door panel idea

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    ULTM8Z Veteran Member

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    With everything around me pretty much shut down, I'm wondering about my next car project...

    Thinking about bringing my door panels up to my "updated factory" look...

    The black inlays could be a combination of madrid grain black vinyl as well as perforated faux leather to match the seats. The dark grey perimeter could be a carbon fiber appearing vinyl wrap, or maybe a darker brushed metal. Maybe a matching inlay on the shifter plate.

    Thoughts?

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    Possible variation... Maybe wrap the door pull pad in the black faux perforated leather as well...

    Again, looking to maintain the "feel" of the 1971 interior which I love, but with an updated feel.

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    That is cool, and should look good, and at least it is easy to go back, right?
     
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    I still think the early 2nd gens had about the best instrument panel layouts ever. Very clean and easy to see the gauges. The upgrade with the dash pad material (stitched leather, I assume) looks really nice.
     
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    Well I'd probably have to cut up my door panels, so to go back would mean new door panels.

    Either that or I try to generate some new ones. Probably not too tough since overall it'd be just a flat piece with some reliefs for the black inserts. Year One sells the correct color Dark Saddle material. The rest of the stuff I'd just get off of Ebay.
     
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    Agreed... and the wrap around instrument panel. I've always felt the the early 2nd gens were ahead of their time.

    Not sure if I'd attempt the dash recovering though... would definitely have to get that professionally done.
     
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    So I think I'm going to give this a shot... generate some new panels.

    Where can I get heavy cardboard sheet?

    Year One has the correct dark saddle material, and I can get black madrid grain and faux perforated leather on ebay pretty cheap.

    I've been looking at some videos on ebay and it seems like it shouldn't be that tough to generate these panels.
     
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    I used to make door panels for porsches and vw's and I never like using wood or cardboard because if they get wet they go bad, instead I used expanded pvc sheet (sign people call them sintra) is affordable, cuts very easy and clean and rigid, sign people keep them and can sell you sheets of it.
     
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    Also known as Sunboard and Paylite.

    It’s what all the upholstery shops around me use.
     

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