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Some of you who helped me out may remember I had problems with the clips holding the armrest breaking when I removed my passenger door panel. Someone recommended JB-Weld, which I thought had worked great, until last week. I didn't get a chance to heat the garage up and work on it till today, and needless to say it isn't good. The JB-weld failed on both of the clips that held my armrest to the panel. I believe I have two choices.
One, as the panel was actually not supposed to be taken off, just call the dealer and get another one, but how much would that cost me?

Two, fix it with something stronger. Would Gorilla Glue do the job? Or something else? I've been thinking about bracing it up with some PVC or something, but I really don't want to do that.

Thanks for any and all help you can give.
 

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Some of you who helped me out may remember I had problems with the clips holding the armrest breaking when I removed my passenger door panel. Someone recommended JB-Weld, which I thought had worked great, until last week. I didn't get a chance to heat the garage up and work on it till today, and needless to say it isn't good. The JB-weld failed on both of the clips that held my armrest to the panel. I believe I have two choices.
One, as the panel was actually not supposed to be taken off, just call the dealer and get another one, but how much would that cost me?

Two, fix it with something stronger. Would Gorilla Glue do the job? Or something else? I've been thinking about bracing it up with some PVC or something, but I really don't want to do that.

Thanks for any and all help you can give.
Got any pics of what you're trying to accomplish? There are probably a million and one ways to do something like this, but if I'm going to try and help I'd like to see some pics of what you're talking about.
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Some of you who helped me out may remember I had problems with the clips holding the armrest breaking when I removed my passenger door panel. Someone recommended JB-Weld, which I thought had worked great, until last week. I didn't get a chance to heat the garage up and work on it till today, and needless to say it isn't good. The JB-weld failed on both of the clips that held my armrest to the panel. I believe I have two choices.
One, as the panel was actually not supposed to be taken off, just call the dealer and get another one, but how much would that cost me?

Two, fix it with something stronger. Would Gorilla Glue do the job? Or something else? I've been thinking about bracing it up with some PVC or something, but I really don't want to do that.

Thanks for any and all help you can give.
You will probably find 100% useable door panels at a recycler (boneyard, junkyard, etc). Depending on how much you want to spend/ how much cosmetics mean to you, you could also get some nice trim screws with matching washers and put a couple of them through the panel directly under the armrest. You would be best to drill a pilot hole in the door metal first. Also, if you pull off the panel you should identify the best place you want to use for anchoring with the screws (to make sure there are no wires or mechanisms that would get damaged) Personally, I would go the recycler route rather than new. When this happened to my wife's '89 it cost me over $50 for a new armrest. That was six years ago; god knows how much they are now.
 

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Here's some quick pictures. Sorry they're general, but it's hard to get the camera in the right spot.



 

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You're going to either have to find another pair of arm rests or get creative. Go to the scrap yard and remove the arm rest from an 80s Ford Mustang, Escort, or Tempo. The arm rest secures onto the door panel using a T shaped hinge/clip and also with two large screws and two small screws. You can also cut part of the door out where the arm rest secures to, so that you have a template and all the necessary clips as to how you could secure your armrest on.
It could be done with a number of vehicles, but those are the ones I believe are a close match and could work with some customization and creativity. Anything is possible, it just depends on how much work you want to put into it.
If you can find a pair of armrests, that would be the easiest and least time consuming job. There's always people parting these things out, just keep an eye out.
 

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One more angle to look at for the panels. Not long ago, I did some very, very similar repair work to a friends rear door panel. The armrest was completely off except where it is bolted to the door frame. I repositioned the arm rest to the panel, then carefully drilled a pilot hole in each broken point. With the correct small screws and back washers, everything came back together and firmly. Once the entire panel was re-attached to the door, it was smooth sailing. No flex, no gaps, no problems.

Good Luck,

Jayare
 

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One more angle to look at for the panels. Not long ago, I did some very, very similar repair work to a friends rear door panel. The armrest was completely off except where it is bolted to the door frame. I repositioned the arm rest to the panel, then carefully drilled a pilot hole in each broken point. With the correct small screws and back washers, everything came back together and firmly. Once the entire panel was re-attached to the door, it was smooth sailing. No flex, no gaps, no problems.

Good Luck,

Jayare
I think I'll definitely look into this. I'd rather spend a couple bucks at the hardware store than buy a whole now panel.
 

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do what Jayare suggested. remove the entire panel the proper way and attach the armrest from the back with screws. these things were originally attached with those plastics rivet-looking things that you broke off. it's like they melted these plastic pins to expand them around the holes, thus securing them in place. i would drill a pilot hole in each of those places and use a washer and self-taping screw. should be pretty straight forward.
 

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This repair sounds like it will attach the armrest to the panel but it won't secure it to the door. Other than the upper mount for the armrest, the panel will be flexing each time the door is opened and closed. The best solution is to pick up a used armrest. It couldn't cost more than $20 could it?
 
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