Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Injun Territory, 'Merica!
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To remove the large plastic side panel on the later 2 door hardtop Abodys like in your '71 LeMans, will need to slide the front seat(s) all the way forward, then climb in back seat footwell and carefully with your feet curled up and heels against the very lower portion of front seats, use you hands, and may take your knees to push against the lower rear seat cushion. Have to slightly push the bottom of the frame backwards to pop the lwr seat off the catches on the floor. Once you have the lwr seat cushion out of the car, you can remove the two bolts holding the tabs from the upper cushion to the floor, then lift up, and remove the upper cushion as well. Next will see a few screws that attach the plastic panel to the inner sheet metal. On a nice plastic panel in a parts car, a place of concern is the rear of the plastic panel where the sheet metal strip attaches. many in boneyards will go to haphazardly pulling on the plastic panel, often the panel will crack in the rear where the hidden screws go through, rendering the panel next to useless. Best to follow the sheet metal filler panel up to the top and unscrew its fastener(s), then the large plastic panel will come out with the metal strip attached.