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I’ve got more than 2 whole days in the drivers door panel. And I’m not done yet.

Old vs new. Daw-gone-it the bottom chrome strip is missing. There’s another $60 to order.

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here’s a good picture of the windlace interference. But it’s more than just that on this side.

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This panel didn’t fit the opening. I scratched my head then measured both the old panel and the new passenger side panel. Sure enough, this one was 1/4” wider. Worse, it was actually 1/8” long on both sides. I spent an entire day trimming plastic, which is ridiculous considering what these cost.

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So at least I have it on the door now. Time to start locating holes and fitting all the pieces.

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But no. My car had one more rusty secret yet to be discovered. Some of the pins on the other trim piece no longer exist thanks to rust. Many of the others are too corroded to be useful. Another $60.

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While cleaning up the door emblem on this side, the white paint flaked off. My wife suggested white nail polish. It’s not quite the right shade, but good enough for a save.

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Also found the hole for the handle wasn’t cut right. Had to trim that out too.

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The trim piece I knew about showed up so everything is fit loosely into place. Once I get the other trim piece I’ll snap it in for good.

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It's painful when you start getting to the end of the project. I think I spent more on shipping in the last couple of months than I did on parts themselves. I tried really hard to maximize my shipping costs but when you just need odd ball things it starts getting painful. And what the heck, what's another $120 in the big picture, right? Panels look good so it's worth it in the end.
 

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It's painful when you start getting to the end of the project. I think I spent more on shipping in the last couple of months than I did on parts themselves. I tried really hard to maximize my shipping costs but when you just need odd ball things it starts getting painful. And what the heck, what's another $120 in the big picture, right? Panels look good so it's worth it in the end.
That’s the truth isn’t it? I’ve been so careful to plan orders, and now at the end these little things bite. I could’ve bought both trim pieces at the same time and saved $11 in shipping had I known.
 

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Matt, what front headlights are you using?
 

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Looks killer. Again, I know alllll the pain your going through on those panels. I had to everything you are doing!
 

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Finished installing the grab bar, glovebox, and ash tray. I have one more seat belt buckle that hasn’t shown up yet and the seat backs to figure out and then the interior is done. There are only a couple lines left on my list in the garage. It feels strange being so close to “done”.

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Finished installing the grab bar, glovebox, and ash tray. I have one more seat belt buckle that hasn’t shown up yet and the seat backs to figure out and then the interior is done. There are only a couple lines left on my list in the garage. It feels strange being so close to “done”.

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When you are "Done" you have just started.
Stole that from somewhere but true.
 

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My friend the UPS man came again today.

This time he brought my seat belt buckle. I was able to reuse most of my original belts, but I discovered someone had actually cut off the buckles for the shoulder belts.

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I picked up some aftermarket replacements from another member (thanks Pat!) who had some extras. While putting things together I found another buckle that was just corroded beyond use. This is after soaking in the evaporust.

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The replacements are a little bit different shape.

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Anyone know how the shoulder harness buckles were typically stowed?

Ive got an original used belt, housing, and button if someone needs.

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That’s the truth isn’t it? I’ve been so careful to plan orders, and now at the end these little things bite. I could’ve bought both trim pieces at the same time and saved $11 in shipping had I known.
I have seven items in my shopping cart on the Jegs website. The total cost of the items is not over $99.00 so no free shipping. They just sit there. The websites now charge tax, so that adds another 8% to the cost.

Who made your door panels? Just think how hard it would be if you had to add material to the edges instead of shaving off the edges. That door handle hole was not close to being right.

Are you Canadian?
 

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Look at Matt's Avatar. It is a red and white flag with a maple leaf. Maybe Michigan joined Ontario. Maybe Mr. Matt married a US girl and moved south. Maybe it is none of my business.
 

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Look at Matt's Avatar. It is a red and white flag with a maple leaf. Maybe Michigan joined Ontario. Maybe Mr. Matt married a US girl and moved south. Maybe it is none of my business.
Sorry, it is a bit of an inside joke for me and another forum member. :) Didn’t mean to offend.

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Look at Matt's Avatar. It is a red and white flag with a maple leaf. Maybe Michigan joined Ontario. Maybe Mr. Matt married a US girl and moved south. Maybe it is none of my business.
Man I laughed so hard at this. On my phone, it shows a US flag. On the computer I'm canadian. What gives 'eh?
 

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Interesting the looks of the aftermarkets? My aftermarkets look exactly like your originals?
 
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