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Attach panels to wood?

I am thinking about starting some panel work in the Hot rod. So I have framed all the inside with wood to attach them to. I am trying to figure out what is the best way to attach my interior panels to the wood frame work and still be able to remove a panel if I need to. I am planning on using either the black abs panel board or the water proof card board style to build my interior panels. Thanks for any input you might have

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Industrial velcro...
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For large flat panels, like trunks, or anywhere I use plywood to "box" the area, I like to use my router to insert 1/8"x1" flat bar stock flush into the wood. Drill my clip holes in the stock, then drill a 3/4 hole in the wood for clip relief, screw or rivet the stock to the wood, use the auveco 10780 or 12134 clips into the stock. It sounds like a lot of extra work, but with some planning it really doesn't take that long and you now have metal to attach your panels to. I am sure there is a better way, but with care this method looks good when the panel is removed and it solves the problem, and avoids Xmas tree clips. I am interested to know how others are doing it.
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Industrial Velcro is a no non, ask me how I know.

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Industrial Velcro works great if you have a nice flat piece of steel with a really good quality paint job on it to stick the Velcro to. If that's not your case, Vince is totally right, it doesn't work for attaching door panels or any other kind of panels.

Don't use ABS, it doesn't bend, and waterproof panel board would be my second choice. PVC foamboard is what to use for the panels. If you want to take the panels off, wood is not what to attach the panels to.
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I for some reason let the foam board escape my mind, I meant it not abs sorry. I also am only thinking worst case scenario of having to remove these panels. There is some wiring going to be behind them that is only going to need access to it if there is a major issue. if you didn't need to remove these panels how would you attach them. This is for the inside of my model A Tudor sedan faux Delivery
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My first inclination would be to move the wiring to an easier location to access, or do like electricians do, which is to leave a piece of conduit with a fish tape in it. That way a bad wire could be easily by-passed instead of repaired.

What type of fabric are you going to use? Cloth, Vinyl, leather? Are you going to put the headliner in like the original and butt the panels up to it? The original panels would have been nailed on right through the cloth, but of course you can't do that with vinyl or leather. JCAR's idea is very good, BTW. Face the wood with metal, drill the panel clip holes in the metal, drill holes in the wood directly behind the clip holes, and install the panels like door panels with clips. I wouldn't try to do the panels very big or very long. Here's a '30 Tudor interior. Although you can't see them, there are seams next to the rear window, and in back of the rear windows. In both cases, there are narrow panels above the rear side windows and above and below the rear window. 1930 Model "A" Tudor Interior
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Dan I didn't see the seams until you pointed them out. I plan on doing a hard style headliner and carrying the panels up to it. I do think that faceing the wood in metal is a great idea. Are you using 3mm foam board?
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Yes, 3MM foamboard works fine.
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