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Technical 1936 ford door alignment

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tbauer, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. tbauer
    Joined: Jul 16, 2009
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    Does Anybody out there know how I can close this gap ? ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1450136797.577846.jpg
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    'm talking about the door gap. The body lines are good and so is the gap at the hinge


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  2. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
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    The gaps on my car, after the body was replaced, looked pretty close, so I didn't mess with body-to-frame shims. I used some shims on the hinges of my '36 3W to get the small adjustment the doors needed and the alignment came out very even. Also, on the passenger's side door, I had to lay a weld bead on the edge in about a 10" area, then grind it down so it's even all the way around. It worked out fine for me.
     
  3. Pull the front and mid section down with a couple of come - alongs.
     
  4. Johnboy34
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    By those pictures, the gap at windshield pillar and top rear of door seem to be getting wider as you go up. Also looks like wider gap on top of door, Would those all come back if you pull the roof back together? Is that different roof pieces or two body's put together?
    ( I think that is what He ^^^^ said )
     

  5. redo32
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    Are both doors the same? Is the body bolted down to a square frame? If so, that's a lot of work for a 1/2 " chop to make the doors fit. Or weld a filler to the door.
     
  6. john worden
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    I've seen this before when the original door is replaced with one from another car.
    Looks like welding filler on is the only fix.
     
  7. tbauer
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    Thanks guys ! Lots of great suggestions.


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  8. tbauer
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    This car was cut in three pieces then I added a different cowl and doors !


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  9. Johnboy34
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    I have seen in situations like your's a guy will wrestle the body ( come along ) around and get best door fit and tack the doors in place. After that add bracing and put the car back together, make sure the hinges and pins are in good shape first. Also seen where they had to cut it back apart and start over, don't get discouraged, Looks like your on the right track.
     
  10. jjjmm56
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
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    from FL.

    For door gaps that are oversized I weld and grind 1/8 bar stock
     
  11. jjjmm56
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