Books on restoring Chevy door parts - Impala Tech
Interiors Upholstery & Soft Trim

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Weddington, NC
Posts: 91
Books on restoring Chevy door parts

Does anyone know of a book or video's on how to repair all aspects of Chevy doors?? From how to remove and replace locks, window felts, adjusting window glass, etc???

I know the assembly manuals are available but I'm looking for something more in depth.



1968 Impala SS Fastback 383 stroker
gnfast87 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-17-2015, 08:45 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,093
Blog Entries: 1

The Chevrolet Service Manuals are an invaluable tool for restorations:
here's what a 68 looks like although you can find them cheaper:


1966 Impala SS

Please Visit our new site:
1959 through 1988* window stickers, car shippers, dealer invoices, retail sales orders and tank stickers, expertly reproduced, for most Chevrolet Models.

fsc66 is online now  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-18-2015, 12:44 PM
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 12,751
Most books on restoration address collision damage repair (often explaining the cheapest cost effective to maximize body shop profits prospective versus actual preservation to concours quality), rust removal and patch panel replacement, as well as painting. Few talk about window registers or felts and seals.

The Fisher body repair manual offers a complete chapter covering just the door and rear quarter (back window). In my 1972 Nova (X-body) Fisher Body Service Manual there are eight pages of illustrated repair and adjustment information not covered in the other GM manuals that address parts that wear out or break from abuse.

I have seen videos on seal replacement that were associated with the companies that sell the seals. They do not illustrate using an Impala specifically, but the procedure is the same for most cars from this era.

Similarly I have seen how to adjust the registers on the weekend "How To ..." shows; specifically on Detroit Muscle (formerly Muscle Car when it was on Spike TV). This show (which changed names and relocated from California to a custom built facility in Tennessee over a production dispute over who owned what, and how the profits were going to be shared) has been most helpful to me as an introduction to body work. Starting with Lou Santiago, and working up to Tommy Boshers has had a series of personable and skilled body men explain and showing you how to for over a decade. They have covered every aspect of restoration and customization of sixties era muscle cars including a 1961 Impala (project "Red Sled") and I think it was a 1967 LeMans that was a basket case completely rusted out just like Red Sled was.

The adjustment of the window registers were once again shown on an episode of Truck Tech when repairing a Silverado project vehicle that was side swiped and totaled out. On that project they rebuilt it to illustrate body work techniques, and to show how cheap it was to repair the totaled truck if you eliminated the labor cost associated with a commercial repair. Window register is the name used to identify the mechanism that raises and lowers the side glass in the door and rear quarter.

Big Dave
Big Dave is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Impala Tech forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome