Tony's Auto Classics is now offering new brushed
aluminum door panel inserts which fit over the
original FoMoCo aluminum door panels. The new "add on"
inserts are made of real aluminum with an awesome brushed
finish with a clear anodized coating to protect them from
corrosion and wear. 3M adhesive is used to bond the inserts to
the original aluminum panels to withstand tremendous pull
strength under extreme temperature and moisture
conditions. This adhesive is currently used by Boeing
on aircraft wing panels.
These inserts cannot be adhered directly
to the soft vinyl door panels, since they are physically
smaller than the original aluminum panels. The edges will show
because there is no lip around its perimeter. The long narrow
tabs which are built around the back of the original
panels are very delicate and brake fairly easy. For those
broken or missing tabs, new replacement tabs have been
fabricated to properly secure the aluminum
inserts to the main vinyl panel. See picture below.
For those who can't locate FORD original aluminum
door panel inserts, Tony's Auto Classics has engineered
replacement brushed aluminum door panels. These beautiful door
panel inserts are made of a two part or sandwiched 2-piece
assembly. The front panel has the same rich brushed
finish as the dash inserts. The back plate provides the
long tab configuration to properly attach this metal panel to
the original vinyl panel.
The new inserts over the original aluminum door panels
will probably be acceptable by MCA rules. Chances are only a
nominal point deduction would be exercised by MCA Gold
judges. These new inserts are so nice, and fit so well,
that MCA judges may overlook this detail.