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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jonpentz, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. jonpentz
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
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    jonpentz
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    from wyoming

    You can see in the door picture I traced the door gap out


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  2. jonpentz
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    [​IMG]heres what I have so far for the door gap and honestly I am sooo excited it's pretty OK and so here is a couple of shots of my work today [​IMG]


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  3. jonpentz
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    Now I want to go back a couple days and clear up something that I observed/did. A lot of guys modify the door to fit the door jam but since I've already chopped my door jam up why cut up a good door so I took the door latch off the post and shimmed it to see if I could get it to catch the door and SUCCESS 3 washers did just the trick so now I know I can modify the post slightly to make it work with the two door doors! Here's pictures of what I have [​IMG][​IMG]


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  4. jonpentz
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    Also today I hit some yard sells and got a new sign from a local meat butcher he was awesome it's too bad he is done but I'm glad I got his sign [​IMG]


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  5. jonpentz
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    I was going to use 2 sets of Four door doors and I did make one but I found a really cruddy set of 2 door doors and now I'm cruising with them


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  6. low budget
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    from Central Ky

    Thats one way to cover up the bodywork, but I thought it was lookin pretty good before you put the sign up:D
    .......seriously tho, lookin good!;)
     
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  7. s55mercury66
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    s55mercury66
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    from SW Wyoming

    Dave's is closed and out of business? That's a bummer.
     
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  8. Squablow
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    Great info on the 4 door post door latch to 2 door sedan alignment. I think it'll be easier and cleaner to modify the post than to slice up the doors and weld in the 4 door sedan jamb pieces.
     
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  9. low budget
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    low budget
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    from Central Ky

    ....any tips on how you got such a clean folded over lookin edge where you cut the front off the rear door?
    looks good in the pics anyway.
     
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  10. belair
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    Looking good.
     
  11. Gearhead Graphics
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    Gearhead Graphics
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    from Denver Co

    At that rate I'd just mill out a spacer to fit between the latch and the jamb and call it done. Nobody will notice that, if they do they're looking too close.
     
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  12. jonpentz
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    from wyoming

    I'm getting there I think I have some ideas


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  13. jonpentz
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    Yep his wife died of cancer and he said he was to tired to keep going


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  14. jonpentz
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    I thought so too no use cutting up good doors for a car I've already cut the hell out of


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  15. MrGasser
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    Can you guys explain what is involved in making the rear quarter window opening look like a two-door when you remove that rear post from the four-door?
     

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  16. jonpentz
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    Once you remove the small post it takes some fab work to blend the body line but it's exactly the same I was even able to fit the glass perfectly!


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  17. jonpentz
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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] so I have been thinking about my door jam and the opening where the door meets the post and how number one to fill the hole and how number two how to strengthen the body and make the right curve to match the door!!so I saw a part of sheet metal in the danchuck magazine and I realized that the piece I needed was in the front of the rear door!! After I skinned it I had a nice solid piece with the proper crown to fill this hole! Here are pics of the piece I plan to use


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  18. els
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    I thought trying to make a 2 door out of a 4 door would look a little goofy, I am very impressed. VERY COOL. GREAT JOB.
     
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  19. jonpentz
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    I'm going to start on the driver side now I'm finding that I'm getting down to a lot of detail work on the passenger side if you've ever done one of these conversions it actually goes really quick so I'm going to do the driver side get all the major fabrication done and do all of the little detail stuff alongside of the bodywork. I'll post more pictures as soon as I can!


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  20. jonpentz
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    That's a good idea


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  21. manyolcars
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    manyolcars

    Thanks for the information. I am 4 to 2 dooring a 55
     
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  22. 4 pedals
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    4 pedals
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    from Nor Cal

    I can't believe some of the work that happens on this site by people far more talented than myself. I've seen threads on this conversion a couple of times and it's amazing!

    I am curious, though. Could a small rear door be created like the Chevy trucks from late 90's-early 2000's? Use the full length 2dr sedan doors, then a shortie door, maybe 12-14" in length? No. it wouldn't be original appearing, but possibly a neat feature.

    Devin
     
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  23. MrGasser
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  24. jonpentz
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    from wyoming

    It is literally part of the car with reinforcement behind it's not supporting anything it's not holding anything I just use a cutting disc and I cut it straight off flush with the body lines


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  25. JOECOOL
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    Thanks for the tip on using the four door latch with a shim. It would have saved me a lot of time. Thanks again
     
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  26. Great work - some very, very talented people with great vision reside on this site and you are one of them!
     
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  27. jonpentz
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    Thanks man


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  28. jonpentz
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    [​IMG] getting some stuff done on the drivers side once I get past all of the major stuff I'll get back to little tips and tricks and more detail stuff on the door jam and door gap [​IMG][​IMG]


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  29. Schwanke Engines
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    I'd Leave it alone, but then again I am a 4 Door Kinda guy anyway. There are a metric f*&k ton of 2 Door 55-57 Chevy's on the road. Not many 4 Door's that are built We are doing a 57 4 Door for a customer right now and have done 2 55 4 Doors I love them all. Soo much more room for activities.
     
  30. els
    Joined: Sep 11, 2016
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    Great job. I have seen it done, but you have done a clean job. Great job.
     
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