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Panel Truck Insulation
#1305401 Sun Mar 31 2019 05:23 AM
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Have all you panel truck owners put some type of insulation or sound deadening inside your cargo areas? It's like an echo chamber in there. It's a HUGE amount of space to fill - it would be expensive and time consuming to cover it completely. Would jute or similar be effective? Indoor-outdoor carpet? I sure would appreciate any ideas,suggestions or inspiration to save some money and reduce the noise level.

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Re: Panel Truck Insulation
MiraclePieCo #1305441 Sun Mar 31 2019 04:56 PM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
I used that silvery bubble-y stuff. I wish I would've used the 3M stuff I used everywhere else. I might go back in one day and do just that!

Re: Panel Truck Insulation
MiraclePieCo #1305486 Sun Mar 31 2019 10:03 PM
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Well today I got my answer: YES, it's absolutely necessary to cover the entire roof of panels and Subs with insulation! It was a mere 72-degree day and my roof was too hot to touch from the inside. Panel truck roofs are so large that insulation becomes much more crucial than for pickups. It was sweltering! I guess I'll have to not scrimp on interior insulation....


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Re: Panel Truck Insulation
MiraclePieCo #1306924 Sat Apr 13 2019 09:12 AM
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On anything with large surface area we use Lizard Skin. On pickup cabs Dynamat or bubble foil is okay but for heat and sound control where you want easy application and 100% coverage Lizard Skin is the best. A bit pricey but I put it in the same category as what Sreele is to rubber---you get what you pay for.


Evan
Re: Panel Truck Insulation
MiraclePieCo #1308098 Mon Apr 22 2019 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by miraclepieco
Well today I got my answer: YES, it's absolutely necessary to cover the entire roof of panels and Subs with insulation! It was a mere 72-degree day and my roof was too hot to touch from the inside. Panel truck roofs are so large that insulation becomes much more crucial than for pickups. It was sweltering! I guess I'll have to not scrimp on interior insulation....


I have painted the outside of the roof of my '57 Suburban white: it makes an amazing difference in temperature inside: Parked in the sun, it used to be that I could not touch the roof inside it was so hot; now it just gets lukewarm. I knew the theory (white reflects heat) but experiencing it was an eye-opener!
It seems the OP was talking about noise though, and yes, the roof of my Suburban is like a big drum: something I thought would help (but never got around to doing) would be to "stuff" something (rubber?...) between the roof skin and the roof crossmembers to prevent the skin from "flapping" and making noise.
My Suburban, which is usually parked outside, gets a lot of condensation inside the roof, so something that does not react to humidity (or soaks it up) is a must.


'57 Chevy Suburban sometimes towing a 1950 24ft Spartan trailer; '70 Chevy Impala.
Re: Panel Truck Insulation
MiraclePieCo #1308352 Wed Apr 24 2019 02:46 AM
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I used a product made by the makers of Lizard Skin on the inside of both the roof and firewall, then put Lizard Skin over it in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. I also put the Lizard Skin on the walls and inside the doors to further reduce noise. Can’t recall the name of the other product but it had ceramic particles suspended in it to reduce heat transfer. Worked great. The sound created by tapping on the roof went from a ringing to a thunk.

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MiraclePieCo #1308366 Wed Apr 24 2019 06:06 AM
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I had a tech tip for a long time here under "Tech Tips/Interior". The tip is gone. The Tip Was: On one of my suburbans, I used magnetic sign vinyl. Cut it and just stuck it on. No glue, no nothing. did not want to glue anything. You never get it off. The vinyl will last forever. Water proof, wipe it off with a damp cloth. Not the best sound deadening I guess but looks good and easy to install. Any color is available. I used white. Had to slip each piece under the bows using plastic spatulas and plastic tools.

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wave1957 #1308368 Wed Apr 24 2019 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by bartamos
On one of my suburbans, I used magnetic sign vinyl. Cut it and just stuck it on. No glue, no nothing. did not want to glue anything. You never get it off. The vinyl will last forever.


Now were thinking outside the box! I too am reluctant to slather the inside of my pristine interior walls with goop.

Originally Posted by wave1957
I have painted the outside of the roof of my '57 Suburban white: it makes an amazing difference in temperature inside.


I like the "paint it white" idea, but unfortunately my truck is black so I think it wouldn't look right.


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Re: Panel Truck Insulation
MiraclePieCo #1316187 Mon Jul 01 2019 05:29 PM
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Quietride website has insulation and headliners for the panels and subs.


Still trying to get ole Betsy back on the road.
Re: Panel Truck Insulation
MiraclePieCo #1316196 Mon Jul 01 2019 07:51 PM
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Thanks for the post, Craig

Quiet Ride has an interesting catalog, and a lot of nice looking products.

However, I think it has confusing title-listings for 54/55st years, and confusing descriptions for 54/55st products (sometimes referring to 1953 In the descriptions).

I might try the 54/55st Suburban “headliner” panels. If I do, I’ll report on the fit.

If anybody buys products, please report back here on the fit/finish.


Tim
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1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
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