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Old 06-29-2005, 07:02 AM
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Door Sill Plates and Custom Carpet

I'm finding lots of links for preformed carpets and how to install them, but nothing on how to make your own carpet and install it. I am also curious if anyone has some good recommendations for a donor door sill plate (to hide the carpet) for a 30/40s pickup. My truck came with nothing to hide the edges and hoping there is something out there that wouldnt' look tacky. I don't want to just screw down some plates of aluminum, but don't know enough about past cars to know what would look nice. Thanks for the help.

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Old 06-30-2005, 01:54 PM
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i would think it would be a totally custom experience
ive heard of cutting and hand sewing the carpet to custom fit
as far as the kick plate you could use diamond plate maybe w/ a emblem and some engraving
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Could use some Body by Fischer plates of of GM's. I think they might come in various sizes and I bet one of those should fit, or cut up a nasty one and find some nicer ones for the finished piece.
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Can't help with the carpet, although if you find some sites, I'd be interested in hearing about them. There are a lot of sites that sell carpet that you can use, but I wouldn't know how to sew it.

On the sillplates...

I think your best bet is to hit a junkyard and see what's available. My suggestion would be to look for a 60's or 70's big car with 2-doors. The sill plates are very long and metal. Even if they're scratched/dinged, you might be able to paint them or possibly restore the thin metal easily.

Another alternative would be a more modern care with plastic sill plates. Those are a little easier to customize, I'd guess. If you can find one off a four-door truck (I have a 2000 Sierra four door - the doors swing in a "suicide" fashion so the sillplate is very long) that would be good.

Reason I'm suggesting a long one is that you can proably cut off the two ends and make it fit whatever opening you have. Typically, the sill plates are pretty homogeneous in the middle - its just the ends and lenghts that are customized to the vehicle.

Cadillac made some long-door FWD two-doors in the 80's and 90's. You could also try those - Eldorados and Coupe DeVilles. Ditto the FS RWD Caddy's from the late 80's - they made a two-door up until the mid/late 80's in the FS body. Also might look at the last model of Riviera if you can find one. Might also try full-size trucks.

Worse case, if you find one that you like, but can't find it in good condition, you can always use that knowledge to look for nicer ones on e-bay.
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How about 1" wide 1/8th" thick aluminum strips from Lowes? I was looking at some earlier this afternoon for my truck. They had lengths from 2' to 8'. Cheap. A little Mother's polish and it should look really good. Maybe use some button head bolts to hold it down.
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I go to the hardware store and buy the long strips like you would put in your home. I cut the fit them to the car with a pair of tin snips. I then cover the with leather ( vinyl will work also ).

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Man, that ^^^^ looks good!

as far as the premolded carpets, they have heated vacuum molds/presses that form them.
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Wow, never thought of that...
I like that idea, I'll stash that one away for future use.
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