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Old 01-02-2003, 10:12 AM
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Question rolling the top of custom door panels

I am in the process of building a 81 Camaro and want to do my own custom door panels. The question that I have is how to roll the top of the panel over the top of my door so that it will fit like the OEM panel? Is there a meterial that I can form with a heat gun to match that of the OEM and will stay once it cools back down?

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you can use either ABS plastic or fiber board fiber board is a steam heat bend and ABS can be bent using a heat gun set on low to med.
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thx...Will I have to do something to either material to keep it from "un-forming"? Or once it is heated, bent, and cooled it will stay that way unless heated back up with a heat gun/steam? I guess what I am asking is will the sun make it "un-form"?

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in the old days we used to use sheet metal, form it over a pipe, brake a mounting edge on it trim to fit fiber panel then rivet the two together and cover, also gives you a place to mount the inner glass wiper,on the panel edge.
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THX for the reply's. Bob, I just have a qestion. If using sheet metal, why would you need the fiber board? For additonal strength so that the sheet metal will not flex? Or so that you can glue the material to it easier than you can the sheet metal? I am kind of lost here, sorry but I am very new to the custom interior thing...

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its much easier to work the fiber board, you can use factory type fasteners on it, its easier to glue and staple to, easier to trim for accessorie holes etc.
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