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Custom Rear interior panels
#1
My car is going to the fabrication shop for the next week or so to have a custom roll bar built for it.

I'm not planning on reusing the interior panels or rear seat, but will need to finish off the interior. I'm also probably going to remove the trap door and close it off with a piece of sheet metal. As my battery is in the trunk, I'll need to isolate the trunk from the interior completely.[/b]

I am thinking either aluminum panels for the sides and carpet for the floor, or possibly masonite covered in color matched vinyl.

If anyone has done something of this nature or has photos of something similar, I could use inspiration.

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#2
I wish I had saved some pics. I had to make the interior of my old Triumph from scratch. What I used for the door panels was that white craft board with the foam center as it is moisture resistant and covered it with a very thin foam then the vinyl. I also used the foam board to cut out a design that I adhered to the panels before covering with foam and vinyl to give it some detail. It is fairly simple. I used cardboard to make templates first so I did not waste the white craft board. I think they call it polystyrene extruded foam board.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason


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#3
During my recent visit to Mexico I was able to see and photograph a 1971 Mustang GT-351 (Mexican Mustang) tribute car. I was modded as a tribute but it also had completely upholstered interior. All interior panels were custom built/stitched. Even the dash panel! Here are a few pics of that car. It was very nicely done!


   

   

   

   

Ray

1971 Boss 351  
1972 Q code 4 speed convertible 
1971 Mustang Sportsroof  351-2V FMX 
1973 Mach 1 (parts car)
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#4
Well, now that I have the car back, I can see what I am facing. I think I have a plan to deal with everything, but it is going to require cutting about 4" out of the lower section of the inner rear panels and bonding it all back together and adding some material back to meet the front edge.

Has anyone ever bonded this interior panel material and if so what did you use?

My plan is to build a light metal inner structure to hold the parts together in the proper position- I don't know if it can be done well enough to avoid having to cover the panels-though the modifications are really not going to be easily visible to anyone once it is installed-still I want to do it well.

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#5
Just a thought. I'm not sure it would be worth cutting up good original interior panels and trying to section them back together. I don't think the seams will look great and the texture would be difficult to replicate if you tried to fiberglass the seams. What about building the inner structure your are talking about and then making templates from cardboard to cover them and use the templates to cut and fab the panels from aluminum for an all out race look. Not sure what you will all have to work around and what your skills are in regard to welding aluminum. You could always cover the aluminum with a light foam and leather for a more finished look as well.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason


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#6
Well, the panels I have are far from pristine with large holes that will be in the area that I am cutting.

I'll end up with 2 major seams. One will be behind the roll bar and the other will be behind the back seat and the only way to access the back seat is by removing the driver's seat and crawling through.

I am sure that I will not be able to make the panels perfect, but I do believe that most of the imperfections can be hidden or covered adequately to make it worthwhile.

I don't weld aluminum, but I am very good with a rivet gun Wink

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#7
A Rivet gun and some panel adhesive on the aluminum might look cool.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason


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#8
Okay, so last night I started on one of the panels. I'll post a picture or two, but I'm not real far along and I ran out of the proper sized rivets.

The front portion will be filled with a flat sheet of plastic, but i need to cut punch and bend some steel to create supports after a trial fitting.

I plan on using solvent welding to fill the gaps, holes etc. I did find a nice article on this method and am going to pick up the necessary solvent-I'm going to try acetone first.

https://www.hemmings.com/blog/index.php/...-plastics/

If I don't get an acceptable result the panels will be covered in padding and vinyl. the panels will be painted with SEM if I can get them to look acceptable

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#9
I would go this route. Let me know if you need any help. I could probably knock it out in a couple of hours. Only if you supply the beers. Make sure you bring a lot for you so that the lousy job that I do that looks nothing like this, will look like it before the hangover wears off. rofl

   

BKDunha
72 Mach 1 H-Code (Concourse driven restoration)
67 S-Code Factory GT with 4-Spd

68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)
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#10
That's very nice, but I bet it is loud! Maybe the beer will result in me losing my hearing. If I could do that I would-but it is beyond my talent level at this time

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