348 door panel removal (internal)

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  1. S11eps

    S11eps Formula Junior

    Dec 8, 2004
    Cambridgeshire, UK
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    Simon Shepherd
    Morning guys,

    Does anyone have a list of intsructions that they can post (or pm) that will inform me how to remove the lhs internal door panel from my 348??

    My window is only dropping halfway, and it 'feels' like something may be obstructing the mechanism.

    I want to whip the panel off to have a quick peek, but am unsure of the fixing points of this panel. Your help is much apprciated,

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  3. GeorgW

    GeorgW Karting

    Jan 31, 2004
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    you have to remove the outer panel in order to access the window and its mechanic, there are 5 screws located at the outside and 2 nuts in front of the door at the inside.
    Good luck & Regards, Georg
  4. Ferrari_tech

    Ferrari_tech Formula 3

    Jul 28, 2003
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    Malcolm W
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  5. Miltonian

    Miltonian F1 Veteran

    Dec 11, 2002
    Milton, Wash.
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    Jeff B.
    Hi, Simon. I've done this job many times.

    You can either go at it from the outside, via the "strakes", or from the inside, via the door panel sections.

    To remove the outer door strakes, you need to unscrew the four socket head screws (4mm) down inside the fins, and two 10mm head bolts at the front of the door, in the door jamb area. Then the whole thing lifts off, giving you good access to the inside of the door.

    To remove the door panel (which is in four sections):

    1) Remove the vertical strip at the back of the panel with phillips screws (#20 in diagram). My 1990 348ts has an upper and lower strip, not a single.
    2) Remove one phillips screw on the front of the panel, at the door jamb area.
    3) The bottom (carpeted) panel is attached with two push clips, one at the front, one at the back. Pull the panel back carefully to release the plastic clips from the door frame, then pull the panel down to release it from behind the panel above it.
    4) The center panel has 4 of the plastic push clips. Carefully pull the panel back to release the clips from the frame.
    5) The grab handle has 2 10mm bolts on the bottom, and one phillips screw on the top.
    6) The release lever has 1 phillips screw.
    7) The upper panel has 3 phillips screws on the bottom, and 1 push clip at the back edge. You also have to unplug the wiring connectors at this point. Do it carefully so you don't yank the switches off the panel.
    If you want to remove the top section, just unscrew the lock button, remove the phillips screws on the bottom, and remove the mirror base trim piece. Easy, but doesn't really give any more access.

    The whole job is very easy, the only area to use real caution is to be careful when pulling out the plastic clips so you don't break them. They can be replaced, of course, but they won't break if you're careful.

    If you pull off the strakes, just be careful not to chip the paint. Pay particular attention when re-assembling that the front edge of the strakes does not hit the back of the front fender when you open the door, or you'll get a nick. Open the door very slowly and check the panel alignment. You'll want the strakes to be back as far as possible.

    Give us a report on what you find in there!
  6. S11eps

    S11eps Formula Junior

    Dec 8, 2004
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Full Name:
    Simon Shepherd

    Thanks for your very thorough help.

    I'm going to have a crack at this on Saturday, wish me luck!

    I'll repor back on my findings!

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