Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 08:53 pm, by: Georgia Main(Georgiamain)
I have a '91 Soarer. The drivers side door trim has had to be removed because it is broken - it seems to be in two pieces. The under-layer seems to be in good condition but the 'attachment' (where your elbow would rest)is broken )one section is snapped through) and I don't think it can be repaired. Any idea of how I can get this fixed without having to get a whole new door trim which has been quoted at $1500? Is there somewhere I can get a second-hand door trim??
Have you tried a motor trimmers? Generally they are able to weld the plastic, recover, reinforce etc. A local trimmer did my window trim, and although not EXACTLY the same, is quite acceptable for a 14 year old car.....
Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 10:13 am, by: Tref Abbott(Tref)
And now....the cheap way (in case you're interested) I had the same problem a couple of years ago. Being stoney broke back then (erm...no change there then) I took the interior panelling off and fixed the broken areas myself. This will sound ugly but I used fibreglass cloth. Two years later and it's still working perfectly.
I actually found about three breaks in the plastic panel so it took me a few hours to fix 'em all. My interior trim is lightish grey and I managed to find something very close to that colour in the loacl Spotlight store (you know, the store the wimmin disappear into when looking for dress fabric and when you go in after 'em an hour later you realise what hell is really like).
I had looked at getting the EXACT material from an auto upholsterer but it would have cost an arm and a leg.
I just copied the positioning of the old trim and although the whole process took a couple of days I was delighted with the result. Quite honestly you can't tell that it's any different to original.
Sunday, October 15, 2006 - 08:41 am, by: Don Bagnall(Baggs)
Hi Georgia, No, that's the VIN number. What I need is the chassis number from the original Toyota data plate under the bonnet, as in JZZ30******** or UZZ30******* or UZZ31*******, depending on whether your's is a TT, 4.0-GT, or a 4.0-Ltd.