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Old 08-28-2005, 12:54 PM
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'87 SWB Door, rocker and cab corner fit problems

I've rebuilt the inner and outer lower door portions on my '87 SWB. I'm trying to install the new OEM style rocker and full size cab corner, but I'm having trouble getting a consistant gap along the rocker and door bottom. When I get a consistant gap the rocker won't fit properly.
My door bottom to the belt line measures 22 3/16" to 22 1/4". Can someone verify if this is correct? (The doors were previosly rebuilt and rotten too badly to measure...) This is my first project and I want it to turn out like a pro did it. Is ther an order of operations I should be following to keep me from going in circles trying to line up too many things at once?

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These cabs can go pretty limp when the rockers and cab corners are cut off, especially if the body mounts are soft and floor is rotted. I've been there a few times. What you need to do is use the door for fitting the other parts. The door needs to be aligned properly with the windshield pillar and roof and also the upper portion of you cab corner, then cut the old rocker off and the very bottom of your cab corner. Fit the rocker to the floor and door and screw in place, then trim your cab corner off and fit this in place holding it with screws. Verify that all the panels fit well before welding. Make adjustments as needed, sometimes the rear or front of the cab may need to be lifted to square up the opening. If your door isn't right then fitting with it is going to be a challenge. I can probably hunt up some door opening dimensions but this would also be hit or miss as the tolerances on these old designs were +or- 1/8" or more and this amount could make or break your door alignment. Rebuild your door hinges while you've got it all apart as this is the time to do it not after it's painted. Bob
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Thanks badbob. I did have better luck that way, I think I've got most of the bugs out now.
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