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1974 2000 GTV.- Door armrest installation

I would like to install the armrest in my 74 2000 GTV (the PO removed them) but I am unable to find in the interior door panel the holes where apparently the three (3) screw of the armrest should be fixed to it.
Somebody could show me with picture of the interior door panel with the exact location of the 3 holes?.
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Is there a reason why you cannot remove your own interior door panel to get the exact location of the three holes you are seeking to locate?
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I could be wrong about this but I think their were bolts permanently attached to the door hardware. They were intended to extend through holes in the arm rest and held in place with nuts. You need to take the door panel off and see what things look like as the previous owner may have removed the bolts. As an alternative to an arm rest, the GTA's had a pull strap which you can still buy from various European (not sure about Spruell or Centerline here in the states) vendors.

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There are two large Phillips head screws with beveled washers that secure the middle of the door card just below and centered where the armrest is located. I would use this is the starting reference point for relocating replacement armrests.

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I hope this image of the back side of my scruffy door cards helps
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The attached photo shows the alignment of the door armrest relative to the embossed stitching as well as the two Phillips screws under the armrest.
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The previous owner probably did not reinstall them because the design is ****. With the seat tipped forward so that kids can get into the rear seat the arm rest is smashed against the seat if the door is closed.

There are some areas on these cars where the designers need to take a good hard look at themselves!
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Thanks to all for the answers.
I was originally think that the two phillips screws located under the armrest were bolted to the metal door panel but apparently I was wrong. I am realizing now that the screws were bolted to the door card only. Is it right?

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Your original assumption is correct. The two phillip screws secure the interior door card to the door frame. The armrests are secured to the door card only. The picture provided by malcolm1 is missing the two phillip screw holes below the armrests.

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Your original assumption is correct. The two phillip screws secure the interior door card to the door frame. The armrests are secured to the door card only. The picture provided by malcolm1 is missing the two phillip screw holes below the armrests.
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So what I needing is where the two phillips screws located below the armrest are secured to the door frame.
I removed the door cards, but I can't see in the door frame the two holes where these two screws are fixed.

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Can you post a picture of your door?

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The screw holes beneath the armrests are located on the brackets indicated with arrows on the attached picture.
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Interesting info - the previous owner of my car must have skipped those fixings when he had the door cards remade

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The attached photo shows the alignment of the door armrest relative to the embossed stitching as well as the two Phillips screws under the armrest.
That photo should confirm the odd angle of the door handle is correct. I have seen quite a few cars where the owners have them 180 degrees the opposite way. Could be for comfort or it could be for esthetics but what looks correct, isn't correct.
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Most 2000GTVs I've seen have the inside door release handle oriented in anything other than the factory installed way, as in the photo. Even my Alfa mechanic rotated his handle 180 degrees saying what a stupid design it was to have to push the handle forward, and not pull it back, to open the door. From a safety perspective, a passenger might even gab the handle to brace for a frontal collision, thereby opening the door. So, personalizing the orientation is certainly understandable.

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