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Old 01-30-2013, 09:16 PM   #1
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The Doors, Oh god why?!

This evening I began disassembling he passenger side door from a 1986 4x4. WHAT A FRUSTRATING TASK!!! At first everything was simple enough, pop off the lining , un-bolt a few things. Then the first obstacle; the clip that attaches the regulator handle. Somehow I managed to get it off I am not sure how I'm going to do it for the other door. Then the next great obstacal PLASTIC CLIPS http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/sr...s/banghead.gif Ya know, the ones holding the handle and lock to everything else. IMPOSSIBLE to squeeze through the holes, I ended up breaking them. Fortunately this is somewhat of a prat sic door. It is through some divine what-not that I got the main window out without breaking/cracking/scratching it.
So to you all I ask, have any of you striped down a door to its shell and lived to tell the tale?
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:34 PM   #2
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Yes. The easiest way to remove the clip on the crank handle is with a rag. Take a towel or shop rag, slide the edge behind the crank, and pulling it tight, slide it around the shaft. Like you're trying to clean it. It'll snag that clip and pop it out. Just mind it doesn't go flying. For the round plastic locking clips, push the center in. Then it comes right out. Then push it back, so it sticks up, reinsert when ready, and push center flush. Gentle is key with the rest of the plastic bits.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:10 PM   #3
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I've tryed that rag trick a few times and always wind up with just a torn rag, I pop those clips off with a flat head screwdriver if I don't have a proper pick. I really like thosse center pin clips they practically jump off the vehicle Oh and of course a proper panel clip tool is worth the $$ in un-broken body panel clips, sure beats having to use a screw driver.

Yeah I've been in plenty of doors, the easy parts the door panel, getting your arms hands and tools into the right spot ain't no fun. Don't think I've ever been elbow deep in one that didn't draw blood at some point.
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The clip holding the window crank in is called a "horseshoe clip" I bought my clip remover for just a few dollars at a cheapy cheap tool store.
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The clip holding the window crank in is called a "horseshoe clip" I bought my clip remover for just a few dollars at a cheapy cheap tool store.
I was always taught that the official name is a Jesus clip! mostly cause thats what people shout once it goes flying accross the room!
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Jesus clip. That's funny. Reminds me of a little thing called a Jesus pin in a different mechanical device, for a different reason. Ol' Ma Deuce.
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i changed my door handle once and had no problem but I got small hands which made it easy for me to squeeze in there to take the clip off.
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The rag trick works, did it on mine as well. The key when working on the door is patience. Honestly, I think what you were trying to do was easier than what I did. I had to extract a key tip from my driver's side door (stupid Toyota key design, I've had TWO different vehicles do this) by taking out the lock and stripping down to just the tumbler. Pain.
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While replacement "horseshoe clips" are cheap, I have yet to find one locally.

I did find that if you take one of the arms off of a medium size binder clip and trim it a bit it makes a fine substitute for the original regulator clip.
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