I am an out and out newbie living in Washington State USA. Last week I became the insanely proud owner of a 1965 Rover 3 Liter in abysmal condition. (Photos Here : 22.214.171.124/ROVER/index.htm ).
I have ordered a manual for said car but until it arrives would like to start on the *teardown to renovate* exercise and have a couple of questions If I may be so bold as to ask the more experienced members here :
How do I remove the wood trim without damaging it ?. All of it - the dash , the door surrounds etc ?.
How do the door panels come off - I am assuming they pop off - put a flat tool behind them and lever off gently. The door panels on my baby are so bad I am afraid to touch them :-(
The up side is being Washington State the body work is not THAT bad. It is at least all in one piece.
Thank you everyone in advance for your answers :-)
I removed the interior door trim on my Saloon and it took a little bit of time but it all came off fine.
Before you begin. make sure that you are feeling good and have patience. It should not take too much force to remove any part of the trim. If you find that you are applying a large force then stop and look for a screw because you don't want to break anything.
To remove the wood around the doors, you will need to remove the black padded trim (crash rail). The black padded trim can be removed by prying it off with a large screwdriver. Carefully pry under either end and continue to pry while you pull it away from the door. Save the black padded trim and remove the interior panel.
Wood trim: The door wood is held by several small screws. Once the screws are removed, carefully remove the trim. Take your time because it is easy to split the wood at the top joint. The manual says that wood is held by screws at the bottom and the two lugs at the top. I am not sure about the lugs but I broke my first trim at the corner by applying too much force.
To remove the interior panel, you will need to remove the arm rest, remove the door handles, and then pry the panel away from the door.
Front door arm rest: There are two small buttons or screws at the bottom of the adjustable arm rest, remove these buttons (or screws). Carefully pry the arm rest trim away from the interior trim. Once removed, you will see the arm rest frame. Remove the screws that hold the arm rest frame to the door.
Door handles: Next, get something to remove the clips that holds the handles. The picture posted by GlennR will give you an idea of the task. I used a dental pick to grab the clip. If you are lucky, the clips will be installed correctly and can be grabbed from the handle side. (In my car, the clips were reversed and I used a screwdriver and a dental pick to remove them. The screwdriver was used to separate the handle from the trim ring and the dental pick was inserted into the opening to grab the clip).
Interior panel: Once the arm rest and the handles are removed, you are ready to remove the interior panel. It is held by a series of clips. You need to start somewhere, like the bottom, carefully pry the panel away from the frame. I used a screwdriver to help pry at the location of each clip. This helped reduce the pressure on the panel. There a quite a few clips and they can be hard to remove.
Overall, the procedure is straight forward. However, if the door panels are in bad shape then they might break with you try to remove them.