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Old 05-17-18, 05:59 PM
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Interior Panel Removal Help


I am currently attempting to restore my 1983 GS Rx7 and am having trouble removing interior panels so I can start grinding away rust. I would also like to possibly re-cover these panels in new vinyl. I have attached pictures of the panels in question (the panels above the wheel well between the door and rear glass). I think the first step is removing the seatbelt attachment, but I can't seem to get this bolt out. Anyone who has removed these panels before please guide me on how to remove the seatbelt attachment as well as the panels.

Also, this may be a dumb question but could I fill the rusted wheel well areas with body filler or do I have to do some metal patchwork?

any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 05-18-18, 12:16 AM
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why the seatbelt bolt is not coming out is beyond me, but it should. As for the wheel well, I would not use body filler. I would consider useing lead like the old school bodymen did before polys.
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You really need to cut out the rust and weld in patch panels. I would then treat the areas around it with something like POR to encapsulate any surface rust. You don't want to do this again.
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