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door install

PostPost by: street » Wed Aug 17, 2022 1:54 am

Im about to remove my doors as part of body removal, with carpet pulled away i can see two poor quality blocks of wood with bolts from door hinges, obviously doesn't look factory, anyone have any pictures , as google is a bit sparse here
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PostPost by: Donels » Wed Aug 17, 2022 9:26 am

There shouldn’t be any blocks of wood. The bolts are secure in the hinges and go through two bobbins per hinge in the body. The holes in the bobbins are oversize to allow the door position to be adjusted and there are oversize washers and nuts to clamp the hinge on the inside. Between the hinge and the body should be some u-shaped spacers to pack the door out to line up with the body.
The blocks of wood may be to replace missing spacers. Spacers often come up on eBay and are available from SJS Sportscars.
Instead of oversize washers for clamping I made some thicker twin washers that go over both hinge bolts and provide much better clamping. Picture attached but not very clear I’m afraid.

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PostPost by: street » Wed Aug 17, 2022 9:52 am

I have attached images of my door connection, does not look good
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PostPost by: Donels » Wed Aug 17, 2022 12:15 pm

Hmm, I can’t see why you would want wood there unless the bobbins are missing and they’re clamping straight to glass fibre. Like you say, not good. Let’s see what it looks like when you take the doors off. :shock:
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