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Old 10-03-2007, 12:28 AM
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Fenders and Doors

Hi there everyone, I have a '95 f-150 that has some body damage due to an accident. The passenger side front fender panel is ripped open and part of it is folded back on the passenger side door.I am able to order the fender panel and the door shell on-line,but I don't know anything about doing body work. How hard is it going to be to change out these panels doing it myself. What is involved in doing this. I'm concerned that some of the structure beneath the fender panel has also been damaged and I think this is the structure that the panel bolts onto. If this is the case am I S.O.L? Could you guys give me some feedback on this. I sure could use some help. Thanx guys

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The parts come off pretty easy on these trucks. Remove them and see what you have underneath.

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Thanks man, I gonna dig into this little project as soon as I get the parts.
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I have never replaced a door skin. We always got salvage yard doors to use when they were damaged beyond dings.

Seems like that would be easier than replacing a door skin. Am I wrong?
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Might help you find cheap parts
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I have never replaced a door skin. We always got salvage yard doors to use when they were damaged beyond dings.

Seems like that would be easier than replacing a door skin. Am I wrong?
He's talking about replacing the door shell and the fender, not a door skin.

But yes, door skins take a certain skill that is not easily learned and for a newbe, the door shell is the way to go.

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Oh ok. I thought he meant the skin.

What is considered the shell? I have not seen that term before.
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95's don't have inner fender apron, it's all part of the fender. One thing that your going to have to do is remove the hood. You could just prop it up, but in the long run it will save you time by removing it. Before you take the door off look at the A pillar which is where the door hinges bolt to the cab. Look for chips, cracked paint, anything that is out of the ordinary that would point to structural damage. Next look at your door gaps. Gaps tell stories. When installing your replacement parts, start with the door. Align it to the bodyline on the cab, and check your gaps. Measure the other side if you need help to get the correct gaps. Pay attention to the top of the door. When you align your doors, put all your bolts in and snug them down (don't tighten them all the way) you want to be able to move the door around but with some effort. Make sure it opens and closes fine and doesn't lift up or drop when opening our closing. Then install your fender. When you go to put back on your hood, start with the back bolts first, (ones closest to the firewall) Snug those down. Check your hood alignment same way you did with the door.
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Thanks alot man, that helps me out alot. I was lookig at it (the door) this morning and I noticed that it is pushed out of place about 1/2 an inch toward the bed. Does this mean big trouble like pulled hinges. I mean 1/2 of the hinge is attached to the cab portion of the truck and the other 1/2 is attached to the new door? Is that how they work? If so, does that mean the cab portion of the hinge is pulled out of place? Is that what you meant by pillars: the hinge portion on the cab? I can't look at the pillar yet because of all the steel from the fender that is still on top of the door and I can't get it open.When I get a good look at them I will let you know how they look.

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