Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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Continuing to work the interior of my '70 1600 car, I took on the task of making new interior rear side panels. I started with a single survivor to use as a template.
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I removed the vinyl and foam padding so I could use the base as a template and cut out the new bases out of 1/8" thick panel board.
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Before attaching the new foam, I "test fit" them and trimmed any edges that needed it.
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I applied 3M Super 77 to one side of the panel board and the foam to ensure a good bond to the panel board.
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I laid the panel with foam attached onto the vinyl and traced an outline about 1" from the edge of the board. I used the 3M Super 77 again to attach the vinyl to the foam, applying a coat of the adhesive to both for a good bond.
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I found using Weldwood Contact Cement provided the best bond of the vinyl to the back of the panel board. I applied a coat to the board and vinyl, let them set up for a few minutes, then pulled the vinyl taught and pressed in place on the back of the board. I used some plastic door shims and clamps to hold the vinyl tight against the board for about 30 minutes to let the contact cement set. Around the curved edges I cut the vinyl so it would not overlap on the back. This was the most tedious part - one section at a time, let it dry, move on to the next...
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I did not attach the snap button to the new panels yet. The original ones are riveted to the panel. I should be able to add any in the future by screwing them in place if I need to for securing a convertible top boot.
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I purchased new panel clips from Dean. Before I complete the install of the new panels, I'm going to replace all the twisties and posts along the body in this area; they are much easier to install without the panels and the tub skirt-trim piece in the way. I'm also taking the opportunity to clean up and paint the convertible top mounting brackets and the top cable receivers.
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This little project wasn't all that difficult - just a time consuming one - but very rewarding.

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Re: Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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Looks like you nailed it! Nice work.
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Very nice work!
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Not a bad idea to do it yourself, since the mass produced ones require some taking apart, trimming and gluing back together. Very good job!
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Re: Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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suggest using some short staples on back to add extra strength to the glue.

worked well for me!
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those look really good :D
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Re: Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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Where do you source the panel material ? I need panel material for the front on each side as well as the panels on the area behind the seats.
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Tony -

Here's my materials list and sources for this project:

- 1/8" thick "project panel tempered hardboard" from Home Depot. That's what they call it.
- 3/16" thick foam padding, medium density from Your Auto Trim Store. www.yourautotrim.com
- Doe skin vinyl from Albright's Supply. www.albrightssupply.com

Good luck!

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Most auto upholsterers also carry a heavy 'card' material.
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JoAnn fabrics can supply the soft materials.
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+1 JoAnn Fabrics. www.joann.com
Has vinyl, foam, glue and also excellent advice from the sales reps.
I think peg board gives a bit more flexibility and you can use the fasteners in one of the many holes as needed
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The plastic boards used to make street signs (think political signs since it is that season) works well as a base as well...
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Re: Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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Nice work! I find that a lot of the work on these cars isn’t difficult, just time consuming, if done correctly.

I also second the use of short staples.

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Re: Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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So if I understand this correctly, the foam layer should prevent the Panel clips from showing a silhouette through to the vinyl material? Therefore maybe the vinyl should not be pulled to tight? Maybe I don't understand how the clips attach? Also I would imagine instead of peel and stick sound deadeners applied directly to the sheet metal you could do it to the backer board while you have it off, no?
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Re: Creating New Interior Rear Side Panels

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@dac21

Foam layer is both practical and cosmetic

Pulling the vinyl pretty tight is best - the foam will hide all - remember typically since everything is vertical - there is no 'downward' pressure on the vinyl.

Sure, you could put sound deadening material there - but not sure what it would achieve. Also remember to mark the holes in the material where the holes in the metal are.
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