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Locked in my Car

Well I did get out on the passenger side. Both the internal and external handles of the driver side door do not work. Does anyone know how I can get the door opened without destroying the car? PS I've seen the repair threads. But I do have to get the door open to get the panel off.

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Yes you need to get the door open to remove the door panel. I suspect if both handles failed simultaneously, that it has something to do with the latch. Sometimes they freeze up, so first try spraying som PB blaster in between the door and quarter panel near where the latch is, and also spend some time working the lock up and down both from inside the car and also with the key in the cylinder to see if one of them is binding. Worst case, you may want to go to the junkyard and get a door panel of the same color to replace yours, and then just cut and break yours out of the way to get access to see what is going on.

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how difficult is it to remove the dash panel? seeking alternatives. These cars are "few and far between" here. If the fender were removed could the hinge pin be cut?

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You can't get the dash out with the door panel in place

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In theory, the hinge pins could be cut if the fender was removed, but you still wouldn't be able to get the door opened that way due to the design of the latch.

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You won't be able to get the fender off because one screw comes out from the door side.

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all these great ideas but nobody has mentioned the obvious. weld the door shut and paint the confederate flag on the roof
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all these great ideas but nobody has mentioned the obvious. weld the door shut and paint the confederate flag on the roof

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Both the internal and external handles of the driver side door do not work.
Do they feel seized, or do they flap freely as if not connected?

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Maybe go through the rear speaker hole and cut the nut for the striker? It's been a while since I've been in there so I can't remember if this is feasible or not.

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Slim Jim I'm the door to actuate the rods?

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all these great ideas but nobody has mentioned the obvious. weld the door shut and paint the confederate flag on the roof
Bahahaha you beat me to it.
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all these great ideas but nobody has mentioned the obvious. weld the door shut and paint the confederate flag on the roof
Mine are bolted on with a big #12 on it.

You may have to pull the front seat to get the panel off.

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