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    Posted: 18-March-2019 at 4:14AM
Hello Everyone. New member here from New York. I am looking for the door panels for my 1976 Starsky and Hutch Original from the factory Car. Mine have speakers cut in and wanted to put it back to original. Any Idea were I can purchase them... Regards Erik
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Front: https://www.dearbornclassics.com/ranchero-torino-front-door-panels-standard-1972-1976.html

Rear: https://www.dearbornclassics.com/torino-rear-side-panels-formal-roof-1972-1976.html

Both sold as pairs, from either Dearborn Classics or MAC's Antique Auto Parts.

Keep your old panels and remove trim to place on new panels. Also BC these reproduction panels don't fit as well as the factory ones, so some modification may be needed. Maybe someone else who's bought these panels can chime in and let you know what they've done to get them to fit?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote eljzak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-March-2019 at 9:59AM
Thankyou for the post. I called both places and they  both did not recommend purchasing.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Bird Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-March-2019 at 11:10AM
Sounds like some interesting calls. Something like this?
You - "Hi, I'm calling about the door panels for Torinos…"
Them - "Yeah, we sell them, but they suck. Don't waste your money."
You - "Thanks for the warning."
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HAHAHAHA LOLLOLLOL
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Yes basically.  But I like your straight to the point approach then my 20 minute explanation on the phone
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a good upholstery shop should be able to make
 you some using your old ones for the metal upper and the vinyl for a pattern
you can buy the repop "fuzzys" for the top by the glass
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Sorry for the delay in response.... Auto Krafters were the best in explaining why they wouldnt fit. They told me it was because of the arm rest. The said if your arm rest measures 10 1/2 inches total length. they would fit. The gran torinos measures 14 1/2 inches total because of the plastic base behind it. So the hole were the door handles align are is wrong.  Also they said you would need to change the back panels as well because the stitching will not match
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Where did they recommend getting new door panels from? I'm looking to replace all 4 panels in my'76 Gran Torino and was going to get the set from Dearborn Classics...

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They did not recommend anybody because the said they have the largest data base of suppliers. So basically you need to go to a upholsterer 
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A buddy of mine got his from Dearborn Classics....





and he said the only thing he had to do was reuse the steel upper backer panels from his original trim panels... no mention of arm rest issues.

Here are the panels offered by Distinctive Industries (http://distinctiveindustries.com/) for the 72-73 (thru 76) Torino...



the twin chrome bands are factory for the 72-73 Torino but not correct for the 74-76 Gran Torino. A bit of custom work and they could be made to appear OEM.

I believe these are the panels all the Ford aftermarket suppliers sell....

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Contacted Ron Miller at AutoKrafters about the issue with the Distinctive Industries 72-76 door & rear trim panels and he said the problem is NOT QUALITY but delivery... there is a 6-8 delivery backlog at DI. Ron said they aren't taking orders right now until the backlog is caught up, but with Covid, that may be never! Cry

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I purchased mine from AutoKrafters and they look just like the ones pictured in the previous post


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I have purchased them from AutoKrafters as well.  Fit fine, look good.   The only thing they dont really tell you is the upper part of your old panel has to be used with the new ones.  Takes a little time but it can be done with some patience.  I think I have an extra seat in the box, black, if someone needs them ASAP.  Like I said though you need the old panel for the upper metal piece.


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I may have made those pics a little small  LOL
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Originally posted by shanefolsom shanefolsom wrote:

I may have made those pics a little small  LOL

LOL you think? By all means, attach something larger so we can see what they look like installed..

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Originally posted by tedthemechanic tedthemechanic wrote:

I purchased mine from AutoKrafters and they look just like the ones pictured in the previous post
Ken

Ken, can you post some LARGE pics of the door and rear trim panels installed?

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here they are




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Shane, can you post a clearer (and larger) photo of the door panel itself and also a close up of the horizontal trim? Did you also replace your rear seat side trim panels as well?

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Hi Joe, 

I can do that for you.  The new panels that I have in the box are at my shop.  I will be back there on Saturday.
They look nice and match well.
The rear ones are the original panels.
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So the door panels are MIA.  I am not sure where they are at the moment.
I will keep looking for them.  Sorry thought they were at the shop.
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