Q: Door Panel Reproductions (1968 vs 1969)
I can buy some repro 1969 door panels for my 1968 and wonder if it will work. The most obvious difference in theirs (as compared to mine) is the location of the opening for the door lock knob. Those who know its proper location would spot it but those who don’t, won’t. ‘m not a big enthusiast but in my opinion, it’s a poor reproduction and I intend to keep looking. I don’t want to have to deal with altering the locking mechanism, either. Any ideas?
A: The only difference between 1968 and 1969 is the location of the lock. You must punch it in the proper location for the year you have. Actually the reproduction door panels are better than the originals. The cardboard material that was used is prone to warpage and rot. New ones use ABS plastic which wont rot or warp when wet. Perhaps Year One can supply you with a blank set to put your own lock hole in.
A: If you purchase new Custom door trim panels, the 1968 and 1969 are the same before they punch the hole for the door lock button. In 1968 it was close to the rear of the door, but in 1969 it was relocated about 9-10″ forward so drivers didn’t have to reach around behind themselves to unlock the door. This was done across the GM line in 1969. Used panels would only work well from a 1968.
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