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Old 05-08-2009, 05:50 PM
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31 ford tudor - sagging doors

I have gaps at the top back end of both doors. If I lift up on the door, I get a small amount of movement but, not enough to close the gap. There doesn't seem to be any wear on the hinges but, I really can't tell. The front seam (opening) where the door meets the cowl is pretty much lined up. I purchased a door kit, (rubbers, top & bottom) from MAC but, when you look out the top of the doors from the inside, the rubbers do not even touch the top of the door frame. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.

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Have you checked to see if it is the body sagging instead of the doors? Cole
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Sounds like you need to move the B pillar down in relation to the A pillar that the doors are hung on. What you are doing in effect is lowering the rear half of the body while leaving the cowl in the same relative position. That should tighten up that gap. Depending on what you have in place for body shims right now determines how easy this all will be.

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sagging doors

Your body/frame mounts need more spacers near the back of the doors.
The doors are good. The body needs a lift.
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Shim the body up in rear !!!!
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The Model 'A' Ford door alignment (as well as the hood alignment) is accomplished by shimming the cowl. The shims are usually placed under the cowl between the lower body (subframe) and the running board apron in line with the windshield posts for the door alignment.
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Your body/frame mounts need more spacers near the back of the doors.
The doors are good. The body needs a lift.
Correct approach, BUT, wrong location. Adding shims in this area will INCREASE the gap between the top of the rear portion of the doors.

All the shimming is done in the cowl area.
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Listen to Frisco, shim the BACK of the cowl, the bolt closest to the door and this will raise the back of the door.

And be sure you tighten it all down to determine what it did for you. If you loosen the cowls bolts on one side, then put a shim (it doesn't have to be permanant at this point) then tighten down your bolts, ESPECIALLY the front one, you will see the door move. But you have to tighten the front bolt back down or the shim in the rear bolt will do almost nothing.

This is after you have checked all the hinges though. Be sure the hinges are tight, lift up on the rear of the door and see if there is any slop, if there is determan where it is. If there is report back with that info and we may have some suggestions.

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31 ford tudor - sagging doors

Thanks to everyone for their input. I will shim the back of the cowl as suggested and let you know how it turns out. Don't know exactly when, I have to get approval to sneak it in on my wife's "TO DO" list.

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sagging doors

I just wanted you to know I was WRONG! I had to go look,as soon as I looked at it, I know I goofed. Frisco my first street rod was all most a twin to your primer low boy in your photo gallery.1960 how the price of things have changed.
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