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Old 04-29-2013, 11:22 AM
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Fiberglass Door 32' Ford Coupe

I recently purchases a 32' ford coupe, fiberglass body, The doors came as a 2 piece set. Looking for any good info on how to bond the doors properly. Also installing power windows and latches.

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If you rough up both mating surfaces with 80 grit, you can apply body panel adhesive from any one of a number of companies...I use 3M...Part #'s 08116 or 08115 mostly...the same product with different cure times are also available.

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Before bonding the inner and outer panels together do i need to hang the inner panel on the car and install all the guts to the door? Is the bonding a final step?

Also do they make a piece that goes on the upperside of the door at the bottom of where the the window comes up. or is that something that gets fiberglassed in to get a closer tolerance?
Hope that makes sence.

Know any good websites with step by step for this?

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When you purchased the fiber glass vehicle, did it have assembly instructions? Without seeing what you have I would only be guessing but it would make sense to me to have the doors aligned before a permanent adhesive was applied.
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To i purchased the car as a project, with no assembly instructions
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That does it make it more difficult...have you tried either looking up the manufacturer on line or giving them a call? They may have information on installation of parts that they could send you.
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I would pre-assemble them on the car using a few screws. That way you won't build a twist into the door.

Here is one way I might approach it.

Figure out a way to fasten the inner and outer panel to the car. Maybe you can tape them in place using duct tape, and having some wood shims under the bottom to set the gaps. Then starting at the center, drill and screw them together, working from the center out.

Once those are all drilled, and you are happy with the fit, you should be able to rough up the surfaces that touch with heavy grit sandpaper... mix a slow setting batch of fiberglass... paint those surfaces... and screw them back together.

If you have gaps between the two panels, premark those places before starting, and stick some precut fiberglass matt pieces to one of the freshly brushed panels, then dab some more resin on the mat before screwing the second piece in place.

If the glass is mixed right you will have 20-40 minutes before it hardens. Talk to your fiberglass supplier about the mix for your shop temps.

Do one door at a time to avoid a time crunch.
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That does it make it more difficult...have you tried either looking up the manufacturer on line or giving them a call? They may have information on installation of parts that they could send you.
X2 on Ray's suggestion. Find out who made the body, then talk to them about how to proceed. You may be missing some parts that might be hard to reproduce.
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On some of the glass cars, The inside door is mounted in place, Then everything is placed inside the door,Then the outside of the door is glued in place,,
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