I am mildly rodding a '63 Checker Marathon that was never a taxi. You know, the NYC taxi cars that look like a cross between a '55, DeSoto, Stude, Buick, HumVee, Sherman tank and God knows what else. Bob DeNiro drove one in the movie "Taxi Driver." You either hate them or love them. I've had three so far. It currently is mostly stock, with a Continental OHV 226 straight-six and 3-speed manual with overdrive. Sometime way, way into the future it will have a Chevy 350 and a 700R4, but for now, I'm using what I got. Here's my problem: I created new door panels that look more rod because the old panels had rotted into nothing. I used 1/8 " Masonite board overlaid with a nice pebbly plastic sheet painted with silver fabric spray and other touches. Looks bitchin'! Fits perfectly! I'm swooning with self-congratulation and "I'm the man" 'tude. Until I go to putting on the door handle and window crank. The panels are thicker and much stiffer than the nearly cardboard originals. They follow the curve of the door okay, but just won't allow enough meat of the shafts to install the hardware. If I push in the panels really hard, I might be able to get the handles to go on, but I would never be able to get them back off again. The handles are standard GM with the clips. Is there any way to extend the shafts, or is there anyone who makes extensions? I surely can't be the only one who has run into this problem. I am desperate enough to consider drilling the center of the shafts and the handles and putting in screws. Anyone have a better idea? It's hard to admit that your shaft is too short and the job can't get done. Sigh.