Legendary Door panel tool

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    68-GTS Super " Senior " Member

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  2. Oklacarcollecto

    Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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    Looks like that tool simple seperates the glue that is attaching the material to the panel so the clip has a space to slip in. It looks pretty simple from their description.
     
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    Looks like it but its not.... its crap the cardboard doesn't separate properly
    And if you don't get it just right you'll have them looking like crap.
    You need to cut between the layers of cardboard and the flattened / ground down nail they supply doesn't cut it.
    It also doesn't go between the material and cardboard if it did you'd see the clips lumping the material up.
     
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    4spdragtop FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    What about sacrificing a "feeler gauge"?? Might be a bit wide, ya might have to trim it down. I agree looks like a very cheaply made tool.
     
  5. Oklacarcollecto

    Oklacarcollecto Life is an experiment

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    When I got the top boot for my convertible, it came with one snap installed. They sent this pos tool to install the rest of the snaps. I tossed it and bought a Pres-N-Snap tool. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pres-N-Snap...H_DefaultDomain_0&vxp=mtr&hash=item2c5b1dd9f6
     
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    Thought about that might try that too.
    Also thinking a snap-on tool box drawer removal tool might work its slim enough and has a nice bend to it.
    Have to sharpen either one thought.
     
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    Ksipes1 Cuda's for Life

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    I had the same problem also. Very cheap and thin cardboard for the price they charge. Their instructions imply the cardboard is two layers and you separate the two, but it is one thin layer. Even if you are careful and can manage to separate it in the middle, The clips still bulge the thin cardboard out and show in the outer panel. My 45 year old panels I took off were a better design. You would think for the money they charge, they could supply you a better product.
     
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    Agreed... So much easier if that was done before the material was applied.
     
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    I agree with Ksipes1. My original panels were built way better than the Legendary panels. The board that the factory used was more of a stronger masonite type board that had the slots cut into them and the alligator clips slipped in and held nicely. These Legendary panels are thin and if you try to separate the panel, you may or maynot have good luck in doing so without damaging the panel. PLUS....I would hate to have to pull these panels back off for any reason, because I can tell you this. The clips will pull right through the backing board with the slightest tug on the panel, with or without a panel removal tool. If you attempt to get the clips in all the way behind the panel between the vinyl and the board then like he says, you can see the clip bulging through the vinyl and it looks like crap. I kept my old panels just in case I ever had one of these fail.

    Lots of money for a cheesy backing board, in my opinion!
     
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    My first panels were thin. I called dantes. he had them send me the newer panels. You won't get them until they are out of the old ones. And if you buy dirrectly from ledgendary good luck. They will not help you unless you buy a large quantity every year. Always use a popular third party. I use Dantes for everything from everywhere.

    Now the easy way to use the panels you have. Go to a salvage yard and get some panel clips from a 85 to 89 mopar. Take these clips and cut three of them to different lenghths with a dremel or fine cut off wheel. The part that slides behind the panel. Then sharpen them again with the dremmel front and sides inner and outer, Take the shortest one and put it in the hole and while pressing the face of the outside of the clip against the panel slide the sharpened end into the panel as deep as it goes and turn it alittle. This is now your depth guide. Once you have the first one bottomed go onto the second then third. These same unaltered clips can be used for installation of the panel They are thinner and not as easy to be seen from the exterior side. They are green in color, If you have the larger holes in your doors ues the black corner clips from the 70's after you use the green for fittment. do not use the wire clips. Throw them away . they will eventually be seen. just what works for me and it was fast and easy once you get a system going. Steve
     
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      Been some time ago but I think I just used a razor blade.
       
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      I don't think you would get a blade in there , The holes are already cut you are separating the panel to give space for the clip to slide in without distorting the vinyl. But I guess some can accomplish the same things using different methods. Alot of people on this site use saws and big hammers and the end result is the same. What ever works is good. My method is just what worked for me.

      One thing I wanted to add those green clips I described in my previous post release easier and allow for easy removal of the panel without pulling the crapboard apart.
       
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      340plot the bushy bush

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      ever think to do like they did on the 70 style duster sail panels? take a 4x4 piece of the backing board, and put the clip in it and then glue it to the panel?
       
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      Best idea as of yet.... Thanks for the tip
       
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      ...But then wouldn't the panel stick out 2 far, then the spacer would be noticable wouldn't it........just thinking out loud.......kim.......
       
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      340plot the bushy bush

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      i do not think it would stick out but 1/4 inch,if that. ill have to try it on a set i have ghere, for a definate.lol
       
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      I just used a razor blade to cut through their score marks where the clips go and then used their little nail tool to dig out the cardboard chunk. I used door panel clips for 79 - ? Chrysler, which I got at a local paint supply store. Very close to original ones. No bulging problems, and actually had to pop one of the panels back loose for some reason and reinstall. Didn't have any problems.
       
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