View Full Version : How do i take my kick panels out?!
09-29-2003, 05:44:00 PM
how do i take my kick panels out of my 80 camaro, i have mint black ones i need to swap in so i gotta change them, thanks
1980 camaro,new paint, and floors (damn ttops leaked) needs everything but the motor and tranny im building, literally brand new 80 trans am rear end my dad had sittin around since he bought it new, soon to be a nice 331, 4 speed, and 4.10 gears, glass nose, and some nice street slicks.. just need some time and money
10-01-2003, 02:59:00 AM
They are screwed to the bulkheads. Ok, that's a marine term, but it works well here.
Also, you will need to pull the A-pillar trim from the inside since the kick panels have a molded extension that travels up under the A-pillar trim.
You will also have to pull or loosen the sill plate, which also covers the kick panel a little.
When you get ready to pull them, you will find that they may have been sealed to the car's body in the oval cavity area, and they may stick a litte. Or a lot. Depends on whether the car was ever Ziebarted or not (or something similar).
You will also have to pull and tug them away from the car body, as they do not just slide to the rear only. Take a good look at the backside of your new panels, and you'll see why when you look at the architecture of the molding.
Word to the wise from experience:
The extension which travels up the door opening to the A-pillar area is fragile and on an older car may easily break. Be sure and take your time pulling these.
10-01-2003, 01:30:00 PM
are they different from 74? if not, reach up under the dash and unhook the vent cables from the vents. also you have to remove the parking brake assembly bolt that goes thru the driver side panel. Aero80 said the rest.
Steve. 74 orig owner
383, HD TH350, 3:42 posi, 4wdisc, 12:1 box, IAS, headers, true-dual w/H-pipe. All new susp/bushings.
10-01-2003, 02:05:00 PM
If you have a/c, the passenger side is a lot harder, I believe that the heater box or something is in the way (been awhile since I took mine out).
starting to build pro/street 78Z
car needs everything!
Let the fun begin!!!
10-01-2003, 02:50:00 PM
yeah how do i get around the ac?
10-02-2003, 07:34:00 AM
You've got to remove the A/C box under the dash.
10-02-2003, 09:48:00 AM
i got the passanger side out no problem, the little vacume actuator just un plugs with the kick panel, so ill just put my black one in its place, but the drivers one is behind a bunch of brackets.. what do i do there
10-07-2003, 09:20:00 PM
You will have to remove the emergency brake assembly, It should be 3, 1/2 nuts, it is alot easier without the seats in!!
10-07-2003, 11:50:00 PM
Yeah, and the inner fenders off! http://www.nastyz28.com/ubb/smile.gif
2 of the nuts that secure the parking brake bracket to the firewall and down under the brake booster, right next to the fuse block.
Have you taken your dash out yet? http://www.nastyz28.com/ubb/smile.gif
10-08-2003, 06:06:00 PM
right now i have my dash and my fenders/inner fenders off, is it really that hard to take out?!