Firebird Door Panel Crack Repair - Door Panel Pandemic
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then our "crack" photo likely conjures up a caption laden with obscenities. If this sight looks familiar, then you probably own a Fourth-Gen Firebird and have, at some point, shared a similar sentiment. For those left wondering what we're discussing, you're looking at a typical door panel crack that plagues a huge portion of Fourth-Gen Firebirds populating today's roads. If you own such a car and haven't yet seen this, consider buying a lottery ticket, because luck may be on your side!
It seems that any Fourth-Gen Firebird is susceptible to this ailment, no matter how little it's driven or the level of care it receives, and there doesn't appear to be a specific pattern among the affected cars. Though the cracks tend to occur in the same location on each door panel-roughly 8 inches inward from the rear-they start small on some and can gradually lengthen over time. On others, a gaping crack happens in an instant when shutting the door, or even while sitting overnight.
Our Fourth-Gen Firebird had no apparent door panel issues, so preventing these cracks wasn't a major concern-that is, until this past spring, when we noticed pronounced depressions developing along the upper edges of both door panels. It was at that point we knew that immediate corrective action was required, or ours would become another statistic. Follow along as we modify its interior and prescribe a remedy to prevent the spreading of the Firebird door-panel-crack pandemic.

Photo Gallery: Firebird Door Panel Crack Repair - High Performance Pontiac Magazine

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