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Old 02-08-2019, 08:37 PM
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Interior Panels

I'm having a hard time finding decent replacements for my '84, or really any replacements at all. It's a Jeep Thing in these parts. I actually had what I thought to be an interesting idea, but I'm a little green on these things. I was thinking about using a drop in truck bed liner to fab rear interior panels. I'm also considering attaching them to the back of rear seats and using them on the tail gate as well, then using a spray on topped with vinyl for the floor. I'm not sure if it's ever been done, or if there's a reason it's never been done, which kind of makes me want to do it even more. Let me know what you all think and if you know of anyone that has attempted it.
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I have never seen anyone try that and I have never tried using a drop-in bed liner other than to use as a bed liner.

Sounds interesting.

What interior panels are you missing or need to be replaced?

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All of them! Door panels, rear panels, dash, all destroyed or missing when I purchased it. It's a "from the ground up" kind of project as far as the interior goes. Do you think the plastic from the drop in would cut ok? That's my biggest concern. Thanks for the reply, old87!
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I don't see any reason to mix a spray on liner with a molded one.

Use sheet metal with a spray.
Use aircraft ply if you go fabric/upholstery.
Plastics you can color spray.
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I don't see any reason to mix a spray on liner with a molded one.

Use sheet metal with a spray.
Use aircraft ply if you go fabric/upholstery.
Plastics you can color spray.
Yeah I could have specified better. The drop in would only be used for the interior side panels and the spray on would be used on the floor.
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Let me know what you need as far as dash parts, what color, ect
https://www.yotatech.com/forums/f109...-parts-306446/
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You can get used or brand new matching interior door panels on EBay.
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What exactly are you driving and what color interior are you looking for? I'm sure some of us have extra parts lying around. If you have a 4Runner I have extra rear side panels that had speaker cut outs but if you want to fix them I'm sure you could with some effort.
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Manipulating a Bed liner for panels will be nothing more than a complete and total nightmare IMO, I have seen panels made from diamond plated aluminum, pressed wood etc but I just don’t see the liner coming out well. As said above you can find things it just takes time and quite a bit of effort. You can post what you need here and see what you come up with. Also yota Jim’s here in CO ships, look them up and give them a call.

But hey man by all means it’s your truck do what you will post pics and progress either way
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All of them! Door panels, rear panels,..!
Fiber board cut to shape, Cover side facing outboard with plastic sheet, side facing inboard with 1/8" ensolite, then wrap inboard side with vinyl. Cushier than stiff plastic panels on new cars, low-maintenance...
I also got rid of the stupid hidden fasteners. Write-up here.



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It's a 1984 4runner. Color isn't as much of an issue to me since I'm willing to paint. Do you have pics of the panels you have?
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Originally Posted by Discombobulated View Post
Manipulating a Bed liner for panels will be nothing more than a complete and total nightmare IMO, I have seen panels made from diamond plated aluminum, pressed wood etc but I just donít see the liner coming out well. As said above you can find things it just takes time and quite a bit of effort. You can post what you need here and see what you come up with. Also yota Jimís here in CO ships, look them up and give them a call.

But hey man by all means itís your truck do what you will post pics and progress either way
I'm starting to believe you on the nightmare part. Plastic looks like a PITA to cut. I thought it would be a great idea, since it's light weight, durable, and easy to clean. Maybe line it with some Dynamat or something, you know? But the plastic just doesn't cut well. I'll get pics up of what exactly I'm looking at right now. Like I said, it's a clean slate!

I'll definitely check out Yota Jim's, thank you!
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Passenger floor

Driver side floor

Driver side floor

Passenger floor

Back seat floor and bed





Lots of detail work and cleaning to do, but you get the idea. She's rough, but I think she's beautiful.
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Well. pretty rough is an under statement But, it can all be cleaned up with time and sweat equity
May I suggest
While it's in this condition, take the rest of the dash parts out, the heater pipes, console brackets, even the steel cross member, Then you can remove the heater core box with the heater core and check for leaks while it's out. Then you can clean up, scrub, paint the cross member and check everything. You could do what I did, lay everything out of the floor and put all the pieces together and really see how it has to go back in and for adding the parts you need, like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Trust me. it works.
I don't know if your into it but even the under dash harness should be given some thought, you could figure out where some of those wires go. But that's another big can of worms.............
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Stock interiors likely makes replacement carpet and/or vinyl flooring for it. For panels and such get a sheet or two of 'Haircell' ABS. It comes in various thickness, I think I used 1/16 for the kick panels and B pillar trim on my 83. The ABS is UV resistant, you can scribe and snap it, cut it with a small jig saw, drill it, heat it and bend it, glue it, paint it and its pretty hard to break. The sheet I bought cost about $40 from a plastics supplier in a one donkey city here in Canada, so it'll probably be $6.99 from any corner hardware store in the U.S. of A.! I tried all kinds of other 'ideas' which were basically a waste of time and looked like crap. Door panels on the original were 1/8 tempered Masonite with vinyl glued on. Pretty simple! The dash is likely going to be a metal fab project that you could graft a replacement dash pad on...or use that ABS sheet. I know a guy who made some interior panels for an older Ford Ranger out of plain ABS, cut and glued and shaped it, then lightly sprayed it with VHT crinkle rocker cover paint then sprayed it the right colour...and it looked pretty good. I don't know if 84's had that tacky wood grain dash inlay that the first gens did but wood grain vinyl adhesive shelf liner film works.
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Also check out RustED's custom sheet.metal panels.
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It's a 1984 4runner. Color isn't as much of an issue to me since I'm willing to paint. Do you have pics of the panels you have?
I'll take some pics tonight.
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Originally Posted by RAD4Runner View Post
Fiber board cut to shape, Cover side facing outboard with plastic sheet, side facing inboard with 1/8" ensolite, then wrap inboard side with vinyl. Cushier than stiff plastic panels on new cars, low-maintenance...
I also got rid of the stupid hidden fasteners. Write-up here.


that's nice! I like it . The wheels are turning in my head now😉
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Originally Posted by HeroClass View Post
Do you have pics of the panels you have?
The small holes around the border are from bolts to rivet nut inserts the PO installed. The other side is exactly the same. You could always use it as a template to make your own if you don't want to use it as is.


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