Custom Door Panels
Creating custom door panels for your
S-10 is not only fun and easy, but it gives you that pure sport truck look
that you see inside the trucks you see in magazines and truck shows. This
tech article will show you the basic steps in taking apart the door panels,
using tweed, and re-assembly.
Approx 1yd. of tweed
3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive
I suggest going to a junkyard and
getting set of panels to work with
1987 and up.
The color doesn't matter, as long as they are not cracked they're OK.
Step 1 - Take Apart the Door Panel
The door panel comes off in 4 parts, the
handle/lock face, the piece that surrounds that, the pocket, and the main
panel. If you look at the back of the panel, you can see that the handle
face is held on by metal clips. There's some kind of special too to remove
these, but I didn't have it. I used a heat gun and a knife to soften the
plastic and slide the clip off.
The metal clips hold the face panel in
Soften the plastic with a heat gun so the
clip will slide off
The removed face panel.
To take off the lower pocket, drill the
plastic welds out from the back. There's about 15-20 of them, when they are
all drilled out, the pcket panel will separate. If your door panel does not
have these welds, then you will have to cut the pocket off flush to the door
panel with a utility knife.
Next is to remove the top
left panel that surrounds the handle face. Using your heat gun from the
back of the panel, heat the plastic welds and separate with a screwdriver.
Be careful not to melt the plastic too bad that it distorts the shape.
If your door panels have an
upholstered area above the armrest, you must remove that panel. Again, this
requires some sort of special tool that I didnt have, so I used vice grips
and a screwdriver to remove them.