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Old 08-11-2014, 06:31 PM
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My mistake offers you savings. Thinking my 58 coupe was a standard 58 interior I ordered the 1958 turquoise and white. I installed the trim in the panels and when I went to install them in the car they are the wrong color. At some point in it's history my 58 interior was changed to a 1959 turquoise and white. These panels are way too blue to match my interior. These were purchased from Thunderbird Headquarters. The only holes in the door panels are for the trim pieces. No holes were made for door handle, grab handle or window crank. $529.00 a pair in the catalog. $400.00 or best offer plus shipping. I will only charge the actual shipping costs, no handling charge, etc. Save $129.00 at least!
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Old 08-11-2014, 06:48 PM
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Why not just dye them the '59 color. That's a lot cheaper than buying new door panels. I've dyed door panels many times and you can't tell the difference if it's done right. I bought new turquoise and white door panels for my '59 and it really doesn't match the old seats anyway so you may wind up replacing them also if you want it to match. You'll get a much better match taking a sample to a paint shop and having them mix it.

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Old 08-11-2014, 07:10 PM
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Great idea except I already bought the new panels. The end of September i will have seat covers, front and rear, available also. The interior shop can not get at it until the end of September. They will have holes where the hog rings were attached, but never installed in the car or sat on. A very expensive mistake. I did take the new panel to a paint shop to get paint to match so I can repaint the rear shelf, seat trim, door and window sills. That way I know the will match. The console is real close so I am not messing with that now. When I have the dash redone I will paint the dash area as well. Two years ago we did a Mustang. It seems that was easier. As least as far as the interior
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Now you have me confused. If you are replacing the seat covers and respraying everything else than why not do it in the '58 color and keep the door panels.

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The outside is also painted a 1959 turquoise which is much "greener" than the 1958 turquoise. If I make it the 58 color on the inside then I will have to repaint the outside to match. I think redoing the inside is a lot cheaper than repainting it. I know it isn't correct and you experts will know it isn't, but the wife loves the color. I am assuming a previous owner's wife loved the color also or it would not have been repainted the 59 color. The 58 color is a blue turquoise while the 59/60 is a green turquoise.
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I do like the '59 color better so I can see where it makes sense now. If the wife likes it than that's more important than originality.

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I'm looking at it right now. It's definitely Indian Turquoise and not Gulfstream Blue.

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I am sooo lucky to have her. She loves cars. She loves cruising in them. I also think she looks good sitting on them We just need to get this one done to cruise. Watch out Route 66! In 2016 she will be retiring. No she isn't that old but I want her to quit work so we can cruise together before she has to drive me around. We just ordered a continental kit for the car and the new interior will be installed the end of September. So when we get back from the Hershey swap meet in mid October we should be able to get the wheels back on her and drive.
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