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  • #2
    There is a special treated board for this use. An upholstery supplyer should be able to help you. The better material is the black, but there is also a buff colored material available. If you don't have an upholstery supply house in your area check with an upholstery shop.

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    • #3
      I found and used tempered Masonite. It's just under 1/8 thick, flexible enough to bow to the shape of the door, and not too hard to work.

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      '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
      '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
      ....On the road, again....
      '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
      All Indiana built cars

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      • #4
        You may want to check with Jim Lawrence of FBN Upholstery, Inc. He may have what you need, or can make them.

        FBN Upholstery, Inc.
        304-337-8693


        Jim Bradley
        Lewistown PA
        '78 Avanti II
        Jim Bradley
        Lake Monticello, VA
        '78 Avanti II
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        • #5
          I went to Menards (but any home improvement store should have it) and bought 1/8" thick fiberboard in a 4'x 4' sheet. It is very dense and holds an upholstery staple very well and adhesive adheres to it very well and it's very inexpensive.
          Aside from that, some people are using a plastic sheet material but I don't have any details for such.


          Autumn at Lake Barget
          In the middle of Minnestudea
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          • #6
            Restoarton Specialties sells the black stuff. Shipping is expensive though.

            Moisture absorption is an issue with stuff that isn't made to be outside but I've had pieces of fiberboard like Milaca suggested in my unheated garage for years and they seem none the worse for wear so the home center stuff might be a good choice. Put a vapor/moisture barrier of plastic sheathing between the panael and the door and it should hold up well.

            ErnieR



            1988 "Beater" Avanti---R5388 @ Macungie 2006

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            • #7
              I knew a trimmer, the late Denny Hipp, that used mahogany door skin.

              AL SORAN RACING

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              • #8
                John

                It appears you live near a large city. St Louis, Mo. There should be a few operations that supply plastic sheet. The black plastic is, I believe, ABS sheet. Most any decent plastics destributor should handle it.

                It is waterproof, used in drain pipe, should hold staples well and can be cemented together.

                Bob

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                • #9
                  Jim Lawrence is indeed the guy. He can make them from quality material for you. I know Ernie Loga makes them as well, but I'm not sure if he does other than trucks. Moot point right now, since he's temporarily suspended business while he rebuilds from a fire.

                  Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
                  Parish, central NY 13131

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                  • #10
                    Ernie Loga does cars also. All of my door panels came from him. He has most of the patterns. But you will have to wait for a while he is recovering form a fire right now.

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                    • #11
                      By the time it takes to cut out all the fastener holes door handles and window cranks it's easier to get one from Ernie Loga.

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                      • #12
                        For anyone doing door panels on an Avanti, I highly recommend 1/8" tempered masonite as the foundation material as it helps strengthen the inner panels to keep them from cracking. That's not really a problem with a steel car though!

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by BubbaBear
                          I used plastic.



                          No sewing involved, just 3M spray adhesive.


                          You'll see no screw heads on these door panels.[^]

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                          Jerry Forrester
                          Forrester's Chrome
                          Douglasville, Georgia
                          Jerry Forrester
                          Forrester's Chrome
                          Douglasville, Georgia

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                          • #14
                            I got the board I used for the door panels on my 47 some years back from South Grand Auto Upholstery. I am not sure if they still stock it or not. It takes some time to cut out the holes etc for the clips and handles. Next time I plan on buying from Ernie as getting the clip holes lined up was somewhat a pain.

                            Milt

                            1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
                            1961 Hawk
                            1964 Convertable
                            1967 Avanti
                            1961 Lark 2 door
                            1950 Commander Starlight

                            Milt

                            1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
                            1961 Hawk 4-speed
                            1967 Avanti
                            1961 Lark 2 door
                            1988 Avanti Convertible

                            Member of SDC since 1973

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                            • #15
                              I too had some issues with getting clip holes exactly where they belonged being that I used the old original panel as a pattern and it was severely warped from water damage and perhaps shrunk also.


                              Autumn at Lake Barget
                              In the middle of Minnestudea
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