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I have a 1974 Eldorado. I'm happy to say that I had the engine and tranny completely rebuild a couple years ago, it runs great, but the interior is beyond shot and so are most accessories in the car. The power windows barely work or are broken and I wanted to get the door panels off and rebuild them (and cleanup the panels, etc..). I'm okay with my interior being ghetto for the time being, I seriously love my car, but I want to do some functional repairs and I have no idea how to get the door panels off.

For example, I took out all the visible screws holding the trim on the rear driver's window door panel out, but there was still something unseen holding the panel on in the vicinity of under the ashtray behind the lower interior light.

It feels screwed on, I dont think there are clips to be forced. I think I need to pop the interior light or ashtray out and find a hidden screw.

The front panels have no visible screws except for on the windows control panel and door handle, but those didn't help the panel to yield at all.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I just need to get them off and see what's going on under there!

Thanks!
 

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Slide or pry (I can't remember) the covers at each end of the door strap. You'll find a large Phillips head screw under each.
 

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Slide or pry (I can't remember) the covers at each end of the door strap. You'll find a large Phillips head screw under each.
I'll give that a try in the daylight on the actual door panel, but the much smaller rear panel (under small passenger window) is a mystery. It is bolted on, man. I am extremely sad to say that I might just have to take a jigsaw to the paneling and let these forums know what might be the correct way to do it (there's a second panel to demonstrate on after uncovering the mechanics).

Before I do that I will ask my mechanic if he can show me for a couple bucks. I have a cadillac specialist in montclair, california, I will ask him to fix the vacuum release on the parking brake as a pretense.

An unfortunate consequence of messing with the covers on the door strap is that they are probably harder to replace if I accidently crack them in half while prying or sliding, but I will do what I have to do.
 

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I'm not sure about that rear panel. Never had to remove mine. Don't destroy anything with a hack saw. Check Ebay for a FSM.
 

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I'm not sure about that rear panel. Never had to remove mine. Don't destroy anything with a hack saw. Check Ebay for a FSM.
Okay, i will stop freaking out and keep the hacksaw far out of reach. I just ordered a 1974 cadillac shop manual off ebay, so I hope it has the info i need. Thanks. I have to remove that back panel because that window will barely go up.
 

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If it is a factory manual by Helm Inc. It will have everything you need and then some.
 

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My manual arrived today! Unfortunately, it doesn't have anything about door panel removal in it. It's the "1974 Cadillac Shop Manual" printed by GM Part No. 109 9747 and is about 1.5 inches think. Its got instructions for removal of the dash instrument panel, but nothing for the door panels, not even lightbulb replacement on them.

I'll order the "1974 Fisher Body Service Manual" maybe the informatin I need is in there. :hmm:
 
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