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Quarter Panel Trim Restoration
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I'm wrapping up a full restoration on my 73 convertible & the interior shop is having a hard time trying to cover the quarter panel trim with vinyl. How should I direct him to complete this project? Also I noticed that the seats sit very low with factory seat tracks. Has any raised their seats by a few inches? Thanks

Frank
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#2
Hi Frank,

I had my '73 vert quarters covered in cream vinyl as well, and my trimmer did a great job. He said however, the job was not easy, and he had to sand down the old surface which was powder crumbling away, with a rough grade of sandpaper like a 80 and 180 grit, so the contact cement glue would take and form a good bond for the vinyl to stick to.

If your trimmer is wrestling with the job other than the crumbling surface issue, and can't get a win, he may not be up to scratch to do the work for you. My job cost me around $320.00 Australian.
Sorry, can't help with the seat tracks.

Greg.

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#3
Why not go with a new pair...see link. If you don't like these I saw a couple used sets on ebay. Has to be cheaper than putting vinyl over and will be original.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-1972-1973-M...3ce63a7d63

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1971-73-Mustang-...89&vxp=mtr

Jeff
1972 Q Code Convertible
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#4
The convertible should have a spacer about 1"tall between the track and seat bottom. They only go on the inside track near the driveshaft tunnel. That helps some.
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#5
Thanks for everyone response. I forgot to mention that the interior was white and I haven't seen any new white quarter panel trim for sale.
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#6
I bought the New quarter panels back in the spring, from MU.
I had to paint them Blue, they only come in Black ABS plastic, then I had to add the standoffs to the back side, and reinforce some of the critical areas with fiberglass from the back side.

they did come out looking great when I was done.
I'll try and take some pictures today if I get a chance.

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Iyman
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I forgot to mention that the interior was white and I haven't seen any new white quarter panel trim for sale.[quote=123FRANK321;192402]
Thanks for everyone response.



I haven't seen any new white quarter panel trim for sale.

You won't Frank, because the new panels are made of a black plastic,and have to be painted to suit your colored interior, whatever that may be. In your case it's white.

In my case, i was looking into replacing my original panels with the new plastic repro ones, but was put off by feedback of the new ones not fitting properly or having fitup issues, and the seatbelt cut out holes and the stud holes, not provided for. I went for getting mine recovered, and did not regret it at all. I was delighted with the end result, and it looks a million dollers. Again i say to you, that if this job is beyond your trimmer, consider taking your business somewhere else to a company that can do the job sucessfully.

Have a look at my thread on interiors, and see pics of my finished quarter panels in vinyl.

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-austi...-pics-tips


Best of luck,

Greg.Smile

whistling LORD, MR FORD - JERRY REED
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Austin Vert;192414 Wrote:In my case, i was looking into replacing my original panels with the new plastic repro ones, but was put off by feedback of the new ones not fitting properly or having fitup issues, and the seatbelt cut out holes and the stud holes, not provided for. I went for getting mine recovered, and did not regret it at all. I was delighted with the end result, and it looks a million dollers.


Bst of luck,

Greg.Smile

Greg, I spent sometime with a heat gun shaping, and some trimming it for a perfect fit, then I added the 3-4 plastic 1" spacers on the back side, and then I had to reinforce some of the areas with fiberglass (it was flimsy around the arm rest area.
but I have to say it was worth the $179 I paid and the 4 hrs of labor, and 2 cans of interior Lacquer.

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Iyman
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judge;192361 Wrote:The convertible should have a spacer about 1"tall between the track and seat bottom. They only go on the inside track near the driveshaft tunnel. That helps some.

Judge, when I have found these in a vert, they were on all 4 mounting points.
Don
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imusa76;192415 Wrote:
Austin Vert;192414 Wrote:In my case, i was looking into replacing my original panels with the new plastic repro ones, but was put off by feedback of the new ones not fitting properly or having fitup issues, and the seatbelt cut out holes and the stud holes, not provided for. I went for getting mine recovered, and did not regret it at all. I was delighted with the end result, and it looks a million dollers.


Bst of luck,

Greg.Smile

Greg, I spent sometime with a heat gun shaping, and some trimming it for a perfect fit, then I added the 3-4 plastic 1" spacers on the back side, and then I had to reinforce some of the areas with fiberglass (it was flimsy around the arm rest area.
but I have to say it was worth the $179 I paid and the 4 hrs of labor, and 2 cans of interior Lacquer.

Fair enough Iyman, but you did say you liked what i had done and thought it was a good idea in my interior thread i posted a while ago.

http://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-austi...-pics-tips

Cheers,

Greg.Smile

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