My weapons of choice. Gunk penetrating oil, a hammer, a selection of screwdrivers, a small crescent wrench, and a hacksaw blade.
Then, there would be the occasional super stubborn one, ugh. This one I ended up grinding the head off of it - it was a screw from the non-existent arm wrest, so I didn't need to save the threads for right now. We are going to sell the door, so the next person will have to worry about that one loan screw on this door. Amazingly, this door has NO ROT on the bottom of the carcass. It is also interesting to see what an original door with no rot looks like! It has two elongated (factory) drain holes in the bottom as well as a channel on the bottom with a door sweep rubber. Interesting!
Whew, finally got the door panel off! Underneath was this color - I had no idea they originally did a khaki brown interior on these trucks, haha.
I ended up starting to grind off the head - and then it moved..... so, I was able to get it out with the pliers.
whoop whoop! Working door latches in both doors now! It was a MIRACLE that I got those little headless screws out that hold the handles in. Seriously! The passenger door knob is keyed - which is weird (why not the drivers door?) - it is at the locksmith now HOPING to get it functioning and a key. I am also HOPING he doesn't ruin it because it almost irreplaceable! I have had a total of 4 sets of doors and it is the only one I have!
I am ordering window regulator bushings today....might as well replace the rotten ones while I have it all apart and have smooth operating regulators with the new fuzzy channel and new rubber setting channel when I get new glass made :) I think we will just go with clear glass and we can tint the glass later if we decide we want to.
Anyhow, feeling victorious with those door latches! I win!