Wanted - 1968 Standard Door Panels

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Blitz
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Wanted - 1968 Standard Door Panels

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Post by Blitz » 09 Apr 2018, 12:34

Well, I was going to restore my original door panels, but when pulling off the beltline strips to do the backer boards, the top part of the vinyl split along almost the entire top crease. Seems really dried out and toasty from being in the CA sun for decades. Also one of them has a rip, and the mylar chrome trim is completely gone (partially because I peeled it off, was gonna try to redo it).

Anyway, it looks like I'm going to need a set of door panels. Grade A preferred, but let me know what you have. Would prefer a light color, since I'll be re-dying them with SEM paint to match my white upholstery (it's whiter than the factory Parchment). Warps are okay, since I can get the backer boards replaced easily. The important thing is the condition of the vinyl and the plastic chrome trim.

Here's a pic of mine before taking them apart:

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...and here's the problem:

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Anyway, I hope someone has some good ones. Thanks in advance!
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-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1986 Volvo 240: dependable beater / "Goldilocks"
-1979 Volvo 245: magnificently ugly brown wagon

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Re: Wanted - 1968 Standard Door Panels

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Post by CATHOUSE » 09 Apr 2018, 22:09

If nothing else shows up for you my inventory sheets show that I have a pair in white and a pair in a light green/gold color. I would need to get into my interior parts storage building to make sure that I still have them. And if I do then I would be able to tell you about their condition. Although generally around here the chrome is peeling off the racetrack piece, most likely these would have the same problem.

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Re: Wanted - 1968 Standard Door Panels

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Post by BossElim69 » 10 Apr 2018, 05:27

You can have this pair if you need them for free. Just pay shipping. The passenger side is Ok and average on what you would expect condition wise. I cut a big hole in the driver side when I was fitting the roll cage in the track cat so that one isn't usable :roll: .
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Post by Blitz » 11 May 2018, 11:18

Thanks for the offers guys. I decided to bite the bullet and have SMS make me a new set of panels. It's going to be interesting... will post my results here or in my project thread. The good thing about going this route is that they can make them out of the same vinyl that my new seat upholstery & rear panels were done in. So I won't have to spray dye and hope for a match. They already have the die to heat press in the embossed pattern, and somehow they can make the little chrome cat emblem as well. For the trim border, they don't currently have the exact right profile, but something fairly close, and they will put the black pinstripes on to make it look like the original stuff. I talked to the owner (I think he was, anyway) and he said anything is possible, they could make the tooling to make the correct profile for the border trim, but I would have to eat part of that cost and the price would go up a couple hundred bucks for that. So I decided to be content with the "close enough" trim, I think it'll look good. I'm sure you're wondering how much... $595 for the pair, and I provided new backer boards. Not terrible for a set of brand new panels, but still painful! They say they can get them done by July (think WCCC Open House 2018) but we will see.
-Andrew Chenovick
Photo/Video guy for WEST COAST CLASSIC COUGAR, INC.
Side Gig: FLYING A PHOTOGRAPHY


RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1986 Volvo 240: dependable beater / "Goldilocks"
-1979 Volvo 245: magnificently ugly brown wagon

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Re: Wanted - 1968 Standard Door Panels

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Post by 67429merc » 14 May 2018, 05:42

What is the contact no for SMS? thanks!
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Post by DieselD » 14 May 2018, 09:36

interested on the outcome, 600bucks is not too bad considering. I have not started to work on my door panels, hopefully I dont have the same issue with them tearing once trying to get the belt lines off!
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Re: Wanted - 1968 Standard Door Panels

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Post by Blitz » 14 May 2018, 11:43

67429merc wrote:
14 May 2018, 05:42
What is the contact no for SMS? thanks!
https://smsautofabrics.com/pages/contact

They have a mixed history when it comes to customer service and timeline, so I'm hoping I'll be able to say some positive things at the end of this. It's not uncommon for their turnaround time to be 6 months or more. I requested that they be done by July; they said they could do it if I paid in full up front so... we'll see! I will say, they're probably the only place around that can do this stuff on a one-off basis, and I don't think I've heard any complaints about the quality of their work. The premium vinyl top I put on my car is from SMS and it's very nice. Fingers crossed over here...
-Andrew Chenovick
Photo/Video guy for WEST COAST CLASSIC COUGAR, INC.
Side Gig: FLYING A PHOTOGRAPHY


RIDES:
-1968 Mercury Cougar: original family owned, Polar White, 289-2V, auto, AC / "Snowball" view project thread
-1973 Opel Manta: 1.9L, 5-speed (restored)
-1991 Mazda Miata: fun driver
-1986 Volvo 240: dependable beater / "Goldilocks"
-1979 Volvo 245: magnificently ugly brown wagon

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