It is bad enough I had to purchase new Pony door panels, but I did luck out in not having to replace any of the stainless steel trim... the original was in great shape all but one scratch (my uncle really took care of this pony)... so here is the pictorial of what I did to ready my panels for installation....

took care of this pony)... so here is the pictorial of what I did to ready my panels for installation....

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Notice how dirty and dull they are

Notice how dirty and dull they are

These old panels make good holders while the SS accents are polished before being removed

These old panels make good holders while the SS accents are polished before being removed

nobody polishes like Mothers...

nobody polishes like Mothers...

I usually clean the metal a bit with some 0000 steel wool

I usually clean the metal a bit with some 0000 steel wool

after some wool and before mother gets her work in

after some wool and before mother gets her work in

Then a terry towel with the Mothers on it

Then a terry towel with the Mothers on it

Cant do much about that scratch but not worth replacing with new stuff that doesnt fit

Can't do much about that scratch but not worth replacing with new stuff that doesn't fit

its begining to shine a bit

its beginning to shine a bit

by using the panels to polish these before removing the chances of them being bent in the process is greatly reduced

by using the panels to polish these before removing the chances of them being bent in the process is greatly reduced

Now we are ready to remove the stainless steel accents

Now we are ready to remove the stainless steel accents

if the pony panels have never been touched since being installed from the factory, there will be two screws found under the black tape that need to be removed

if the pony panels have never been touched since being installed from the factory, there will be two screws found under the black tape that need to be removed

my big hand attempts to connect these two points

my big hand attempts to connect these two points

remove lower andor upper screw

remove lower and-or upper screw

be sure to save these as they will need to be reused

be sure to save these as they will need to be reused

before the outside trim comes off, it may be necessary to pry up a bit on the screw holes as the excess metal from the hole being made usually prevents this from lifitng out easily

before the outside trim comes off, it may be necessary to pry up a bit on the screw holes as the excess metal from the hole being made usually prevents this from lifting out easily

repeat for both screw holes

repeat for both screw holes

with a small screw driver lift up on the edge just ever so softly to get things started...

with a small screw driver lift up on the edge just ever so softly to get things started..

.move along making sure not to put too much pressure on the trim piece that it ends up bending

move along making sure not to put too much pressure on the trim piece that it ends up bending

it may be necessary as it was here to go a bit deeper with the small screw driver to get the trim to begin to pull away

it may be necessary as it was here to go a bit deeper with the small screw driver to get the trim to begin to pull away

now without the screwdriver, begin to pull the trim away from the panel

now without the screwdriver, begin to pull the trim away from the panel

trim is away

trim is away

ready for new panel... oh but there is one thing to do first before reattaching the trim to the new panel

ready for new panel... oh but there is one thing to do first before reattaching the trim to the new panel

remember those pesky little screws and the pointed holes.... need to flatten those out so the trim goes on the new panel without sticking and marking up the new edge

remember those pesky little screws and the pointed holes.... need to flatten those out so the trim goes on the new panel without sticking and marking up the new edge

the new panel

the new panel

I started at the end making sure to seat the panel all the way in the trim before the top and bottom

I started at the end making sure to seat the panel all the way in the trim before the top and bottom

once the trim was seated, I then slipped the trim pieces over the lip of the top and bottom at the same time

once the trim was seated, I then slipped the trim pieces over the lip of the top and bottom at the same time

making sure the trim is seated all the way around

making sure the trim is seated all the way around

reinstall those two little screws... I put tape back over them too

reinstall those two little screws... I put tape back over them too

removal of the inner trim is easy with a chissel

removal of the inner trim is easy with a chissel

pry them all up a bit

pry them all up a bit

then use your finger to get them up all the way

then use your finger to get them up all the way

carefully remove the old yet freshly polished inner trim being careful not to bend or distort is shape

carefully remove the old yet freshly polished inner trim being careful not to bend or distort is shape

the trim tabs will be bent at first

the trim tabs will be bent at first

use linemens pliyers if available to straighten

use linemen's pliers if available to straighten

this should be good enough

this should be good enough

i found it easy to place the panel on a cardboard box that allowed me to push the trim tabs through the panel and into the box allowing the inner trim to seat all the way down

i found it easy to place the panel on a cardboard box that allowed me to push the trim tabs through the panel and into the box allowing the inner trim to seat all the way down

carefully line up all those pesky holes

carefully line up all those pesky holes

not pictured is me using the linemens pliers to rebend the tabs

not pictured is me using the linemen's pliers to rebend the tabs

one down... one more to go

one down... one more to go


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