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Old 01-30-2006, 05:11 PM
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Howdy. I'm turning a 4 door into a 2 door with the gaps welded up, but I'm not sure exactly how. As I'm sure you all know, the edges of the rear doors on an older 4 door car don't sit exactly flush with the rest of the body so the door can open past the pillar and rear edge of the front door. If you run your hand over the gap, you can feel it go from high to low. The edges of the door need to be flush with the 1/4 and rocker along the side of the car so the seams can be welded. So, I was thinking I could take the doors off, remove the strikers and latches, and then drill the mounting holes for the hinges like slots on a pair of channel locks. This would allow me to re-hang the door loosely like you do when you're aligning fenders, hood, etc. and move it inward so the all outer edges around the door are flush with the rear 1/4 and the rocker, and then weld the hinges in place once it's where I want it. Or I could weld the holes up and drill new ones. Does anybody know if this is the way to go about this? Would I want to keep the latch and strikers, but move the strikers in, too to help support the door once it's welded shut? Would leaving it on the hinges alone be too much weight on the door pillar after a while? Thanks.

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Old 01-30-2006, 05:41 PM
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What kind and year of car is this? "OLDER" is kind of a mute point since your diffinition of "old" is probably different then mine.
As far as aligning the door do what you have to do, it really doesn't matter once it's welded up.
your question about the strength of the hinges and piller just needs some thought on your part. The door on a normal four door will bounce around on the hinges and "B" piller for the life of the car with no issues so, once it's welded up and immobilized I don't think the hinges or piller will care.
Just realize this 4 door to 2 door conversion is going to be a bit out of proportion. A normal 2 door car will have doors about half again as long as what you are going to end up with so it will look kinda strange.
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:20 PM
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Yeah, honestly, you will never have a "two door", you will have a four door with the rear doors welded shut. Not exactly a hot seller.

I would really think about just shaving the handles off so it looks a little smoother and leave it at that as far as the doors.

To REALLY do it, and I have thought about quite a bit in making a 65 Buick Gran Sport "Elcamino". You really would need to remove the hinges and latches and even the skin off the door to do a nice job. Anything else is just a four door with the doors welded shut.

If you really want to do it, you can't just move the door back to close up the gap because that would leave a huge door gap between the front and rear doors.

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