BUILD THREAD Project Olds Cool (Updated 1/2/19)

old80cs

old80cs

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Wow.......that looks great, Donovan, nice straight panels and uniform gaps. Really nice work!
 
Rktpwrd

Rktpwrd

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I know what it's like to make those doors fit and I must say it looks freekin good! Did you have to twist the shells at all? I tend to use a bundle of rags raped up tightly in the jam and some stedy pressure rather than the old school block of wood or dolly on edged parts. It seems to save me a lot of time with no scratches.
No, the shell of this door was actually remarkably good and straight. It does have just the slightest hint of a twist to it, the lower rear corner sits in about a 1/16” or so to the rocker but nothing that will be noticeable once the rocker trim goes on.

I’m intrigued by your method, I have run into slight twists in G body doors before but have never had much luck in fixing it. How successful have you been in doing this? I’m concerned that if I try it with this door at this point I could end up doing more damage than good. If it works quite well then I may try it on the driver’s door or the next time I come across it.

As for setting the gaps and aligning the panels, Mike and I have gotten pretty good at it. We think very much alike, are similarly picky, and usually anticipate what the other is thinking. This all works extremely well for getting things to cooperate the way we want them to. There were only two nights that went into bolting up the door and fender and aligning everything, probably only about 4-5 hours in all.

Thanks for the compliment on the panels and for the tip on correcting twist. I really appreciate it.
 
Clutch

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No, the shell of this door was actually remarkably good and straight. It does have just the slightest hint of a twist to it, the lower rear corner sits in about a 1/16” or so to the rocker but nothing that will be noticeable once the rocker trim goes on.

I’m intrigued by your method, I have run into slight twists in G body doors before but have never had much luck in fixing it. How successful have you been in doing this? I’m concerned that if I try it with this door at this point I could end up doing more damage than good. If it works quite well then I may try it on the driver’s door or the next time I come across it.

As for setting the gaps and aligning the panels, Mike and I have gotten pretty good at it. We think very much alike, are similarly picky, and usually anticipate what the other is thinking. This all works extremely well for getting things to cooperate the way we want them to. There were only two nights that went into bolting up the door and fender and aligning everything, probably only about 4-5 hours in all.

Thanks for the compliment on the panels and for the tip on correcting twist. I really appreciate it.
I hang a lot of doors. Well all panels in general at work and my rag technique I would say is about 99% successful. It's something I picked up when I was a flat rate butcher lol the trick is to keep the rags raped tight! I lay one on a clean surface and ball up the other on top of it than tie the bottom one around them said tight as I can. It works for almost any hinged part. If I do one this week I'll try to snap a picture for you
 
Rktpwrd

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If I do one this week I'll try to snap a picture for you
Thanks Eric, I’d appreciate that. I’m interested to see where exactly you place them in the jamb and in relation to the door to get the maximum effectiveness.
 
Clutch

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Thanks Eric, I’d appreciate that. I’m interested to see where exactly you place them in the jamb and in relation to the door to get the maximum effectiveness.
That depends on how bad the door is. are high-volume shop has a revolving door for so-called body man that can't pull it off and often I'm left hanging painted doors that someone else skinned that weren't fit things like that I guess you could say I'm The bag Man. I've had some pretty miraculous make it work scenarios come out okay. If it seems a Piller is in at a hinge I'll close it in the hinge. If I'm say good ...at the A and it's way out at the top of the B it goes in the bottom corner when I close the door but I always put it where there's meat on the chell so the hole panel twists not just the edge. It's a pretty simple theory. So far this week I've done 6 cars but they were all front or rear impacts so I haven't been able to use my trick and get a pic for you.
 
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