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Old 04-04-2013, 01:42 PM
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Not exactly how to fix this?

I have a 66' mustang, that I'm getting ready for paint. Problem is on the passenger side, top and bottom of the door line up. however the middle of the door is sitting high. Both quarter panels where replaced, so i'm assuming this side wasn't done correctly? Anyone know what I should do to fix this? I just want to make sure its done right. The doors are new.

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:27 PM
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Because the panels were new, does not mean they will just fit. The doors should have been aligned when the 1/4s were put on. Looks like a big enough section that it will require cutting and reshaping. Looks to have plenty of filler on the 1/4 for being replaced. It could be that the 1/4 was pushed too far in when put on and/or the door is not shaped right. Now begins the fun, which one is it, or is it both?? Do you have old original parts to compare?
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:08 PM
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There sure is a lot of filler in the 1/4 ,you sure it was replaced? and that door is awful thick what was so wrong with it it had to be filled so much ?
I think the ez fix is to raise the door so the lines line up then adjust the striker so it goes farther in and forget the top of the door ..Thats about all you can do now but I hate to say it looks like you got yourself a can of worms there ,Doors need to be adjusted before you change a 1/4 and its best to leave them on while your doing it so you can keep ckecking the gaps for any changes as you go....Was it side swiped or something??
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Yep, this looks all wrong. How in the world did the door get so thick when it's too far out to begin with? This makes no sense, if the door was ever trial fit then it wouldn't have the filler on it because is out to far but why would it have anything on it if it wasn't they fit it to the quarter? HUH? Yeah, this isn't making sense.

How about the original door, do you have one? Repro parts are NEVER a perfect fit but what has gone on with these two new parts to be covered with filler but still not fit? It's a mystery.

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Old 04-04-2013, 10:41 PM
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try loosening the bolts on the hinge on the door and jack up the door a little. This will keep your gaps(doubt they're right) and line up the body lines but might alter the tilt of the door by moving in/out. You can easily tell if the quarter was welded on wrong if you have a perfect gap to your rockers and the top of the door matches the top of the quarter and it's not lining up. If this was installed without the doors lined up the lines might be wrong as well as the gap. Most of the time when you first mock up a quarter the body line will be crooked a hair to the door and you have to shift it around by raising/lowering the butt or shaving something here and there so it can move freely. Everyone has said pretty much what I agree with. Before worrying about it being flush I would sand that door down and if there's something in the middle keeping the filler that thick that you don't want to get into you can at least grind down the edges of that filler and kick up the edge of the door so at least your edges aren't as fat.

How bout a pic of the top of the door to the quarter, your rocker gap, and your door gap? This will most closely resemble us being there and figuring out a way to fix it. Sounds like you'll not only be raising the door but also finding a middle ground by making it a little uneven here and there so it's not so uneven in one place.
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