METAL BODY REPAIR - OD1653 - LESSON 1/TASK 1
(6) Moldings used around the rear windows are usually installed in the
same manner as the windshields.
(7) Before moldings can be removed, it is necessary to break the seal
between the weatherstrip and the body. This can be done easily by inserting
a thin knife blade between the weatherstrip and the body, then running it
along the length of the molding.
(8) Combat-type vehicles do not use a garnish molding. The door usually
is of a one-piece construction. The door glass has a sheet metal frame that
goes around it. The entire unit is secured to the lower glass channel with
(1) On some makes of sedans, the lock on the front door is constructed
integrally with the door handle push button.
On other makes, the locking
mechanism is separate from the handle. A separate opening in the door panel
is provided for the lock to be installed.
(2) Outside door handles extend through the outer panel into the inner
panel where the linkage is connected to operate the latch mechanism. Door
handles are fastened in place by means of a machine screw through the inner
panel. Combat-type vehicle's outside door handles are fastened in place by
two screws which are screwed into the outside door panel.
(3) Inside door handles are held in place by a push-fit pin that is
concealed under the escutcheon when it is in place.
An internal spring
allows the escutcheon to be depressed for access to this retaining pin.
(4) Another type of door handle which is used on some vehicles has an
integral handle and escutcheon held in place by a spring retainer or
(5) It is necessary to use a special pair of thin-nose pliers, or a flat
tool made for this type of retaining pin, to remove the pin before the
handle can be removed.