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The PO of my 80 series hacked up the passenger side cargo panel to add a subwoofer.
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I am not a subwoofer kind of guy and I am currently making a sleeping platform/storage box /Corona Project and thought it would be nice to take back the room that the sub was taking up. I have seen a couple of guys on the 60's pages using ABS sheets to make cargo panels. I know the 60 panels don't contour as the 80's do. Has anyone else tried this in an 80? I linked the post from the 60's thread, some really trick looking work for sure.


Here's interior panels made of 1/8 in. ABS plastic and a marine hatch covering up the power port station holding (2) 12 v. plugs, AC Converter and a 12 v. rechargeable flashlight.

The last pic. is of the automotive fasteners used to secure the panels to the existing holes.

Good luck!
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Just buy a used one, there, job finished in 30 minutes, along with a :beer:.
Secondly, that looks like a half decent job they did on that panel, I bet someone would buy it if you put it in the classifieds!
 
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Just buy a used one, there, job finished in 30 minutes, along with a :beer:.
Secondly, that looks like a half decent job they did on that panel, I bet someone would buy it if you put it in the classifieds!
Yea they did a good job with it. It’s a little dinged up but overall pretty good quality. I may throw it in there and see if anyone would trade for it.
 
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It's probably more expensive, but research Kydex. It's heat malleable, comes in different colors, and is used as interior door panels in smaller aircraft as well as for holsters.
 
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It's probably more expensive, but research Kydex. It's heat malleable, comes in different colors, and is used as interior door panels in smaller aircraft as well as for holsters.
I have worked with kydex before and I think it would work too. But I have read and seen a couple YouTube videos of guys using a heat gun to manipulate the ABS as well.
 
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I'm interested in this too. I'm going to ABS door panels when I redo my interior and it would be cool to have matching panels in the back.
 
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I'm interested in this too. I'm going to ABS door panels when I redo my interior and it would be cool to have matching panels in the back.
yea I have seen a couple guys on here replace door cards with the ABS and it looks pretty cool.
 
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There was a street rod vendor a while back that was selling door cards and accessories in PVC if I remember correctly. It was a neat set up, they sold the door cards, then molded arm rests, speaker enclosures, etc., that could all be PVC glued together and finished with a covering. Most people don't think about sheet PVC, but it is pretty workable. Used to make signs and displays with it back in the day.

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There was a street rod vendor a while back that was selling door cards and accessories in PVC if I remember correctly. It was a neat set up, they sold the door cards, then molded arm rests, speaker enclosures, etc., that could all be PVC glued together and finished with a covering. Most people don't think about sheet PVC, but it is pretty workable. Used to make signs and displays with it back in the day.

Jason
yeah it definitely seems like a rabbit hole i'd like to go down, found a guy that did a whole headliner on a hot rod with it.
 
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I have worked with kydex before and I think it would work too. But I have read and seen a couple YouTube videos of guys using a heat gun to manipulate the ABS as well.

ABS is brittle and sensitive to petroleum solvents. Kydex can take a hit too.
 

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