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My '72 had never had a rear deck lid pannel, I'm going to make one up and cover it with white vinyl to match my interior.

I was planning on using some 1/4" press board, but was wondering how thick the original was and what kind of material was used on the OEM?

Thanks,

Steve

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The one on my '73 is made out of 1/4" masonite. Hope this helps.

Cheers, Mike

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3 minutes ago, Pop's Z said:

The one on my '73 is made out of 1/4" masonite. Hope this helps.

Cheers, Mike

Same for my 4/71.

Dennis

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39 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I've got mine out right now if you need any measurements.

@sdyck

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I was going to make a template from cardboard, but measurements would be a real help.

Thanks!

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27 minutes ago, sdyck said:

I was going to make a template from cardboard, but measurements would be a real help.

Thanks!

I'll measure the hole spacing and the overall piece tonight and post you up a detailed picture with my laptop. I'm using my phone now, and it doesn't have any kind of photo shop.

I'll get it to you asap. 8^)

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Steve I have a few of these laying around if you want to use one for a pattern. It's curved so not easy to get perfect the first time.

As to thickness, the original hardboard stuff is ~1/8th. I like the idea of using thicker or at least stiffer material so it stays flat and stays sealed forever. Nice bead of dum-dum around the outside will keep it air tight.

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Agree with zKars. That's why mine is off, it was bent in/broken over the years. I suppose something slid into it? But that's why I removed it and had an upholstery shop glue that thin metal patch in my first picture.

 

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the one that came with my car is around 1/8". cant find hard-board that thin so i ended up sanding it down to about 3/16"  if it is too thick, i dont know if the plastic rivets will hold it in place

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I'll try my best here, if you need something let me know.

I don't have a millimeter tape measure but these are dead on 1/8's, except the distance from the outer edge and the holes all the way around.  They are falling in between 3/8" and 1/2" on my tape measure.

Overall length, 34-5/8"

Width, 5-3/4"

1st hole, 5/8" from edge

2nd, 9-3/8"

3rd, 17-1/4"

4th, 25-1/8"

5th, 34-1/8"

I started my measuring from the left side and the holes are between 3/8"&1/2" from the outer edge.  I bought what I believe is the closest to original from Lowes hardware.  Four #8 speed nuts and four #8x5/8" screws.  Those are for the 2nd and 4th holes top and bottom, from the left.

Six "variable depth push fasteners GM" for the 1st, 3rd and 5th holes top and bottom.

I hope you can make sense of this but if zKars is willing to give you one for a template that would be better.

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I'm good and awake now so I need to wise up my earlier post.

I don't have a metric tape measure and in between 3/8s & 1/2 inches would be 7/16". And I thought transferring one on a piece of paper then mailing it to you would work as good as the actual piece? 

And then I thought about the rubber stoppers on the bottom of the hatch, mine were rotted out so I bought new ones from my local Nissan dealership. They use some crazy descriptions on their packaging but theses are the ones.

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Hey thanks for all the great info. Very helpful! I can deal in eather metric or imperial no problem. I think I will go a little thicker than 1/8" maybe soak the hard board in hot water  for a while and see if I can press a bit of a curve into it. I'll try with sight unseen measurements, but Jim I may come around to compare what I'm working on to what you have. Also like the idea of  rivnuts instead of the plastic rivets.

Im not great at documenting, but I will try on this project in case it's of any help.

Steve

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On ‎7‎/‎17‎/‎2017 at 10:44 PM, sweatybetty said:

the one that came with my car is around 1/8". cant find hard-board that thin so i ended up sanding it down to about 3/16"  if it is too thick, i dont know if the plastic rivets will hold it in place

Lowe's has 4x8 sheets in 1/8" for about $7ea. I just bought some on Sunday. It was in an aisle with other sheets and some trim.

Chuck

 

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2 hours ago, cbuczesk said:

Lowe's has 4x8 sheets in 1/8" for about $7ea. I just bought some on Sunday. It was in an aisle with other sheets and some trim.

Chuck

 

i tried there and slum depot. they called it 1/8", even the sticker on it said 1/8", but it measured way thicker

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8 hours ago, sweatybetty said:

but it measured way thicker

Pretty much all building materials are nominal now. Not surprised it was thinner. It is a way for manufacturers to handle inflation. Call it 1/8" but make it thinner for the same price. You should see how small the a bars of soap I like have gotten. The box is the same size but the bars rattle around in them now...:wacko:

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4 hours ago, Patcon said:

Pretty much all building materials are nominal now. Not surprised it was thinner. It is a way for manufacturers to handle inflation. Call it 1/8" but make it thinner for the same price. You should see how small the a bars of soap I like have gotten. The box is the same size but the bars rattle around in them now...:wacko:

no, the sticker said 1/8", but the actual board was almost 1/4"

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19 hours ago, sweatybetty said:

no, the sticker said 1/8", but the actual board was almost 1/4"

Wow, that's unusual!

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As bad as I hate to say it, I've bought treated lumber and switched the stickers off cheaper pine wood. I was young and stupid, now I'm older and still stupid but I wouldn't do the ole switch a roo today. Too much to lose besides sleep now.

Clarity edit: we would get the high dollar wood for the cheap price and return it for the money. Then buy beer. Not proud of that but it happened. Sorry Lowes.

 

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The sheets I bought are close to the stated 1/8". I'll have to measure it tonight to get an exact number.

Chuck

 

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So,  I ended up  driving over to Jim Karst's place to make a template from one of his old covers. Sightunseen measurements helped me get the holes started in the right place.

I'm happy with the end product, but have one corner where I want to smooth out a little where the vinyl  bunched up a little.

I used rivetnuts with.bolts and finish washers because that's what  I had in the shop. I may pick up some white screw caps to see if I like the look better.   Thanks for everyone's help!

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