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How do i remove door handle, panel is loose and ready to come off.

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U slide the door panel over the door handle by holding the door handle in the pulled out position, no need to take it off, it would be easier to help you if u provided the year of the car since they have made the Tbird since the mid 1950's

Posted on May 31, 2009

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    yadayada Jun 01, 2009

    By the way I have pulled 100's of Tbird door panels from the midddle 80's (Turobo Bird) to when they stopped production of the large big Tbird in the midddle 90's, (Supercharged Bird) so the info is correct, I have been a Ford dealer tech for 35 years now.

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