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Old 06-15-2008, 12:21 AM
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On the cheap 1955 4 door to 2 door

Ok guys im thinking about getting a cheap 55 chevy 4 door. Until i can afford to install some doors from a 2 door. Lets see some 55 4doors with the rear door handles shaved and or the rear door cracks filled.. Anyone done this out there... anyone...purist not apply..
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On the cheap 1955 4 door to 2 door

go all out and weld up both doors and have one long door .
or you can get the two door doors and a door jam and make up a two door .
hardest thing will be your side stainless working out .
or you coul cut out the whole body section and build a shorty shoe box like allot of builders try .
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Lets cut it up has turned a 4 door into a 2 door.I would shave rear handles but not fill seam. A 4 door without rear handles looks OK. With the back seams filled it will look funny with the short front doors. IMHO.
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go all out and weld up both doors and have one long door .
or you can get the two door doors and a door jam and make up a two door .
hardest thing will be your side stainless working out .
or you coul cut out the whole body section and build a shorty shoe box like allot of builders try .
I would think taht getting the rear windows to work properly would be the hardest part...........

Its been done.........but you need the parts from a 2 door, so why not just look for one........unless you can find the parts without stripping a 2 door.
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like i said "until i install some 2 door doors" I know the process to do it right but i just wanted to see some 4 doors with the door handles shaved for now or and the seams filled..ill even cut out the rear window post and use plexiglass,, and the car was given to me free,, sooooo... any pics?
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or you coul cut out the whole body section and build a shorty shoe box like allot of builders try .
I hate those, they look retarded....
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Here's the '57 I converted in the early '90's. I just welded the rear doors shut, slapped on some filler, primed and painted. Definitely an "on the cheap" affair. I used a set of Honda buckets and you could squeeze into the back seat if you worked at it.





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cool cboy! how hard was it to fill the cracks? just bondo? and another i found on the net.
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I had a 55 years ago that I just removed the rear door handles; it looked fine(considering it wasn't a 2 door). You said you were on the cheap. Any other way, you're at least going to get into a bunch on work. You can't just bondo up the seams; the vibration of driving will crack it out for sure.

If you weld up the doors, you're going to get into having to get special seats, or eliminate the use of the back seat. Actually, in today's world, 4 door performance or sporty cars are commonplace (like the Dodge Charger or SRT8), and many rodders have gone to 4 doors, simply because they're more reasonable to buy and more plentiful. I'd think about taking all the door handles off and replacing them with late-model body color units, like from a Firebird or Neon, and leave it as is. That'd be the cheapest way.
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cool cboy! how hard was it to fill the cracks? just bondo?
Dalesy is correct...bondo would crack the moment you hit your first good bump in the road...or just from engine vibration. I welded my doors in using 1/4" solid rod to fill the gap between the door end and the door jamb. Still had to use plenty of filler...but at least things were pretty solid.
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Leave it a four door until you can do it right, If you weld up the doors you will have all kinds of double work on your hands to open them back up to get to the meat of things when you want put in the right length doors. Just shave the handles and run like that. JMO Tim
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Leave it a four door until you can do it right, If you weld up the doors you will have all kinds of double work on your hands to open them back up to get to the meat of things when you want put in the right length doors. Just shave the handles and run like that. JMO Tim
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I HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF 4 DOORS YOU CAN SHAVE
THE HANDLES IF YOU DO IT RIGHT IT WILL LOOK GOOD
TILL YOU CAN DO IT THE WAY YOU WANT TO DO IT
THAT WAY IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND AND YOU GO TO SELL
THE CAR OR YOU DON'T MAKE IT A TWO DOOR
IT WILL BE LESS WORK IN THE LONG RUN
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I seen this '55 4-door a few years back at Columbus Goodguys and it really looked great!




I am on the look out for a clean 4-door to shave and paint black to hide the door gaps......

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