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My door panels in my '70 have trim screws on the bottom, are they supposed to be there?

Also, is there anyone out there that refurbishes these panels? Mine are warped slightly but otherwise in good shape.

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1970 Chevy El Camino (Custom) Non-SS
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Shawn, the door panels have probably warped because they may have absorbed some moisture. The waxpaper-like door shields may be torn or missing too.

Mine curl too.

But I used a couple finishing washers to give my lower screws more grip area last time I pulled the panels of my 70. I also lightly sprayed some silicone waterproof stuff on the back.

Other than new unassembled/assembled panels there is not much you can do.

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the screws at the bottom of the door panel are correct. you can get excellent pre-assembled door panels; BUT if I had it to do again... Save the metal top of the factory door panels and use the kit, you have to put in the window "fuzzies" and the staples are a pain. or get the kit and have a good trim shop do it. the pre-assembled panels use plastic, they look great but metal ones are original.
 

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I had a warpage problem with a package shelf many years ago (before replacements were readily available), and my wife came up with a repair suggestion that worked very well. Got the cardboard or fiberboard material very wet and then laid it on a flat surface (i.e., concrete floor) with weights (i.e., concrete blocks) on it. Left it there for a week or so, until it was fully dried. It was back to flat condition then, and remained that way. Might work well if the covering on your panels is Ok, as you say it is.

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My first Chevelle had no door panels and I had to ask about this situation. My enduring question is: Why would most of the panel be held on pn by push-in fasteners and the bottom be held in by screws? Very Weird. Anyway, if you need more sockets for the push in fasteners, go to a supply shop and get the BMW stuff--it is the same.
 
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