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Need to know a few secrets! Door replacement

Hi Guys I am deeply grateful to you for the link to the Bentleys manual!
I have owned my 525 from new (1989) and covered only 52,000 miles!
I've been in Dubai for 10 years, and she's been mothballed.
Just recently, she's been abused twice on supermarket carparks!

The latest B**tard has stoved in my driver's door to the point that re-skinning was out of the question!

I have, after 8 months found one the same colour, 6 months younger than mine, that has an acceptable door, and I've bought it.

This week I have a friend comming to help me swap the doors over and I've been swatting up the manual in preparation.

It's not just a straight swap over, I'm wanting to keep my own door mirror housing (not as scratched) and ofcourse, the door lock barrel.
Reading the manual, these seem pretty simple changes, (I'm assuming that I just swap the entire doorlock assembly?)
The one thing that is not mentioned in either the Bently or Haynes manuals is the trim strip that runs along the bottom edge of the doors.

The donor door one is split (horizontally) and looks tatty whilst mine is intact.
Just looking at them, I get the feeling they are merely a "push fit", and could be "persuaded" off by gently tapping downwards on the inside edge where it laps over the door seam resting a strip of wood on the top edge and tapping it off with a hammer.
Maybe I would be well advised to pre-soak the strip with WD40 in advance as a sort of laxative!

Any tips or tricks would be gratefully received ....before Tuesday Morning!!

If anyone is interested, once I've had the door, the rest of the car is superfluous to me, and it's MOT'd till next March.
I can confidently say that the engine and manual box gave me a surprisingly plesant drive back to Manchester from Darlington where I collected it from.
It was surprisingly responsive and powerfull...especially since it's done 100k miles more than mine!
Plate might be interesing to some it ends WTF (What The F**k)
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