Getz Interior Panels removed

09 Sep

Right, time for the next stage.

To start off where I finished last time, I had removed the seats, center console and the rear boot lining. I’m building an impressive pile of stuff from the car and the Getz is looking really roomy at the moment. If you’ve just tuned in, see previous posts for details on how to get to this point.

Next step is to remove the interior panels. I’m not touching the dash at this point, but will later. I’m not touching the doors either (it’s a 2 door car) as I’ve already done those previously. So pretty much the whole rear end has to come out so I can put Dynamat in there to deaden the sound.

Anyway, we start with the partially stripped car….

First things first, remove the spare tyre and all the junk on top of it. You’ll need to screw out the handle thing that holds the tyre in, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Just keep all the pieces together and put the wheel to the side.

Now that the wheel is out it gives you some where to perch while you start removing the trims. Let’s start with the rear trim.

Pretty easy going here. 3 steps – 1: 3 screws on the lower half of the trim, 2: 3 bolts in the mid section of the trim, 3: Once you’ve removed these, lift the whole section straight up (vertically) there are some clips underneath that you need to apply a little bit of pressure to. (note: don’t unscrew the hatch latch – no need) Once you’ve removed the panel, this is how it looks from the inside…

The order in which you do things here is pretty important.

It should be rear panel (above) first, then the part that would be the rear doors if this car had four doors. Then the rear quarter panel bit, then the part between that panel and the roof. I know these aren’t the technical terms, but if you know the technical names, you probably don’t need this guide. :p

So, to remove the next panel, you need to remove the seat belts. Not scary, the belts are still there and can be left hanging, but you need to remove the bolts that secure them at the bottom. Unless you really know what you’re doing, I’d recommend not messing with seat belts. You kind of need them to work if you have an accident. However, all we’re doing here is removing the bottom bolt, not a big deal.

Firstly, note that I’m starting on the passenger side. Then I’ll pack that side up and do the drivers side. No confusion then, and no need to have both parts out at the same time.

In previous posts I’ve shown you how to remove the belt adjuster as shown in the picture above. Do that again. Put the bolt into an ice cream container you wash up earlier and kept for such duties and just let the belt hang. It won’t get in the way, I promise.

As above, the rear passenger belt securing bolt is even easier. Just unbolt it and let it hang. It will be totally out of the way for this panel anyway. If you’re really worried about it scratching the trim, grab an off cut of carpet, foam or something, wrap it around the metal bit and cable tie it in place. Just cut the cable tie when you’re ready and you’re good to go.

After you’ve removed the two seat belt bits, it pretty much just a matter of undoing the screws. The trim is held in by a thousand clips, but just remove them gently but firmly and you’ll be fine. If you somehow manage to leave any of the plugs in the metal, just gently get two flathead screwdrivers and prise the sucker out. It will clip back into the trim pretty easily and then you’re okay to put the trim back on.

Below is a picture of the panel removed and sitting next to where it was removed from. Without me doing a terrible job in paint, you should be able to work out where the screws are and where the clips go.

That should be pretty straight forward. Just look at this photo before you remove the panel so you can get an idea of where the clips are. When you’re putting this back in later, it gets a little tricky where the panel meets the front door frame, but it will slip under – both the sill trill and the rubber seal. If not, just find a non metal thing (like a stick maybe?) and gently prize the rubber out from under the trim. Take you’re time and be gentle.

Next is the rear quarter panel. Not difficult, but from the picture below you’ll see why I said to do it in order. There are a couple of screws that can only be removed once the previous trim is removed.

The only two tricky things are the two clips on the sill of the rear hatch opening and the light. If you pull the trim out and the clips stay in the sill (like I did in the next photo), just prize them out with the two screw driver method as above.

The light I found to be a bit of a pain. I tried really hard to disconnect the clip and got scared I was going to break it. If you can diconnect it – perfect. If not, just pull the plastic part forward and then feed it back through the hole. It will still shine, but it’s better than breaking it. Once you’ve got that trim piece out, remove and add to the impressive pile of interior bits.

So now you have most of the panels removed. I need to reiterate that the idea behind this exercise to do the wiring and the dynamat for the stereo. The next couple of photos show me “removing” the upper panel. Problem is, in keeping with my seat belt theory, I won’t remove the panel entirely. For one, the seat belt thing scares me, but more importantly, I can’t work out how the hell to get around the front passenger seat belt housing bit. But, for what I need, I can just undo most of it and stick my hand up in there.

That said, I don’t think there were any screws for this panel. I’m pretty sure it was all just clips. So just give it a bit of a heave and it will come away fairly easily. If you’re doing the same as me, just pull it enough to get in there, you don’t need to get too gung-ho.

So that right there, in the picture above, is a naked Getz. Scary isn’t it? Anyway, when you’ve finished blushing, it’s time to move on to the reason why we stripped it in the first place – the dynamat….


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