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Old May 4th, 2007, 02:25 PM
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Looking for new 97 ST door panels

I'm trying to track down some new or excellent condition door panels for a 97 soft top. So far I've talked to RDS, LR Northpoint, and RN. It appears that these are no longer available. Any ideas?
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Old May 4th, 2007, 02:32 PM
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ECR made some really nice fiberglass ones for their BR110 truck. Since they're in the process of making a new one, maybe you could get some of those?
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Well, maybe Mike will respond here. I am really looking for originals though.
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They appear to be NLA everywhere. I have exhausted all my normal and abnormal suppliers in the US and UK.

We are looking into having them made, but haven't gotten that far with it yet. Anyone know a good injection mold company??
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Old May 4th, 2007, 07:39 PM
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couple of local.
There are several companies in Biddeford that injection mold.


http://www.mainemold.com

http://www.tpne.com
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new expansion complete. Not only are we the only Rover shop in Eliot Maine...now we're also the biggest.

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Old May 6th, 2007, 01:48 AM
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Anyone know a good injection mold company??
The originals look like vacuum formed ABS to me - they're definitely not injection. I bet Just Dashes could reproduce them.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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It would be nice to incorporate a strip of stainless steel along the edges or just washeres at the screw holes to keep the holes from breaking up over time.
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Old May 6th, 2007, 11:10 AM
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If you trim the panels to correctly fit the door they do not crack. They don't come pre-fit though and did not come that way on the stock 90, and don't over tighten the screws. They just need to be snug, not really tight.
I have no idea how they are made (I don't know anything about plastics, so don't nit-pick if I get the terms wrong), we just started looking into it as they just went NLA a few weeks ago. We should have more data on if we are going to have them reproduced in a month or so.
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I really hope we can get this problem solved. I might start looking around here in Atlanta to see if anyone can reproduce them.
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Wheels are already in motion for reproductions and samples have already been sent for molds to be made.
No ETA, but it is going forward.
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That's Great Mike! Will we re-use our door pockets, or are you going to try to repro those as well?
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Wheels are already in motion for reproductions and samples have already been sent for molds to be made.
No ETA, but it is going forward.
Any word on the door pannels??
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I would be interested in a set as well. Mine are kind of shitty
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Any word on the door pannels??

The molds are being made off factory originals now. Still no real ETA but it is already in progress. Guessing by Fall they will be ready to go.
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Here's an idea that a friend of mine did on his Series truck years ago - looks better than cheap plastic....
1/4" marine grade plywood with a varnish finish....
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Smile Door panel replacements

Fall is coming and I am excited about the possibility of seeing new panels (or even the hope of seeing them). Any word?
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Check with LaSalle as well. They have full trim for series, and those door panels might work for an ST.
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