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#1473729 Sightings 2, the not a datsun but... Thread

Posted by colourbox on Today, 12:42 PM

Beautiful Roadrunner at my mechanic's shop

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#1472993 B310 Roll Call!!

Posted by colourbox on 21 March 2017 - 11:06 AM

Just finished making door panels out of lexan last weekend. I'm happy to say it was a success.

 

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And now I'm back to sanding and painting a rear bumper strip I found in a boneyard a while back. It's in a little better shape than mine. It'll be an improvement once I get it on the car.

 

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#1472196 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 18 March 2017 - 03:58 PM

And they're done. Everything worked out nicely. I used some Goof Off to clean up the 35 years of dirt off the vinyl. If you use it just don't go too far cause the color starts to come off.

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#1471266 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 15 March 2017 - 02:58 PM

Two panels!

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#1471256 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 15 March 2017 - 02:22 PM

Came out nice. No cracks ya'll!

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Got it sanded so the glue will stick better.

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#1471248 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 15 March 2017 - 01:49 PM

Door latch and window crank holes have been cut out of the lexan.

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#1471239 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 15 March 2017 - 01:00 PM

Got the arm rest and door clip holes drilled out of the template.

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#1471232 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 15 March 2017 - 12:37 PM

Got the lexan trimmed and ready for routing.

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Still working on the template to make sure we get straight edges when routing.


#1470138 Sightings 2, the not a datsun but... Thread

Posted by colourbox on 11 March 2017 - 11:17 PM

Ford C-600
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1966 C-10 Suburban (for sale)
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1969 Firebird (for sale)
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#1469259 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 08 March 2017 - 05:47 PM

Our 3rd full day here and the sun came out. It came out every day after that. It's really breezy today. We leave tomorrow and then it's back to work on the panels. Meanwhile, enjoy a little whale watching.






#1465633 Sightings 2, the not a datsun but... Thread

Posted by colourbox on 25 February 2017 - 10:39 AM

On Highland Ave this morning. I was able to get beside it. Belongs to a detail shop. Beautiful truck. Had a lot of pep on the freeway.
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#1465266 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 24 February 2017 - 10:54 AM

To answer everyone about the lexan the husband wanted to try it out. He's worked with it and hasn't had any cracking issues. It's about 1/8". Not any bigger than the original panel. It's actually fairly flexible material. Not stiff. If it cracks when we drill it (he has drilling bits for plastic) then it cracks and we move on. He got spray 90 I think to glue the vinyl. I've never had a water issue with Stanley so I'm not too worried about having to water proof anything. And now that he sits in a garage it's less of an issue. Yes, he's a queen :) I appreciate all your feedback. Like I said, it's an experiment so if it doesn't work then I'm all about your suggestions and what you've done cause that will be the next thing I do. I do want to try a test piece to see how well the vinyl will glue to the lexan which is also why I have extra panels. The good ones are still in Stanley.

Here's a pic of the lexan after it was cut down.
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I picked up some door clips from Nissan. They're longer than the originals and also about $3 cheaper. I already tested it out on the panel and the door and it works perfectly.
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Didn't get to drill the holes in the template so we won't get back to it until after our vacation. At least I hope so. The husband may be going to Hawaii for a job toward the end of March. So far it's on but delays sometimes happen. When he heads out I'll probably join him for a few weeks.


#1465244 Sightings 2, the not a datsun but... Thread

Posted by colourbox on 24 February 2017 - 10:20 AM

Just saw this at Bob's Big Boy

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#1463907 How to make door panels out of lexan

Posted by colourbox on 20 February 2017 - 04:37 PM

This project was started a couple months ago. It's still in the works. It's a little more costly than just using cardboard but I wanted something that would last and wouldn't break. Between work and rainy weekends progress keeps getting interrupted. I've got a spare set of door panels to mess with until the lexan is ready. I was able to get the covering off the spare panels. Not too difficult since the glue holding it is 35 years old. I'd like to reuse it on the lexan. Making panels from lexan and reusing the old vinyl is going to be an experiment I hope works out.

Here's the old door panel
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Stripped off old vinyl material. It just pulled right off.
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Used the old panel to trace out a template on a thick piece of wood. Used a router to cut the shape.
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This is the sheet of lexan. It's been cut down into 4 pieces.
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Next my husband and I plan on taking the template to his dad's place so we can use his drill press to drill out the door clip holes and holes for the arm rest screws. Plan on doing that this week.

That's where I'm at now. Going on vacation next week so won't get back to this for a couple weeks. Once we get back to this we'll be using the template to route the lexan into shape.

Has anyone ever made door panels and glued in foam between the panel and material? I'm thinking I'd like to do that instead of just gluing the material to the panel. Can anyone recommend some glue for the job? We've got an idea of which will work best but I'd like to hear other people's experience.


#1463828 Sightings 2, the not a datsun but... Thread

Posted by colourbox on 20 February 2017 - 12:09 PM

Lots of VW buses around here.

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Saw this being towed on the freeway. I hope it was on its way to a body & paint shop for some love.
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Saw this in the hood this morning.
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