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Old 05-13-2007, 12:47 AM
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Door Alignment

okay so one my doors on my 68 mustang was totally mangled, i gutted what was good in it and bought a new door shell...

im currently repainting the entire car and its pretty much disassembled...im getting close to being ready to prime block paint etc so im wondering if i should put my door on, align it, THEN put the glass and stuff in...or paint it and everything and then put it on....or maybe put it on, align it to make sure it will align without needing modification...then painting then putting it back on....

id like to paint as much as i can off the car if possible.....im going to do the fender and california special fiberglass pieces off the car but obviously fit them first...

just some offers of advice would be nice...

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The best time to check your door alignment is now before you do any painting. You do not need to install the glass,the lighter the door is the easier it is to work with.Just align the door to the rear quarter and if your gaps are good at the rear and bottom of the door then you might want to install the vent window frame to make sure it aligns with the front windshield post. After aligning the door to all of the parts that can't be moved then you can put on the fender and check the front gap to the fender. Depending on where and how hard the door was hit you might also want to check to make sure the door will close without wanting to spring back open which would indicate that the hinges or hinge pillar was tweaked when the door was damaged.
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Old 05-13-2007, 04:24 AM
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nah it was never hit, just totally rusted.

i think i need new hinges anyway...i rebuilt em and the doors still jiggle and sag....they are just shot i think...like the pin hole thing is like too big and worn out....
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Assemble everything. Align everything. Take a scribe and mark around hinges so you will know where it goes back to at reassembly. Make notes or take pictures of what shims go where. After you paint, it will make assembly much easier.

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