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Old 05-05-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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52 pickup door panel (interior)

This will show how I do some door panels. This one is again a no sew, it is all done with glue and staples. I will take you through the entire build. First I will show you the materials I used. I started this panel back on April 1st for a friend, took this pic the other day. This door panel will be made to match a pleat design in his seats. It should be noted that the pics show it took a little over a month to finish the job, it was actually 8 days work, with life getting in the way the rest
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:35 PM   #2
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Old 05-05-2019, 05:38 PM   #3
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Hey Greg, just getting started will take a few days. Will post a link for the other guys later..Jim
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Re: 52 pickup door panel (interior)

I normally use 1/8" lauan to make my panels. Ed could get only 3/16" so this makes it a little harder to bend the way I want, but still doable. (forget to mention that the panels were made out of one sheet of 4'X8' lauan sheet)

Pic 1. I have already cut the lauan to fit the door, and drew up how the panel should look. I had placed the arm rest shere Ed wanted, drew the outline, then I put dots where I wanted to drill holes for mounting of arm rest.

Pic 2. Taped arm in place on panel.

Pic 3. Drilled back thru holes to mark arm rest.

Pic 4. I then followed instructions for arm rest. Drilled holes out to 3/8" so I could install inserts.

Pic 5. View from back side.
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Old 05-05-2019, 07:07 PM   #5
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Pic 1 View from back side of panel with screws installed to hold arm rest.

Pic 2 Arm rest attached to door.

Pic 3 Started cutting 2" wide stripes to make up pleats, total of 28. I know they look short, but they're not.
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The next 3 pics are showing the arch I made to match the arch of the arm rest.

First pic is bad, but the next two shows what I did.

After looking at the dates on the pics, I should tell you that I have other things going on, and I work on the panel when I have time (plus I'm and old fart).
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I take it you bought the armrest...care to share where they can be had...still gonna be awhile before I need stuff like this for my AD ...but all good info...
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I take it you bought the armrest...care to share where they can be had...still gonna be awhile before I need stuff like this for my AD ...but all good info...
I think Ed got them from the company that bought out Rod doors. Maybe Chevy's of the 40's...Jim
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Pic 1. This is the passenger panel, ran short on lauan, but had some old stuff in the basement to use. Just a different type of wood, light is birch, dark is walnut. Again about a week has gone bye.

Pic 2. I've cut material to fit all the panels. Take you time and measure twice or more before cutting, if you only have a small amount of material. On the pleated part, make sure to have extra length to go into the pleat, plus normal length.

Pic 3 Top section cut

Pic 4 Bottom section and for arm rest.

All of this was cut from 1 yd of material for each panel, 36" X 54"
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:52 PM   #10
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Pic 1 I start out doing about 4 pleats at a time. Spray the panel, then the material, use a brush to get in the pleat. Let everything set for about 5 minutes to tach up. Start smoothing the material on the flat surface, then feed material into low spots. I'm sorry I got ahead of myself and forgot pics of how to do this, but I show it on the drivers panel later.

Pic 2 Here is the first 4 pleats, that have been pressed into the low spot with bondo spreader or screen door roller. Continue doing about 4 or 5 pleats till finished.

Pic 3 Then glue to back side and staple down.

Pic 4 Remove extra material.
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Pic 1 This is the bottom section, I've stapled material at bottom of pleats. Again I forgot pics showing glueing bottom lauan section then glueing the material to it. It's the same for the top section, which I did take pics. When your doing this work you forget that you need to take pics, just get caught up in the glueing etc.

Pic 2 How the bottom section came out.
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:59 PM   #13
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Well it's late, will post more tomorrow...Jim
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Those turned out great, very nice work.
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Hope this may help someone that want's a easy panel to build for their ride. Any questions, I will try to answer.
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For those that find this thread, I should also mention that I did another style of door panels, back about 4 yrs ago. It has alot more detail on that panel. Here is the link http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=662380 ...Jim
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Jim, that is great work. Thank you for sharing.
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Jim, that is great work. Thank you for sharing.
Robert, Thank you. I don't do interior work very much, so I thought it might help someone. Thanks again for checking in out...Jim
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That's a really great write up! Thank you. A couple of questions, how are you going to attach the panel to the door? And, if you have the door release lever and a window crank, i.e. a TF truck, do you cut those hole before or after the material is laid down?
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That's a really great write up! Thank you. A couple of questions, how are you going to attach the panel to the door? And, if you have the door release lever and a window crank, i.e. a TF truck, do you cut those hole before or after the material is laid down?
First thank you. The owner of the truck wanted to use screws with black caps to hold the panel in place. Not how I wanted to do it, but he's the boss. Said he wanted to take it off himself if needed.

I would cut the holes first to fit everything and make sure they work. You could always make the hole larger for clearance, but a small cut in material would allow the crank to come thru...Jim
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Beautiful work Jim. I double checked and I don't think you mentioned the spacing for the slats.

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Beautiful work Jim. I double checked and I don't think you mentioned the spacing for the slats.

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Thanks Roger. Most of the time I use 1/4" for spacing, this allows material on both sides of the slat and looks good. Thanks for checking out the thread...Jim
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First thank you. The owner of the truck wanted to use screws with black caps to hold the panel in place. Not how I wanted to do it, but he's the boss. Said he wanted to take it off himself if needed.

I would cut the holes first to fit everything and make sure they work. You could always make the hole larger for clearance, but a small cut in material would allow the crank to come thru...Jim
Ok, thank you for that. So, then I'm curious as to how you would hang them on your truck, if you don't mind sharing.

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Ok, thank you for that. So, then I'm curious as to how you would hang them on your truck, if you don't mind sharing.

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Rick, don't mind at all. This is a door panel I did 4 yrs ago, it's the way I do most of my door panels. This is the link http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=662380 go to post 19 and 20, it shows how I do them. If more questions just ask away...Jim
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do you think the 3-m glue you used would work for a headliner repair on a 78 chev truck. Can,t buy the proper landeau contact cement here in Canada
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