My 80 Z Clone (Pic Heavy)

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  1. J. Chris Davis

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    I'm using mine for under the dash so the flat side will not be seen and if you put dressing on any of your interior parts they do get a little glossy. So I'm confident these panels will blend in fine.
     
  2. RS1979

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    Lowe's has some. I'll take a look at them.
     
  3. J. Chris Davis

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    So I've gotten a little side tracked. I had to replace my driver door handle because it decided to break. I finally got my door windows adjusted to near perfect fit with the new weather stripping. Just a couple of tweaks to the weather stripping and I should have a good seal all the way around. Since I had to take my door panels off I decided it was time to add power door lock switches to my set up. Since 2003 I've only had my keyless entry remote to lock and unlock the doors. I think I'm going to go with some 4th Gen Firebird switches and put them on the arm rest surface of my door panels. I think once I get this new project finished I can get the car in the air and start working on the parking brakes and the lower dash panels.
     
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    I am looking for a power door lock actuator harness plug for a 78-81 style actuator.
     
  5. J. Chris Davis

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    Found what I was looking for in a pile of old wiring I had laying around.
     
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    The door locks and keyless entry are wired and rewired and everything tests good. Found a couple of 4th gen Firebird door lock switches and a passenger side switch bezel to use. I started working on the switch bezel I got and started to cut that apart. Going to use that as a template for the switch holes and cut the switch mounts out of as well. Once I have a good template and measured on the lower door panel where I want them to go I will get that cut and start attaching the switch holders to the door panel. I think JB Weld should hold these on there pretty well. Along with the pictures I posted the wiring diagram I drew up for this setup.

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  7. J. Chris Davis

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    Got my templates made and door panels marked. Started cutting out the hole for the driver side switch. I will get more progress and hopefully some more pictures tomorrow. With any luck this should look good once I'm all done. I'm also thinking about using the steering wheel I put on my 87 IROC. I like the feel of it compared to the one I have on the 80. I'll just put the stock wheel back on the IROC for now. I can strip the black paint off if I don't like how it looks. It was originally natural aluminum, but I painted it for the looks in the IROC.

    Picture of the steering wheel currently in the IROC.
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  8. J. Chris Davis

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    Cut the switch holes in the door panels and glued the switch holders on over the weekend.

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    Picture of the harnesses I made for each door switch so I don't have to take the whole door panel apart to get the switch disconnected.

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  10. 80sz

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    Looking sweet. Nice install
     

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