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Old 07-19-2003, 04:57 PM
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customizing panels and seat for 76 ford truck

Im fixing to buy the standard door panels for my 76 F 100 yet i dont want the door panel to be just red. i want to mix a little bit of white into the middle of it. Im also looking to do my seat the same way. i just need some suggestions on how to do this and where to start basicaly. im also looking for a new customized look on the dash too.

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You have a lot of factory choices because the 73-79 model base is interchangeable. I think you have six models in the 100 series, and each one differs by the amount of trim and get progressively fancier. It goes like this (I think): Base, Custom, Sport, Ranger, Ranger XLT, and Ranger Lariat. The choices get progressively fancier over the years. For example, the Ranger Lariat package was not available until 1978. And you also have packages for the Super Cab and F150, F250, and F350.

So to answer your question, you may be able to find some nice combinations if you know what to look for, such as in the junkyards. New door panels are extremely overpriced for simple plastic, and you have the after-market kind and the originals. But I guess I would stick to junkyards, or, since you have the Custom, you can paint (durable plastic spary paint is all you need), panel, embroider, or do what you want with the one's you have. You can also get some variations in the headliner too.

As far as the dash goes, you also have the same number of different trim package combinations (above) with the XLT and Lariat offering wood grain for both sides of the dash. Since your "Custom" package is one of the "economy" packages, your cab is pretty plain compared to the other packages.

Also, the exterior trim works in the same manner, based on the trim "package." And this is also extremely overpriced stuff. Snoop around a lot before deciding to pay big bucks for trim.
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Old 07-22-2003, 02:08 PM
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the all plastic ones on my 79 bonco looked great when painted and i think i painted them tan and darker brown. you can paint them any color you want. when they are pryed off the door sometimes the attachment holder thing snaps but can be easily replaced with 5 minute epoxy. then get new attachers. they look kinda like a plastic pine cone. for the back panel in my bronc i used stained plywood.
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