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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 06, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Running wires from doors... any tricks?

I'm adding power door lock actuators to my '69 as part of a security system, and to do it like the factory, it looks like I'd have to pull the doors and drill the holes, add grommets, etc.

Has anyone run wires to the doors without pulling the doors? Hopefully there's a trick I'm missing...


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Re: Running wires from doors... any tricks?

While it's possible to make the holes with the doors left on the car it would be considerably easier to take the doors off and you will be able to do a better job.
I think your cars hinges are like on my 73 and 74 Nova's in that the hinges can be left on the car to retain door alignment but the pins can be removed. By taking out the pins and removing the doors a couple of things can be done better this way.
First it allows you to replace the door bushings. You can also more easily drill and fit the grommet tubes into the holes that are made. Once the holes are cut and the grommet tubes fitted the bare edges of the metal can be treated with paint so no rust forms. By removing the door by removing and reinstalling the hinge pins, the door alignment should stay as it was (unless the hinge bushings are worn badly and then with the new ones the door could then become misaligned).
I added door grommet tubes on my 77 Nova a few years back and it really didn't take that long to do and I pulled off the doors by removing the hinge pins. I also added some in my 73 Nova many years back and on those I used some off of a donor car while the ones for my 77 I bought from a distributor I deal with.
I would also install the door grommet tubes that will accept more wires later. This way should you decide to add power windows, add alarm sensors, add anything else inside the doors the tube will be big enough.

Here are some shots of the grommet tubes installed in my 73 and also a picture of the two styles I can get from a distributor. As far as the style of tubes I would use the straight style. The ones with right angle ends are for more specialized applications.


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Re: Running wires from doors... any tricks?

once upon a time, I ran speakers wires into my doors. I was able to make some holes with the doors on the car. The door hole was easy, just drilled from inside the door to out. The jamb hole was harder, the places I could reach were not the best places to put the holes. This was NOT the greatest installation. With the holes in the wrong place, and just grommets and no tubes, the wires would typically fold over and hang inside the car when the doors were closed. It never hurt the wires, but was less than sanitary.

At least on my Camaro, the original hinge pins were not easily removed. They were crimped on, and the crimp had to be ground off, this cannot be done on the car.

If you've used replacement pins to rebuild your hinges, they may have securing bolts coming up from below or E-clips, in which case the method above would work and be recommended.

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