Anyone made thier own door panels ?

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    My door panels are good enough to use as a template and that's about it. I was wondering if anyone has made their own and what did they use ?
     
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    I used a pattern of my old ones a d redid mine in leather as I redid the whole interior in leather. Looks great. Just no longer had the wood grain section of the traditional 68 GTX. Sorry no pics
     
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      Not since velour in the 70's...
       
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        I have seen some doors panels made by an upholstery shop that were really well done.
        They were formed/swaged like originals (not sure of correct term)
        They obviously were not original but they looked sharp.
        Something to look in to.
         
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          I made 4 new panels for my 65 Belvedere using 1/8" Masonite board. When it came to the rectangular panel clip holes I took note of the clip installation direction and used round holes for the clips as they were much easier to form. I also pop riveted the Masonite to the curved steel top pieces (originals were stapled). The sun-fading is optional! IMG_2093.JPG IMG_2094.JPG
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            I have made my own also. I used water resistant door boards from an upholstery shop. I used a round hole punch for clip holes then had a upholstery shop sew up the covering.
             
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              I43.jpg I made the boards just like 493 Mike. Then made them similar to the factory Super Stock panels but a bit fancier with a little padding for more defined depth
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                I have made my own. I too used the Masonite board. Mine are a bit different though with Audi bits and pieces and custom bump outs. Have not covered them yet. Needed to fab a bunch for mini speakers and electric locks and windows in the Audi panels.

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                  Thanks guys, l thought about the masonite panels, but thought they might be heavy compared to the original panels. The original ones are remarkably light. I'll check some upholstery shops. I'm obsessed with reducing weight. Cheers

                   
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                  I've made them from the cardboard as well. You can buy it at upholstery stores. The rear panels were made that way. In the past I have used existing vinyl peeled from the original cardboard. Then reapplied it to the new cardboard as a repair. I did masonite on this front to stiffen the door. I too am obsessed with weight.
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                    Agreed. It takes horsepower to move weight. Someone was telling me about using sheets of ABS
                    I never thought about that
                     
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