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door alingment

Is there an easy way to align the doors on the gt so that the gap between the door and the body is the same (or close) all the way around and the door is even with the body?I have move the door around using the door pillar bolts and the four that go into the door but can't get it to align up properly.
 

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My '72 has issues with the tops of the doors rubbing the edge of the roof. Before painting this needs to be corrected. Senior members can you help?
 

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There's a little rubber bumper at the top of the door to prevent this, if yours is rubbing metal to metal, then the bumper is missing.
 

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In some instances, you need to bend the door manually. The bodyshop folks can do it for you. I believe they also had to shave some of the metal on the top of my door.
 

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Yep, I had the bumpers, thought maybe thay were worn, replaced them and still have rubbing. I'll consider grinding off a 1/4" of the door top.
 

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oldroadiedog said:
Yep, I had the bumpers, thought maybe thay were worn, replaced them and still have rubbing. I'll consider grinding off a 1/4" of the door top.
I would only consider grinding as a last resort. If the lower part of the door aligns correctly. (Even with the body and the seam is even all around) Try lowering the window and bending the top window frame out slightly. You can use a wooden wedge at the top where it is hitting and push on the door to bend the top of the frame out. Also watch out if the hitting was not caused by rust in the rocker area causing the car to sag.

My '73 GT had a 1/2" gap at the top from a combination of a loose hinge and someone moving the car by pushing on the door. Set the hinge and bent the top back and it aligns now.

George - Try getting it roughly aligned by slightly tightening the hinge-to-body bolts and getting it roughly aligned (in, out). Then do the same with the hinge-to-door bolts (up, down). It's not an easy task due to the weight of the doors.

A good tip is to scribe a line around the hinge mounting before removing the door. Anyone else have ideas/tips for door alignment?
 

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To align mine, I loosely bolted the door on, then got inside. My dad closed the door to where it fit perfectly, then i tightened all the bolts I could reach as tight as possible, opened the door and finished, then tested it. Worked great for me.

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Has anyone replaced the door hinge pins?? the hinge pins on my drivers door are worn and i need to replace them.... ive doen it it on a chevy truck and it was easy.... i just wonder if the pins and bushings are available... any one done it??? whats the best way??? where did you get the parts??
 

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door alingment

I'll try tightening the hinges from the inside.That sounds like it should work if I can get to the bolts when the door is closed.I don't bend as good as I used to and there is not much room in there.thanks
 

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gt doors

gt doors are a problem??
not many gt have perfekt doors,these was a problem from the start of the gt?
I also had the same problem,the pins to turn the hinges have a small weldingpoint to fix them
In some cases,the welding cracks(no grease inside)and the pins
can move a little,problem=heavy doors,they hang off a little bit
to fit the doors nice to the body,I had to use wooden wedges
and a few hours off patience,but it worked
upper door frame is verry easy to bend over so don't overdo it
good luck
 

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door alingment

What I am having trouble with is the lower half of the door toward the window not alinging with the body in the front.
 
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