Westchester door panel clips

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16 Jan 2004 18:27 #1201 by Jack Richard
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Hello,
I am restoring a 36 Westchester, and have the original door panels (bad shape) but not the clips used to hold it on the door. It appears the originals were attached to metal rectangles which were held to the panel by four pointed bits which were bent over on the back. I am unable to find any reproductions which are like this, can anyone advise the best alternative to use for clips? I am familiar with the type used on Model A Fords which clip into a hole in the panels, perhaps this is an alternative.

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16 Jan 2004 21:42 #1203 by Pat Leahy
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Although they are not authentic, you can use a modern plastic barbed door clip from NAPA. I have them on my car and they cannot be seen unless you try to pry the door panel out. You can removed the panel easily with a proper tool and it will hold the panel tight. The panel side has a double flange, holding it through a hole (1/4" to 3/8" ) tightly.

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17 Jan 2004 01:47 #1204 by Tom Georgeson
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Restoration Specialties and Supply Inc. has a number of clips in their catalog one of which should work. They also have other good stuff like hose clamps, etc. Their web site is: www.restorationspecialties.com

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22 Jan 2004 01:48 #1215 by jpsands
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While we're on the subject, I have a similar problem. I have most of the upholstery for my 36 Weschester, in very worn torn condition, with the exception of the door panels, and I wonder if anyone out there has patterns for these that I could copy or purchase. I also understand that some or all of the Westchesters had door pockets and believe that Stan Gilliland sells these, or patterns for them. But I have no idea of how the doors were upholstered. Any help?
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22 Jan 2004 02:32 #1216 by Jack Richard
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I have some photos of the original style door panels if that would help. My originals are in such bad shape they wouldn't make good patterns. If you are missing the door panels, the hardest parts to find will be the trim strips which go across them below the window garnish mouldings, and the arm rests. You can email me at <a href="mailto:jrichardwa@comcast.net]jrichardwa@comcast.net[/url].
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22 Jan 2004 03:21 #1217 by R Coleman
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Call Rick Hulett for all of your upholstery questions and needs.
913-362-8223

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