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Old 12-18-2004, 01:54 PM
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Hi everyone, I have a question on door panels. I'm redesigning the interior to my 89 mustang and I have hit a bump in the road with my door panels.

1) the top half of the door panel has the window rubber to protect it from the metal base, and it is also the point of attachment for the door panel material. It is held on by staples the actually go through the material,rubber, and the metal base. What I'm stuck on is how do I remove the staples and insert the new material? Basically, how or where do I find the tool to staple this stuff together. I haven't seen a tool yet that will allow me to staple through this stuff.

2) The other problem/question is the lower half of the panel is thin board material attached to the metal top base. Its attached by holes that are punched into the metal that spread into the board ... another one of those tools you just dont really see around the garage. So ... how would you go about replacing the board and reattaching it to the top metal base.

I know you could suggest to get new door panels but in my redesigning of the stang, I am making it a completely black interior. The only problem is that Ford did not make black interiors. Even the interior panels have to be upholstered/changed which I'm mostly done. These door panels just seem to be the highlight of the problems I've came across.

3) ... Yes one last question. I'm upholstering the backseat side panels and I'm looking for a more pliable material to use that settles in well with curves an contours but also blends in well with carpent and the headliner at the same time. Any suggestions?

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Old 12-21-2004, 08:09 PM
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stapling it together

You might try using an electric stapler, such as you will find at most hardware stores. If you want to get serious about it though you will need to get one thats for upholstery work, such as I use. Mine cost me about $230 from my supplier. Its a Duo-Fast brand, model # EIC-3118.

Contact Farber Sales @ 800-251-1508.

They also handle an economy model # SG8000 and it costs about $90.
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If I understand what you're talking about ... forget those staples, man.

I installed a replacement kit on my truck which included those staples, etc. and you're suppose to drill holes for them and, bla, bla, bla -- a whole lot of work for something that does a poor job in the first place!

Instead, I installed mine with SMALL, flathead screws instead of staples.

Check out my notes ... scroll down to #10 on This Page

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Old 12-22-2004, 07:21 PM
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Not so Scewy an idea

Sounds good to me.
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Thanks for the posts ....
Yeah, Horvath, thats exactly what I was thinking of doing as well ....
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