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Old 08-29-2010, 09:45 AM
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Door gap question..

Now i have been working on a 37 Ford Tudor for a few years now. Last winter I got the gap fixed in the drivers door. I have a new floor in as well. Now the passengers side is a different case. I have read articles on how to fix the gap, along with help from this site and others. The passengers side door has a even gap at the front of the door. It is kind of wide at the top rear of the door, and almost nothing from about the door handle down. I was thinking.. Is it possiable that I jack up the back of the body to push in the top of the "B" pilar, and pull out the bottom of "B" pilar?? I will keep the front locked down, along with keeping the drivers side locked down.. Thanks.. Al
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Here.. i took some pictures of it.. First two pictures of the front, then the pictures of the rear of the door.. Al
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Here.. This might help better.. Do you think I could fix this by raising the body at the rear mounting point?? Al
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If you just can't get it by monkeying with it. Just grind and weld as necessary. That's pretty fast and easy with a small mig that has good adjustments to it.
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al, give me a call when you can and i'll run you through the adjustment of the early ford body. it's all in shimming.

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Thanks.. Shine.. Will you be around sometime Tuesday afternoon. Can't tomorrow.. Have to go after work and have a A1C done at the Dr.s office.. Al
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Thanks Shine.. I calle Shine, and he told me how to fix the 37 door gap. Now it takes me a while to understand things, but he didn't rush it. He explained it quite well, and it seems to be working. I now have a gap of about 1/16", where I had none before. I will try what Shine said again, and see if I can pull it out alittle more.. Thanks again Shine.. You are a good teacher.. Al
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it's all in the shims. those who say shims shouldn't be used don't know anything about aligning body parts. it is how the factory did it. good luck with it.
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Sorry, looks like I gave advice that wasn't so good.
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Shine. If i put a 1/4" rubber pad under the cowl, and tighten the bolt down. I then should be able to lower the shims under "A" pilar. I read somewhere that the shims shouldn't be above 3/8". Is that true?? I am hoping that by raising "B" pilar up maybe 1/8" more.. I would then only need to maybe go up on the "A" pilar by 1/2".. Should I then put any filler pieces in between the areas that are raised up?? Al
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Well I did what Shine told me. I do have a gap now, BUT!!! Now here is what I have. I still have the good gap in the front. Good gap on top. Good gap from the corner down to the reveal line. I also have a fairly good gap at the bottom.. I have about a 1/16" gap in the center.. Now what?? I did pull on the door handle alittle, and I end up with a good gap from the top to the bottom.
I was thinking.. If I got the old 2x4 out again, and supported it against the garage wall. Now if I put the other end against that door post. Do you think I could move it over a little with the 3lb sledge??, or is that a bad idea.. Al
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