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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1348692 Tue Mar 03 2020 05:13 PM
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Some have said a old treadle machine will work for stitching interior seats.


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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1348777 Wed Mar 04 2020 05:51 PM
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I have a buddy at work that upholsters furniture and he's going to do the work for me. Just need to decide on how thick the backing needs to be.

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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1349469 Tue Mar 10 2020 04:43 PM
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I've got to many projects going on. Wife and I have plans on going down town this coming weekend to a fabric shop to see what kind of leather we can find for the door panels.


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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1356601 Wed Apr 22 2020 05:03 PM
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Ok guys I'm back on my door panels since I have a lot of time on my hands due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I bought some 1/8" Hardboard Tempered Panel at Home Depot and got one panel cut. I drilled the holes a little over-sized so the panel would float a little to line it up. Ran into a problem. The panel is hitting the door remote at the handle and the rod causing the panel to buckle a little at the top right and making the door handle not work very well. The spring now will not return the door handle back to it's default position. I checked the thickness of the original black board panel with calipers and it is 5/64". Not much difference in the 1/8" thick panel I have. I tried adding 1/8" washers behind the panel but still to tight. How did you guys remedy this issue???

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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1356625 Wed Apr 22 2020 08:06 PM
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I'm into this late, but originally those were made from heavy cardboard (3/33" thick) and the door handle and the window handle had a foam rubber washer keeping the panel pushed away slightly. Between the handle and the panel was a durable plastic washer. There was a metal perimeter frame. That washer did produce a bulge, but it wasn't unsightly. That foam rubber is exactly the stuff mousepads were made from and the same thickness. If you can find one of those old mousepads it would be perfect to use. There was also a thin jute fiber piece which mounted over the door handle rod in some years, but it didn't last long and you almost never see one still intact today. It was to keep that rod from rattling (which it will do). You can make one out of 1.5mm thick leather which will outlast you. Cut it about 4 or 5 inches long by about 2 inches wide. Fold it over the rod about 10 inches from the door handle and staple it together a couple of times at the bottom. You probably could use thick naugahyde also. Lacking that heavy cardboard, you can also use Formica counter material (which works well, fits into the frame, can be covered with vinyl if desired and will not shrink nor warp. Good luck.


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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
Jon G #1356652 Wed Apr 22 2020 09:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Jon G
I'm into this late, but originally those were made from heavy cardboard (3/33" thick) and the door handle and the window handle had a foam rubber washer keeping the panel pushed away slightly. Between the handle and the panel was a durable plastic washer. There was a metal perimeter frame. That washer did produce a bulge, but it wasn't unsightly. That foam rubber is exactly the stuff mousepads were made from and the same thickness. If you can find one of those old mousepads it would be perfect to use. There was also a thin jute fiber piece which mounted over the door handle rod in some years, but it didn't last long and you almost never see one still intact today. It was to keep that rod from rattling (which it will do). You can make one out of 1.5mm thick leather which will outlast you. Cut it about 4 or 5 inches long by about 2 inches wide. Fold it over the rod about 10 inches from the door handle and staple it together a couple of times at the bottom. You probably could use thick naugahyde also. Lacking that heavy cardboard, you can also use Formica counter material (which works well, fits into the frame, can be covered with vinyl if desired and will not shrink nor warp. Good luck.
Yup. Just pulled those off the truck.

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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1356718 Thu Apr 23 2020 12:41 PM
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I used Formica for my door panels and ceiling. It looks great!

Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1356750 Thu Apr 23 2020 03:00 PM
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If you want to retain the look of original AD door panels with much greater durability, this is what I did. Purchase a set of the cheap cardboard panels sold everywhere. Then buy vinyl upholstery material (available at Jim Carter) that’s same grain & color as your seat cover. Use spray adhesive (like 3M super 77) to glue the vinyl material over the cardboard wrapping the edges. Then reinstall the trim,- mine required slight spreading in the corners. You end up with a very original looking matching set of door panels and seat cover that is waterproof and long lasting. Mine are 8-10 years old and still look like new.

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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1356764 Thu Apr 23 2020 05:36 PM
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Thanks for the reply's guys. Lots of different ways to go about this. Got it figured out and working great. I cut a clearance slot for the remote bar to operate. With all screws tightened up (no washers added behind the panel) and the arm rest in place it operates smoothly. The round head where the bar fastens onto the remote is flush with the panel. Once the 1/2" pad and OEM leather (same as my seat leather) are secured to the panel I don't think you'll even notice anything. I'm a Happy Camper ☺

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Re: *Stitching On Door Panels*
olezippi #1357410 Mon Apr 27 2020 12:21 PM
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I have my Ford Charcoal material ordered (could not find the OEM leather) but it's taking it's time coming from CA. Don't like gluing the material on the door panels so I bought some 1/4" staples. I wanted to use 1/8" staples but can't be found locally. The 1/4" staples go through the panel so I'll have to figure something out there. Maybe add a shim. I wanted to use 1/4" foam but can't find anything but 1/2" locally. These door panels are fighting me the whole way. I'm hoping the material I ordered is the same color that was pictured.

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