Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

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Ian4bs
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Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

Post by Ian4bs »

Hello everyone.
Any hints on how to remove the side panel/armrest on a 64 Crown Coupe (2 door) to give access to window regulator. Thanks

Crown64
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Re: Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

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Here are some step-by-step instructions:

1. Remove the chrome door-lock knob.
2. Lower the door glass, and close the vent window.
3. Remove two Phillips-head screws from the underside of the chrome door pull.
4. Open the storage pocket, and pry the two galvanized hole plugs from the outboard wall of the pocket.
5. Remove the two Phillips-head screws from inside the holes vacated by the plugs.
6. At the aft end of the handle that opens the door, loosen (but do not remove) the Phillips-head screw which holds the handle and its clamp to the remote door latch. Caution: do not loosen it completely, as the screw will fall into a dark hole, and be trapped between the armrest shell and the panel board.
7. Remove the Phillips-head screw at the lower, inboard edge of the power window control switch plate, and lift the plate from the forward edge to disengage the clips at the rear edge. Carefully remove the connectors from the PW (as well as the PVW and PDL switches, if so equipped)
8. Look at all exposed areas of the interior door trim panel, and remove all visible Phillips-head screws (most are chrome-plated with captive chrome washers).The interior door trim panel is retained to the door by metal spring clips. Go around the circumference of the leading edge, bottom edge, and trailing edge of the panel with a suitable prying tool to disengage the clips.
9. The door panel assembly will now be hanging from the upper edge of the door. Carefully lift (and wiggle if necessary) to disengage. Thread the electrical connectors that you have previously disconnected, through the hole on the back side of the panel. Unplug the wire harness to the door handle courtesy light. Because you have loosened the door handle clamp, it will slip free of the remote latch, and remain in the elongated slot of the door panel trim.
10. There will be a plastic water shield, retained with perma-gum (a bead of caulking-like material with a piece of string embedded in it. Carefully remove the water shield to gain access to the motor, regulator, and connections.

I always like to write this, because the inadequate FSMs always do: Reinstallation is in reverse order of disassembly, LOL.

-Charles Fares
Last edited by Crown64 on Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
1964 Imperial Crown Convertible
1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
1989 Cadillac Fleetwood
1972 Lincoln Continental

Crown64
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Re: Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

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OOPS!
I just realized that your request was for the REAR and not the front.

1. Remove the rear seat cushion. Pushing it backwards and lifting at the front will free it from the retaining hooks at the front edge.
2. Remove the rear seat backrest. There are two retainers with a hex-nut and a large washer along the bottom edge. Some seat backs have three fasteners. You will need to lift the vinyl "skirt" at the bottom of the backrest to expose the nuts. Lower the seatback and pull it free of the bulkhead. It is retained to the rear bulkhead by flat clips which slide into slots on the bulkhead.
3. Remove the seatback fiberglass surround. You will see Phillips-head screws around the inner perimeter which are now visible with the backrest removed.
4. Remove the die-cast chrome moulding from the forward edge of the C pillar. It is retained with Phillips-head screws, and engages both the roof rail moulding and the horizontal moulding at the base of the C pillar. Remove the diecast moulding at the base of the sail panel. It is retained with Phllips-head screws.
5. Remove the vinyl-covered filler between the seat cushion and door panel. It is retained with Phillips-head screws along the bottom, and clips along the top. Remove it by lifting upward after removing the screws.
6. Remove the Phillips-head screw retaining the window switch and lighter panel to the armrest. Disconnect the electrical connectors.
7. Remove the door sill plate, because the trailing edge lip of the sill plate covers the lower leading edge of the quarter trim.
8. Remove all Phillips head screws retaining the lower trim panel to the rear quarter, including the screw that was hidden by the switch panel you removed earlier, and remove the lower trim.
9. The upper portion of the trim is retained with spring clips. Carefully pry at the front edge, lift from the beltline edge and remove.
10. Removal of both portions of the rear quarter trim exposes a plastic water shield retained by perma-gum. Carefully peel back the water shield to expose the motor and regulator.

Re-assembly is the reverse of disassembly.

Charles Fares
Last edited by Crown64 on Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
1964 Imperial Crown Convertible
1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
1989 Cadillac Fleetwood
1972 Lincoln Continental

Ian4bs
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Re: Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

Post by Ian4bs »

Thanks so much Charles.

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Re: Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

Post by Crown64 »

My pleasure! I edited the post on the rear quarter trim to correct the order of removal of the two portions of trim.
1964 Imperial Crown Convertible
1969 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
1989 Cadillac Fleetwood
1972 Lincoln Continental

gary h
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Re: Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

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Right On Charles.

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Re: Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

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Great write up, Charles! Seems like you've done this a few times.

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I agree and will definitely revisit this in the future. Many thanks!
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Re: Rear side panels 64 crown coupe

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This info should apply to '65 and '66 also.

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