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Everyone knows what 65-66 mustang doors look like on the inside-cold, hard metal with a padded panel in the center. What I have in mind is to do a fiberglass layup a couple layers thick on the exposed metal part and then pull this shell off and have it covered with foam and fabric to make a removable door panel. Do you guys think this is practical? Any suggestions on doing this or maybe even another idea for covering these doors on the inside.

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I guess you could, but I've seen a car or two with upholstered doors. It appeared that they just glued leather directly to the door and also recovered the door panels with matching leather. I have to admit the end result was VERY slick and got lots of compliments from other onlookers. I am sure somebody professional did the work though. I'm far from an upholstery expert but I've done similar stuff on a much smaller scale and am sure doors are far beyond me. It might be done more cheaply with vinyl but a lot tougher to do without wrinkles. Leather can be stretched to fit around those difficult contours much more easily.
I hate to guess how much "leather doors" would cost. I needed a piece of leather about 18 inches long and 6 inches wide to repair a seat. When I finally found a suitable piece slightly bigger than what I needed It cost me $40 for something that looked to like a piece of leftover scrap. Never mind what they wanted for a "full" or "half" hide. Plus it would only take one small mistake and your door-sized piece of leather could easily be ruined. ( But damn those doors looked good.)
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