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06-12-2013 05:24 AM Passenger Door
Ten hours might have been a little optimistic. I only have abut 4-1/2 left.

Measured and marked off the bottom. It needed ground and welded all the way across. After tacking, small sections were welded and cooled with a blow gun. The heat was controlled with the compressed air and jumping around. Slow and tedious. The dirt and rust in the seam slow things down even more. The welding on the bottom is about 75% done. Got dark and had to go in for dinner.


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06-10-2013 09:39 PM Passenger Door
Marked off and ground the upper rear of the door. Still have a little fine tuning.

Measured and marked the rear bottom and top front. Ground and tacked. Got the bottom rear welded before calling it a night. Welds are a bit rough. I think it stems from the rust in the edge seam.


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06-07-2013 05:11 AM Passenger Door
Finished welding and grinding the filler to the door. All that is left is marking and grinding. Another 10 hours or so and this door will be done.


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06-06-2013 05:59 AM Passenger Door
I have to get back into working all day and then putting a couple hours into the car.

Marked out the opening for the electrical contact. Cut the hole. This one has two extra compared to the driver's door so the window switch on the dash will allow the driver to operate the window.

Drilled the holes for the mounting screws and cut a filler for the hole created for the failed attempt at putting in a flexible wire conduit.

Drilled alignment holes in the hinges and welded the plug in the cowl.

This door is a lot ''tighter'' than the driver's door. The only area that needs filled is the top rear. All the rest is either right or requires grinding (and welding and more grinding). I tacked the 1/8'' rod in place before calling it a night.


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06-01-2013 10:50 PM Passenger's Door
Used the DA to knock the paint of the edges of the door and the door opening. Measured the gaps.

The good news:

The door fits pretty good with the body lines in line. The gaps need some work but quite possibly less than the driver's door.

The bad news:

The cowl bottom is horrible. There is a 3/8'' gap at the fender and the door is about 1/4'' "above" the cowl. After obtaining limited success with the slide hammer (pulling the front out) and the stud welder and slide hammer (pulling the back out), the decision was made to fix it another way.

A quick check with grease on the door frame showed that the weatherstrip missed hitting the body by a very small amount. The rosette was cut out and the cowl was moved about 1/8'' and the rosette was checked again and found to be OK. It did little to fix the door gap.

So I was left with lead or cut and weld. Leading would require at least 1/4'' thick to make the door look right. I opted for cut and weld. Needs some clean up. But it did look good.


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