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Old 02-17-2012, 06:17 PM
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Hey guys. I have a 1960 T-bird with excellent condition interior. It's a cherry red with black (exterior paint is black) but I'm having a little trouble with the kicks and door panels. The upholstery is great but it seems as thought the door panel cards are starting to give....They aren't going to last another winter.

My question for you guys is if anyone knows where to get the door cards alone, without buying arm rest, trim and all of the upholstery, or if anyone has experience with making some. I was thinking about making some out of a thick plastic but i don't know measurements or anything...i'd hate to take them apart only to have ruined them. Can anyone help?

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:55 PM
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All of the T-Bird vendors sell replacement door panels. They are not cheap, about $550-600 for a pair. You have to reuse the stainless trim and arm rests from your old ones. New kick panels are also available. As far as making them it's a little more difficult on a '60 because of the curve at the top.
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Old 02-17-2012, 08:09 PM
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David, you could try to rebuild them as I had done for my 58 shown in the picture series below. I used the old panels for patterns with new 1/4" untempered hardboard, but maybe a styrene plastic sheeting would be better. Whatever panel material you use you will want it to hold staples for tacking the upholstery back on.
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I will also build myself 60 doors as my original 58 have changed forms and became half-soft and sloppy. Someone have already done quite a bad job to mine in the past as the chrome strip goes under the upper panel (!). Anyway, I will keep the original parts if I ever change my mind, but I totally love the 60:s doors. Think they are among the best in the whole car history , so I bought the hardware in pretty good shape on Ebay a few years ago. Now to my question: Jed; Can you reload your pictures in a much bigger size or perhaps mail them to me?
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The cards for the doors, kick panels and quarter are available, but as Jopizz mentions the 60's have a curve at the top and I've got no experience modifying these. They work fine on the 58-9.
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... Now to my question: Jed; Can you reload your pictures in a much bigger size or perhaps mail them to me?
Anders, I shall email you the individual pics which are a larger size, but don't get your hopes up on resolution as the pictures where taken before I owned a digital camera. As I recall the pictures had been grabbed as frames off a VHS video tape.
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Sorry for the delay, Guys. I have been looking around for someone that might make some door panel cards and I found one guy on ebay that does (out of all places in the world). The going rate is $150 bucks plus $50 shipping. I asked him if the cards are flat and he said yes. Although he said they would fit 58' 59' and 60' tbirds. I think I'm going to have my upholstery guy make some for me.

I'm going to look for that link again and post it.

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Sorry for the delay, Guys. I have been looking around for someone that might make some door panel cards and I found one guy on ebay that does (out of all places in the world). The going rate is $150 bucks plus $50 shipping. I asked him if the cards are flat and he said yes. Although he said they would fit 58' 59' and 60' tbirds. I think I'm going to have my upholstery guy make some for me.

I'm going to look for that link again and post it.

thanks guys!

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Strange. The shape of the 58 & 59 is different to the 60. The 60 is going all the way up to the window and it have a big cut out for the hardware ( door handle and chrome stuff ). The most important question though is: What material are these door panels made of? Its 2012 and it should be pretty water resistant.
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I've seen that on Ebay also and I wouldn't trust it. You can go to the local home center store and buy two pieces of 2x4 masonnite and cut out flat pieces for about $10. The seller is in Pennsylvania and he says they are made in Canada. If he doesn't know there's a difference in the '60 cardboard from the '58 and '59 then it speaks for itself.
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That's what I thought...I would assume that the 60' door cards would be diffferent due to trim and interior arm rest. I am starting to think up something to make by myself. Or get one of my upholstery guys to help me make something durable (the cardboard and stuff isn't going to '
cut' it if I want the door panels to last a long time). I would just hate to buy new panels if mine are in great shape...it's just the boards that are giving up. I'll take some photos tonight and post them! maybe that would help.

thanks for the feedback, i'll pass on the ebay purchase
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