaro, ss/rs LA built driver/project
...66 Chevelle SS, Atlanta built 138 driver/project
...70 Chevelle SS, Canadian documented Z25 project
...67 GTO, Pontiac, MI built, PHS documented 242...basket case..
...69 GMC K1500 driver/project, FOR SALE
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:05 PM.



Camaros.net - 2009 AutoForums.com