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Rod doors panels? are they as easy as it seems?

Has anyone used these yet and how did it turn out? I'm sure they are not as nice as professional door panels, but i'm looking at doing (or wanting to do) some of the work myself. I have read there Catalog and seen there stuff some but my big concern is when cutting the panels and putting them back together, how strong are they? Looks simple enough but so does playing chess. LOL What about the dualloc tape? I have seen on here that it wasn't the best for attaching door panels, so what would you consider attaching the panels with? And lastly I saw that they sell Molded carpet kits for many cars. Assuming they have a kit for a 38 Chevy sedan, would it fit properly with out looking out of place?? I'm building a driver/cruiser, but would like a decent interior. Thanks in advance.

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Roddoor's panels are made from PVC plastic and when they're cut apart and then glued back together they are very strong. No need to worry about strength. Also the dualloc tape is more than enough to do the job. It's been my experience that people who bash that stuff have never used it and just assume it's like Velcro, which it is not. It works on the same principal but is much more heavy duty then any Velcro you'll ever see. The dualloc tape is made up of little plastic hooks and loops where Velcro is plastic hooks with the loops made of a material. Big difference in holding ability between the two. The main thing to take into account is the surface the tape is mounted to needs to be clean and wax free for it to stick permanently.

How good the door panels look when finished depends on your abilities and the time you take to do them.

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The dualloc stickes extremely well to each other, the problem is it doesn't stick well to the door or the panel. I would put a couple rivets through the dualloc.
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The dualloc stickes extremely well to each other, the problem is it doesn't stick well to the door or the panel. I would put a couple rivets through the dualloc.
Excellent idea.

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streetrodfan.....I have rod doors I just haven't put them on yet seem thick enough, and I covered them myself in tweed (pretty easy first time deal). I would suggest not to use liquid nails to attach them to the doors

Dude, go start a project journal I would like to see the sedan. I have a '39
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I have the Rod Door panels and in getting ready to put on I noticed that the panel stood away from the door about 1/8th inch using the Duolock tape and when I got to the top the panel puts the garnish molding out too far. If I move molding out all the way around to compensate, it's too far from the window. Rod Door didn't give much help said to move panel in at top but then edge looks weird. Is this the Acillies heal of this product?
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Roddoor's panels are made from PVC plastic and when they're cut apart and then glued back together they are very strong. No need to worry about strength. Also the dualloc tape is more than enough to do the job. It's been my experience that people who bash that stuff have never used it and just assume it's like Velcro, which it is not. It works on the same principal but is much more heavy duty then any Velcro you'll ever see. The dualloc tape is made up of little plastic hooks and loops where Velcro is plastic hooks with the loops made of a material. Big difference in holding ability between the two. The main thing to take into account is the surface the tape is mounted to needs to be clean and wax free for it to stick permanently.

How good the door panels look when finished depends on your abilities and the time you take to do them.

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The panels are actually ABS plastic and wont work with PVC cement only ABS cement a mistake some make. I did not use the Rod Doors stuff but purchased ABS sheet stock and cut and formed my own it is very easy and went well I did the complete interior in my 25 Chev 4 door sedan including the head liner. I did not like the Dual lock but it was attaching to wood or paint that was my problem the lock held just not the glue to the paint or wood. I liked the ABS for its flexibility and water proof.
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The panels are actually ABS plastic and wont work with PVC cement only ABS cement a mistake some make. I did not use the Rod Doors stuff but purchased ABS sheet stock and cut and formed my own it is very easy and went well I did the complete interior in my 25 Chev 4 door sedan including the head liner. I did not like the Dual lock but it was attaching to wood or paint that was my problem the lock held just not the glue to the paint or wood. I liked the ABS for its flexibility and water proof.
You're absolutely correct. I sometimes make the mistake of referring to ABS as PVC.
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The panels are actually ABS plastic and wont work with PVC cement only ABS cement a mistake some make. I did not use the Rod Doors stuff but purchased ABS sheet stock and cut and formed my own it is very easy and went well I did the complete interior in my 25 Chev 4 door sedan including the head liner. I did not like the Dual lock but it was attaching to wood or paint that was my problem the lock held just not the glue to the paint or wood. I liked the ABS for its flexibility and water proof.

where did you purchase the bulk sheets at?
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Try here for the ABS sheets
http://www.tapplastics.com/shop/prod...95515677500573


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One more simple question. How thick of ABS do you suggest?
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One more simple question. How thick of ABS do you suggest?
I used about 1/8" for the headliner due to the weight and 1/4" for the door panels. If you are planning on heating and forming it around some wood forms to get shape then use the thinner 1/8" it bends easier with less heat.
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Be careful not to make your door panels too thick. Your garnish moldings may not fit right afterwards, if they overlap the door panels. I had that problem in my '39 Chev project.

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Instead of using ABS glue, acetone works very well for guing ABS together as long as yo have a nice tight seem or tight edges that are cut striaght. The nice thing about acetone is that it flows in to the joints with capilary action and wait about 15 minutes and you very strong joint. I have used acetone for many years for this purpose and have not had a failure yet.

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Thanks for the input. I think I'll just keep it one layer around the molding.
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