Door trim panel interchangeable?

Discussion in 'Interior Restoration' started by vince72, May 12, 2020.

  1. BillyDean7173

    BillyDean7173 Veteran Member

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    I think he means escutcheons. Sometimes called a bezel or insert depending on what part you are referring to. Basically something that covers up a certain part GM doesn't think you need to see.
     
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    The hole in the door panel doesn't change and is NOT a factor in the door panel difference. Your only problem will be the door pull hole that won't be pre-traced into the new panel and lower push clips holes (70-72 uses screws). Again, the door panels are completely interchangeable. There are really no "issues" you will have to deal with. If you want to use a later model door pull, that's where the door structure is a concern.
     
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    73 Z Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Don't know what others have done, but I cant get 78/81 interior door panels to line up correctly with 70/73 door lever/handles mount. Unless its modified.

    73 camaro door 1.jpg 73 camaro door 2.jpg 73 camaro door.jpg 78 to 81 LH door panel.jpg door handle 1.jpg door handle 2.jpg
     
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    That door handle doesn’t look right...is it a deluxe handle? If so, install it first, then the panel (it sits under not over the panel, if that handle will work). That one doesn’t look like the correct standard handle. Also make sure the panel isn’t sagging on the door since the upper rail is folded sheet metal rather than molded plastic in a OE 77-81 panel

    PUI quality does lack....look how crooked the molded rectangle is.


    Btw, if you have deluxe regulators, you will also have issues with the window crank handle.
     
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    The 79-81 even though they look good ,Have a tendency to pull out toward the top and or break.
     
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    If you look at a 70 panel with the top plastic rail and the lower board, its essentially the same thing for the later years, they just covered the whole thing in vinyl. Not sure why PUI uses formed Sheetmetal when the plastic rail is reproduced.
     
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    Your panels look great! did you have to lower your handle so it would fit under the chrome trim?
     
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    This picture is from a member in CA, this is the same mod I will be doing as I have all the same parts, my door are new door shells , he mentioned he just got the handle to fit and it was not an issue, he did say the 67 door handle wasn't excatly centered, it was where it was comfortable to use. Hope that helps
     
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