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Username Post: Any one ever make their own door panels?        (Topic#354839)
tkruger 
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01-14-19 09:44 AM - Post#2757328    

The 41 Chevy 4 door I am working on is a father sons project with the expected outcome being focused on working together and enjoying the task, not perfection.

Has anyone ever made the interior door panels for this car. Looking at these they are basically flat doors and it does not seem like it would be a difficult task to try. Was thinking some type of backer board with fabric attached to it like a headliner.

Any suggestions? It is to cold to work in the garage so looking for task that can be done in the house.



 


Rusty Heaps 
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01-14-19 01:38 PM - Post#2757355    
    In response to tkruger

plastic campaign signs work well for the backer board. just make sure the election is over.

I invest my money in precious metals, mostly rust!


 
Ray P W 
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01-14-19 02:49 PM - Post#2757364    
    In response to Rusty Heaps

tkruger,

Home Depot has 4' x 8' plywood 2.7 mm thick that seems like it would be perfect for what you're doing. I have a full sheet here for a project I'm doing and I just measured its thickness at 0.120".

Ray W



 
2blu52 
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01-14-19 04:47 PM - Post#2757376    
    In response to tkruger

I forgegt what I used but in 56 I redid the ddoors in a 51 with black and white Naugahyde and made some new panels.Wife did all the stitching.

"PEACE IS THAT GLORIUS MOMENT IN HISTORY WHEN EVERY ONE STANDS AROUND RELOADING"

THOMAS JEFFERSON


 
tkruger 
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01-15-19 09:34 AM - Post#2757448    
    In response to Ray P W

  • Ray P W Said:
tkruger,

Home Depot has 4' x 8' plywood 2.7 mm thick that seems like it would be perfect for what you're doing. I have a full sheet here for a project I'm doing and I just measured its thickness at 0.120".

Ray W



I was thinking of that as an option. What about MDF? I have seen that used for many projects.



 
blue_63 
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01-15-19 03:31 PM - Post#2757480    
    In response to tkruger

I have used a hardboard, which is the same as pegboard without the holes. I know several upholstery places that use it as it is flexible.



 
tkruger 
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01-16-19 06:01 AM - Post#2757523    
    In response to blue_63

  • blue_63 Said:
I have used a hardboard, which is the same as pegboard without the holes. I know several upholstery places that use it as it is flexible.



That is good to know. To attach it to the door I was thinking of using the more modern plastic GM door panel push in clips. Drill a hole in each corner and at the middle and push the panel on. Use a modern door panel tool then to remove it. Anyone see a better / simpler way? The middle should be held on with the handles.



 
Ray P W 
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01-17-19 09:09 AM - Post#2757595    
    In response to tkruger

01-15-19 08:34 AM - Post#2757448
In response to Ray P W

Ray P W Said:
tkruger,

Home Depot has 4' x 8' plywood 2.7 mm thick that seems like it would be perfect for what you're doing. I have a full sheet here for a project I'm doing and I just measured its thickness at 0.120".

Ray W



I was thinking of that as an option. What about MDF? I have seen that used for many projects.

tkruger,

I don't know what MDF is. The thin plywood seems perfect for your project. Somebody mentioned "hardboard". He may mean "Masonite". The Masonite of today is outright crap that is so soft you can dig your fingernails into it. It is nothing like the Masonite of decades ago that was hard, strong and machined beautifully.

Plywood has the advantage of holding staples well if you put padding under the upholstery to give it enough thickness that a 1/4" staple won't stick through.

Ray W



 
42Special 
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Reg: 09-24-16
01-20-19 03:32 PM - Post#2757818    
    In response to tkruger

here is a link to a company that sells the original style material as well as other items you may need.

https://www.perfectfit.com/15347/154533/Chipboar d-...



 


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