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Old 03-27-2010, 11:31 AM
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Drivers door adjustment?

Hey guys, I have a 67 El Camino and my drivers door is about 3/8" low and hits the striker bolt with a thump. The door closes, but it is not as smooth as the pass door. How do I adjust the door? Can it be done with the door on the hinges? I know the adjustment comes from the lower hinge, but I have never done this before....Any suggestions?

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Old 03-27-2010, 12:36 PM
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It sounds like bad hinge bushings and pins ....and you can replace them with the door on the car but first lift the back of the door up and down, if it moves or has play they need to be replaced you can get them at your local parts store in the "help"section.....Around ten bucks then you can re adjust the door if need be....
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I just put in a new lower hinge. Can the door be adjusted while on the car, or do I have to remove the door and adjust the lower hinge upwards of about 3/8" to get it to line up right with the striker bolt?
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:37 PM
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Yes,you HAVE to adjust with the door on.
Take the striker out first....
you can get back and forth movement and also up and down at the spot where the hinge is mounted to the car.
You'll get your in and out at the point where the hinge is mounted to the door.
If the top hinge is in the same spot you can start by slightly lifting the door with a floor jack by putting a little stress on the door then loosening the "hinge to body" bolts then jack it a little more and snug them up.
gently close the door keep repeating until the gaps are where you want them

Put the striker back in, making sure it centered with the latch and thats about it. adjust the in and out so its flush with the 1/4 , by moving the striker in or out.
Let me know if you have any trouble.
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:48 PM
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The deadbodyman is right on! I had a 74 nova with a sagging dirvers door.
All it needed was new bushings and some adj. on the striker bolt and it was good as new.
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Thanks for the help guys, my door closes perfect now...
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I agree with ever one I have 4 paint paddles that are 2" long and 3/16 thick and I place them at the front and rear of the rocker panel and 2 at the top and bottom of the quarter panel
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