Photo # 1 - Now that I have my aluminum inserts all polished up, I donâ€™t want them to get scratched or marred with all the handling they will have to undergo during the next steps of upholstering the panels and installing the inserts. I found this ugly roll of kitchen cupboard contact paper (which I picked up for free at a garage sale and stashed away JUST for this day) and covered each of the insert pieces.
Photo # 2 - To fasten the interior panels to the body I will be mostly using these Ford type offset clips which Dan TwoLakes has often recommended. I HATE those plastic ribbed fasteners (Christmas trees) that break off and then are impossible to replace.
Photo # 3 - The clips slide into Â½" holes drilled in the backing panel. The center of each Â½" hole is offset from the center of the attachment hole in the body by 5/8". As you may recall, I originally installed the panels by drilling holes and using self starting screws to hold the panels in place. I can now use all those previously drilled holes to locate the Â½" holes for the new clips. This photo shows all of the Â½" holes drilled in the panel. At this time I also go inside the car and drill out all the attachment holes to a full 1/4", which is the recommended size for these clips.