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    Original Door Pocket

    I am preparing to re-do the door pockets in my 60 BE.
    I have had the car for many decades just getting the restoration completed. I of course did not take photos nor can I locate my notes of the condition of the door pockets when I removed them.
    As you can see from the photos these are the original pocket panel doors. Original fiber type board with cardboard attached for the material to capture the "indent".
    What I can't recall is how the metal supports on top of the pocket doors fit. As you can see I had them powder coated thinking they fit over the black door skin material onto the board. I have seen photos of newer restored cars that appear to have the material
    go over the metal support such that it is not seen.

    Does anyone have an original BE who can inform how the fit is? Or have knowledge of how it fit in original cars?

    I will keep and repair these panels and I'd like to have them fitted as original.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    I bought new pockets from BugeyeGuy. They slide into place and do not require screws. A simple replacement. NFI.
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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    What you show in picture 2 is correct, the metal frame sits on the fiber board and the vinyl goes over the metal.
    Mine are restored originals.
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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    Thanks Desert Rat,
    Your photo refreshes my recollection on the mounting, how far down the other side does the material extend if at all?
    I was thinking of painting the backside black but it looks like there was no paint on my originals.
    If it extends to the back it must have been cut to fit the metal sliders?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    How it left the factory I couldnít tell you, mine were so dried out and shrunk up it was hard to tell. My vinyl came pre-cut in the interior kit from AH Spares and extends pretty far down the back with the sides and bottom trimmed around the metal brackets.


    Quote Originally Posted by tiiM5 View Post
    Thanks Desert Rat,
    Your photo refreshes my recollection on the mounting, how far down the other side does the material extend if at all?
    I was thinking of painting the backside black but it looks like there was no paint on my originals.
    If it extends to the back it must have been cut to fit the metal sliders?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    Got it! Sounds like you also have an original car. I drove my car in high school, some 50 years ago. It lay fallow in a garage for decades until I had the time to get it restored again. Sadly, the original rubber floor mats were a bit thin to keep, they are NLA as you know.
    I have the original Hardura from trunk and rear sill, it is still usable but is weathered and dry so I may replace with kit from Moss, Bugeye Guy (a bit pricy) or other, any recommendation on vendor for that?
    I will use the original rear view mirror which you know was white plastic as compared with the replacement black metal sold by dealers now.

    Thanks for your assistance. Glad to be a member of we happy, happy few, BE owners.

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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    Itís very original, never modified just driven maintained.
    My dad bought my car in 1961 from his friend who bought it new a year earlier. My dad had a green 59 Bugeye that he wrecked so he bought his friends car.
    I recommend the Bugeye Guy hardura kits, thatís what I have and found his stuff to better fitting than the Moss offering but yes, itís more expensive. My rubber mats were all but gone by the late 60s, the desert heat destroyed them.
    I donít believe a white plastic rear view mirror is original, period pictures of my car show the black mirror on a chrome stem like sold today, Terry Horlerís book shows the same.
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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    This is interesting. I too am the second owner of my car. When I got it in 1966 it had the white mirror mounted on a chrome stem. The plastic has deteriorated over the years, a bit crumbly, I intended to repaint it. I ordered a replacement from Frog Eye Spares, they shipped the black with chrome stem in Heritage packaging.
    I wonder if the white was a version used at some point as replacement or if stock of black became thin? It is of course possible that the mirror was replaced for some reason using the white as a substitute? It seems to have a smaller glass than the Heritage one from FE Spares.

    As to Hardura, I am also looking at the Hardura kits from FE Spares and AH Spares. Does anyone have experience with either of those products?

    Thanks

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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    Yes, rear view mirror was black on chrome stem. It's not the smooth black paint, but the same as the wiper motor. I forget what's it's called: hammered maybe? You can buy hammered spray paint to get the look.

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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    back of the door pocket was not painted. There are a lot of variations as to how far the vinyl comes down.

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    Re: Original Door Pocket

    I have never heard of Frogeye Spares. Most people on this forum happy with their parts?

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