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Old 03-11-2005, 09:49 PM
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Adjusting Model A Doors

I have a 31 Ford 5 window and have noticed latley the drivers door is scuffing at the top. Not all the time but enough it's bugging me. How do you adjust these doors when the hinges are fixed. Is this done buy adjusting the body flex somehow?

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Old 03-11-2005, 11:14 PM
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One of the tricks of the trade I learned as a youngster was this, bear in mind these were 60-70s cars: On a saggy door, a block, hunk of 2x4 between the door and cowl, below the lower hinge, put the block in place, it will hold the door out, push on the door as if you were trying to close it. For a door that's too high in place, do the same on the upper hinge. Try a little at a time to get the door where it needs to be. I don't know if this will work on a model a, maybe some of the other guys here will know or you may have to experiment. Good luck, Dan
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Old 03-12-2005, 12:03 AM
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Thanks but nope not on a model A. Keep in mind this car is a completed street rod. No 2x4's will be used :>)
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:00 AM
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The doors on Model 'A's are adjusted by shimming between the body and frame in the cowl area in line with the windshield posts. There is a single bolt per side just behind the firewall and further back in the sub frame in line with the windshield posts (just in front of the door hinge area) there are additional bolts thru the subframe into the frame. Shimming is done in this area to raise or lower the cowl to align the doors. Shimming is also done in this area to align the hood. The shims are round hard rubber and about 1/4" thick. You can make your own or purchase them from Mac's Antique Auto or Snyder's.
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the only way to adjust doors on a model a is by body adjustment. this will be hard to do now on a completed car. what i do on my body's, is run a small strip of thin weather strip around the inside of the door. it kinda helps hold the door away from the body and gives it a better seal. unfortunately you will alway get some scuffing, because of the overlapping doors.
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Sounds like something I may have to live with. Depending on where you are parked sometimes the doors move freely. The scuffing isn't really bad just enough to wear the paint down inside the top. Thanks for the info on shimming. Sounds like if you don't know what you are doing you could be putting the other door or hood out of wack. I don't have much hair left to be pulling out.
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