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I am taking the vinyl off of my door panels, grinding the rivets to remove the cardboard lower section from the upper metal section and cutting new aluminum panels for the same profile as the cardboard. Afterwards, the entire thing will be covered in alcantara. I will use a bit of silicone caulk to fill the bit of gap/transition from the aluminum to steel so you don't see it when it's covered. The only downside is that the door handle is recessed and will need to be relocated or remounted. I ordered a Lokar door cable kit for this. I have decided on what to do for the actual handle inside, yet. My car is partially stripped, caged, etc., so I want something small and light.

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Just to throw it in here, you can recolor any interior part. I got a new tan headliner from a pick and pull but my interior is black. i went to my interior guy and he told me to get SEM Color Coat Flexible Coating. I used Satin Black 15243 on my interior and it looks beautiful. Its a little expensive ($12 a can) but it does wonders

 

I redid the entire interior of my '81 280ZXGL with the SEM stuff and it works great. I even used it on the leather seats and its pretty amazing stuff. Definately recomend it.

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Just remember what the padded vinyl did on our cars. I'd go with regular vinyl if you plan on keeping it unless you need the padded vinyl for ah... padding ;P Also aluminum scratches pretty easily but stainless is a lot tougher (tougher to work with too though...) I had a set of door sills made out of stainless but even those I'm concerned about the abuse they'll take.

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Just remember what the padded vinyl did on our cars. I'd go with regular vinyl if you plan on keeping it unless you need the padded vinyl for ah... padding ;P Also aluminum scratches pretty easily but stainless is a lot tougher (tougher to work with too though...) I had a set of door sills made out of stainless but even those I'm concerned about the abuse they'll take.

This is what is so valuable about this forum. Either I have no idea on something and you guys give me the solution or I have an idea and someone tells me been there done that not adviseable. This is going to be mainly a show /parade car..I am so far away from even redoing the interior..its not funny. Got my bonuscheck in the mail yesterday..off to the body shop for rust repairs it goes!!!!

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I've use'd the Dupli-color vinyl paint and it works really well. I am currently redoing my interior in elk and deer leather. My 260 has the small quarter window trim like the 240 I actually had to use rubber cement on it it was the only glue that was strong enough for the way I did those. The deer leather I used has lots of stretch so I did not have to seam the piece and it look's really good, still holding up really well after a year. they have been in storage but they get moved allot so I think storage is harder on them than when they are installed.

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I've use'd the Dupli-color vinyl paint and it works really well. I am currently redoing my interior in elk and deer leather. My 260 has the small quarter window trim like the 240 I actually had to use rubber cement on it it was the only glue that was strong enough for the way I did those. The deer leather I used has lots of stretch so I did not have to seam the piece and it look's really good, still holding up really well after a year. they have been in storage but they get moved allot so I think storage is harder on them than when they are installed.

 

 

I'd love to see pictures of the elk and deer leather.

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I'm currently in the works of getting a real carbon fiber/dry carbon, interior door panel set made for my S30.

Im probably leaning more towards the dry carbon image.

These will be a flat skin door panel, and still have the arm rest, door handle, and manual window arm moldings.

It's looking like there going to be around 800-1000 for the set, or more.

I'm thinking of having a few sets (3-4) made to sell for those who are willing to have something unique and different.

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I know this is an old thread, but I'm in the same boat, but also have to put all back in including console and heater control section. All interior was re-painted by PO. I have tan panels/dog legs and planning to just recover in nice fabric of choice. Only thing I don't have is a new headliner because the PO messed his new one up. I see the headliners are readily available.

 

Just got her a few weeks back and in the process of making it "road worthy" for street use(Daily Driver) for my son.

 

See pics here:

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/106631344403711689097/Miles1973Datsun240Z

 

 

Any help is greatly appreciated :) !

 

Paul

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Paul, mine are recovered in a very dark grey tweed. We used an SEM plastic prep to 'soften' the plastic then 3m adhesive to adhere the tweed. Care was taken to align the pattern to flow from panel to panel and we enlarged the 'rivet' holes to take into account the extra material for the hole. I also converted to a honda pull type fastener which are reuseable. Question about your z-I noticed your bumpers have no holes and the rear is a 1 piece. Did you get them that way or have them modified?

 

I know this is an old thread, but I'm in the same boat, but also have to put all back in including console and heater control section. All interior was re-painted by PO. I have tan panels/dog legs and planning to just recover in nice fabric of choice. Only thing I don't have is a new headliner because the PO messed his new one up. I see the headliners are readily available.

 

Just got her a few weeks back and in the process of making it "road worthy" for street use(Daily Driver) for my son.

 

See pics here:

 

https://picasaweb.go...s1973Datsun240Z

 

 

Any help is greatly appreciated :) !

 

Paul

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