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Old 01-23-2011, 04:33 PM
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Optimum Panel Gaps?

I know this varies from model to model

But, Is there a optimum panel gap that I should try to achieve?

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3/16 to 1/4. Like you said most cars/manufacturers vary. And you'll find most are bigger than that. The biggest thing is to just get your gaps CONSISTANT through out the project. Sometimes that consists of enlonging the holes to get more adjustment or welding up edges and grinding them back down to even them up. Just depends on how far you want to go that route.
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panel gaps

at the dealers we used a wood paint stir stick for door & panel gaps [if you mean door hood and deck lid etc.]
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at the dealers we used a wood paint stir stick for door & panel gaps [if you mean door hood and deck lid etc.]

tHAT IS WHAT I USE AS A GUIDE
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Good info,

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Just to confirm

Is 3/16 before or after paint?

If it's after, what gaps should I set whilst fitting my panels?
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....and what's the best approach

Should I spend time trying to get the new panels fitted with perfect gaps?
Or should I just fit the panels, then spend time addressing the gaps afterwards?
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You really have to look at how the panel moves when it is opened as well. 3/16 is NOT enough on a lot of cars. Look at the front edge of the door to the fender, at the trunk lid to the upper panel and at the rear of the hood to the cowl. Often as the panel is opened that gap CLOSES up do to the hinge design.

Often that gap closes a LOT, so it can be very different car to car.


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Thanks Brian

Yes, I have noticed my panel gaps tighten when the doors are opened


Due to the design of the car (fully opening bonnet and fenders) they tend to have pretty bad gaps once they're being restored

I haven't got any detailed pictures of my car - I'll get some for you tomorrow

In the meantime I'll post what i've got, as well as some examples of what i'm trying to avoid
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This is where I am at the moment
Just about to fit the front wings

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And this is what I'm desperately trying to avoid

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The whole assembly lifts up, which I guess doesn't help matters

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This is the kind of gap I'm aiming for

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I'll add some more detailed pictures of my car tomorrow

The gaps aren't going to be as bad as the pictures I posted previously

I'd guess they vary from 1/4 to 3/8

On that basis, would it be worth just welding the panels in place and then fixing the gaps by tacking a tig rod to the edges?
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Yeah I am thinking that bonnet (I love saying that) needs a pretty good gap. When it swings up the bottom corner is going to go back a little closing the gap. That is if it is a perfect swing, the hinges could actually move it forward depending on the design of the hinge. Just have someone move it up and down and check out the gap real close to see if it closes up.

Very cool car you have there, I love those things.

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