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hakosuka 
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Posted: April 18, 2006 at 8:01 AM / IP Logged  
i wanted to know how to make a fg piece detachable, like stock paneling that uses clips.  im trying to make a frame/bezel for an ac unit i moved, and i dont want any screws showing.  Could i make the clips out of wood, or maybe cut off some stock clips and cut slots for them to fit?  sorry if im confusing you.  any advice or ideas are appreciated.
mi_what 
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Posted: April 18, 2006 at 8:39 AM / IP Logged  
I'm not too sure I am understanding you perfectly but from what I get you made a replica of an existing panel and now you want to attach it? are there pre-existing holes that you could screw into? if there are you might be able to make a frame out of MDF or plastic and attach it to your replicate piece. If not the really only thing I can think of is double sided 3M tape. Someone else might be able to help out more but, off the top of my head that's the only thing I can think of.
hellbilly007 
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you can buy sheetmetal and plastic clips to screw into at an autobody supply store.
Slowly but surely working towards something. Not sure what though.
crazyoldcougar 
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you can also buy the factory styled "A shaped" spring clips you can epoxy to the back side of your panel, and then just press your panel in, the same way a lot of factory panels do.

and if you cant find new ones at a store go to your local bone yard and pull a bunch of a door panel.

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torquehead 
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Posted: April 18, 2006 at 11:50 PM / IP Logged  

"I wanted to know how to make a fg piece detachable, like stock paneling that uses clips." - Hakosuka

Hakosuka, all of the above ideas are good.  Howerever, you are relocating this frame/bezel.  Where ever you have moved the AC port youll need to make slots or holes for the clips to anchor to.  You can also recreate the back of a factory mounting clip section of a panel. Just simply duplicate the rear of the component or section you need with FG and add the clips and attach it with whatever method you prefer(2-stage glues, resin, ect).  I hope that I havent confused you now.  Maybe more detail from you could be helpful.

Depending on how large the bezel is you can use these....detachable fg - Last Post -- posted image.

...or the friction load type clips like thesedetachable fg - Last Post -- posted image.

on the back side of your bezel/frame to snap it into the structure your mounting it to.

hakosuka 
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Posted: April 23, 2006 at 7:24 AM / IP Logged  
was a bit confused at first, but i get  it now, i think ill try the friction clips see how that works out... thanks
torquehead 
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I had to fabricate an inset panel that is to contain the AC/heater controls in a 2006 Mustang.  This panel was located on the secondary metal framing directly behind what would be a normal dash.  I used the friction clips to hold this in because the cables were tight, although I was able to avoid modifications.  They work very well.  I did find that if you make the insertion slots almost too small, they lock very tight!  Maybe you want to avoid that, maybe you dont.  Either way, its the better clip to use that allows removal of the panel or part you are to secure.....and they are available in different sizes, I like the small ones - you can put them anywhere!
Custom_Jim 
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Posted: April 24, 2006 at 7:59 PM / IP Logged  

You might want to look at something like this :

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&DID=7&Partnumber=260-367

The hardest part on any fixed type clip is alignment and when I install the above style I first begin with lining up the one panel on top of the other and holding it tightly together to the other panel so it doesn't shift and then drill my first 1/8" hole through both panels. After the first hole is drilled I insert an unused 1/8" drill bit into the first hole to keep the panel aligned and then drill the second hole. I continue inserting the unused drill bits in the freshly drilled holes this way when you go to enlarge the holes for the above pins and sockets the panel is lined up where it should be. Don't jump from 1/8" to the size requiredfor the pins and sockets but do it in a few steps. I normally add a little epoxy to the male pin to hold it into the hole and then on the topside of the panel fill the 1/8" hole with the appropriate filler and then continue on finishing the panels.

Jim

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hakosuka 
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Posted: April 25, 2006 at 3:50 AM / IP Logged  

that ball clip was sounds like a great idea, ill probably use the friction clips for now though, thanks guys


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