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Door Card Fit, Appearance, Originality and Quality

Discussion in 'Bodywork & Interior' started by Lovel, Mar 26, 2018.

  1. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    The main traders for P6 spares have new door cards available to order. Would anyone who has purchased from either of these suppliers care to comment on the fit, appearance and quality of the door cards? Do they have hardboard backing like standard, or is some form of plastic used nowadays?
     
  2. badrover

    badrover Member

    I'm not sure how good they are as I've never seen them but the ones I've seen pictures of on suppliers websites don't seem to have the correct line for the stitching. They should fall away slightly toward the back of the car and they appear to be straight on suppliers websites. I'm a teacher of design and technology so when I needed a set, I copied the original patterns , designed them on CAD software and then made them in the correct hardboard on the laser cutter. It took a bit of fiddling and trail runs but they're a perfect fit now. I bought scrim foam, vinyl and thread from Martrim and trimmed and stitched them myself. I've subsequently made replacements for another two p6 cars as once you've got the file right, the laser cutter will keep banging them out perfectly every time.
     
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  3. PeterZRH

    PeterZRH Well-Known Member

    Depends what you want. I've never, ever seen non-original vinyl emulate the grain of the original Ambla.

    I'll be making my own using ABS sheet instead of hardboard.
     
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  4. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    With very little photographic evidence available from the suppliers it is difficult to make the judgement on which route to choose. Have asked Wins about theirs and it would appear they are hardboard backed subject to two weeks delivery. Will try and establish what Wadhams are made out of, the
    My vinyl is actually still in good shape, its just that the hardboard backing is a bit warped. I had thought about using plywood in place of hardboard, but it would be difficult to apply the stitching as it passes right through to the backside of the hardboard on the original board. What did you use for the stitching through the hardboard, just a stout needle and thread?
     
  5. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    I wish suppliers would show photos of the door cards on their websites and a bit more details about their make-up as they are relatively expensive purchase. If I could see more detail I think would go for them.

    Looking at the stitching it goes through the hardboard too. Doing that with ABS sheet would be tricky unless you have another way of attaching the vinyl. I priced some ABS and it’s not cheap either.
     
  6. quattro

    quattro Well-Known Member

    I used some thin plywood designed for the caravan industry. Worked a treat :)
     
  7. badrover

    badrover Member

    Yes, a stout needle did the job. The trimmers thread is a bit thicker than the standard stuff so a biggish eye is a must. I too wanted the stitching to pass through the hardboard so I designed it such that the laser cutter cut 1mm diameter holes in the hardboard for the stitching, so the needle only needed to penetrate the vinyl and scrim foam.
     

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  8. badrover

    badrover Member

    A few pics
     

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  9. Vern Klukas

    Vern Klukas Active Member

    I thought there was a tapered hardboard doubler on the face of the card that the line of stitching ran through. But I'm having trouble remembering it right now, so I may be thinking of a different car.

    Yours
    Vern
     
  10. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    Now your just teasing me. :p

    They look very good.

    Would you care to run of a batch for me ? :)
     
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  11. roverp5Bcoupe

    roverp5Bcoupe Active Member

    I made new door cards for my P5B. I used hardboard and did the stitching with a sewing awl after drilling the holes with a dremel and a 1,5mm drill

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    I was a lot of work but i am happy with the result.
    For other interior work i bought a 60 year old Singer for Euro 60,-. These are amazing machines which easily stitch leather and even carpets

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    Peter
     
  12. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    Wow that's lovely looking and inspiring work, thank you. Its good to see the Awl tool that you used as I was not aware of that. What tool did you use for the staples?
     
  13. drabbers

    drabbers Member

    Im suffering from interior envy !!
    Stunning job.

    Mark
     
  14. mrtask

    mrtask Well-Known Member

    Badrover, I would have thought having already made the CAD pattern that you could pretty easily sell more of them!?
    RoverP5Bcoupe, your work looks very nice indeed.
     
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  15. roverp5Bcoupe

    roverp5Bcoupe Active Member

    Thanks . The stapler gun was a Euro 20,- simple one. I had to shorten the strips of stapels with an angle grinder as i could not find staples with 3 or 4 mm

    Cheers Mark

    Thanks!

    Peter
     
  16. badrover

    badrover Member

    You’re right. I made two sets in black and have 4 sets of backboards just in case so a fair few to go at. I’m spotting a little sideline here!
     

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