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Old 05-24-2009, 01:57 AM
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IM THINKING OF PUTTING suicide DOORS ON MY 1953 CHEVY 210
JUST NOT SURE HOW TO DO IT AND I ONLY WANT TO DO THEM ON THE BACK DOORS ANY INFO WOULD HELP
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jc whitney might have something
how bout changing the door post out with a towncar 68? (like the one used on the tv show green achers) the just weld in some hinges on the other side. of course u will have to shave the door handles and chop the roof on that ,then add a candy red paint job and white tuck and roll interior, fuzzy dice on the mirror and a white fur rug on the rear windowsill
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I have to tell you, done it, and it is way more than you would think. Chopping the top is a piece of cake compared.

If you have the rear doors open in reverse, ALL the weight of those doors will be on a pair of hinges mounted very close together with a lot of leverage pulling down on them when the door is opened. Some serious strengthening of the door and the quarter will be needed to mount the hinges. And of course some good strong hinges must be used.

Can it be done, hell yes, but it is a ton of work that is only appreciated when the doors are open!

Think about it long and hard before you jump into that one.

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Suicide Doors

Brian is correct. It is a big job. I put suicide hinges on a '59 Cadillac Sedan. It looks awesome, but there is a lot of work to do. I bought my hinges from:

streetdreamsbyross

I worked with him on a Saturday installing the hinges on the passenger side. I then did the drivers side on my own. The C-pillar now has a completely different shape with angle iron running back to the wheel well for reinforcement. I can send you some pictures if you like. I am a long way from being done but get excited every time I open the doors up.

Good luck.
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check out rodplans.com they sell some good plans might help
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CAPTA1N yes please send me some pics
not sure if im going to do it just yet but im
thinking about i just don't know if my wife will
like it she likes the car the way it is it might
not look like it but i have to much money in it now
for the thing to go south now
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I do know one thing, I highly recommend doing the rest of the work needed on the car BEFORE you tackle something like this.

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thats what i was thinking but its nice to
get all the info you can before you start on
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You need to look at how the door swings, many of the cars with panels like that have the inner door panel and door jamb shaped differently on the hinge end than they do on the latch end. Many times the leading edge of the hinged end of the door swings into the body, so you need to buy or fabricate a hinge that will allow the door to swing out past the body, or modify the doorjamb to allow the door edge to swing in. Look at the front door, you will want the back door to have the same look when they are both open, (you don't want the rear door to swing out past the body of the front door swings into the body....)
I have reversed position of the stock hinges (put the front mounted left hinges on the right door rear), and made up the hinge pockets in what was originally the door jamb where the latch was located , where the door swings out past the body, so it was easy to design the installation...

It is a ton of work no matter what. Brian is right too, the hinges will wind up being close together, so additional reinforcement may be needed inside the door, and behind the jamb, so things work without ripping the hinges out.

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