Door alignment question

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  1. Canadian Barton

    Canadian Barton Veteran Member

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    Actually more of a latching question. I have my doors aligned fairly well, just buttoning them up. When I adjust the latch post should it hold the door tight without weather stripping or does the weatherstripping put enough pressure on the door to hold it in place.

    What I guess I'm saying is I am aligning the latch without weather stripping. When I close the door there is about a 1/2" movement in or out. Does the weather stripping make up for this movement or is my latch worn or am I missing something?
     
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    Twisted_Metal Administrator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Weather stripping will take up the slack.
     
  3. Jim Streib

    Jim Streib https://www.flickr.com/photos/121766713@N04/albums

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    On my 74 Spirit of America Nova, I had the issue of the door being able to be pushed in and made it a "pain" trying to sand across the gaps so I wire tied some paint sticks to the inner door and now when the door gets closed I have a solid feeling door with no in and out movement so I can go across the gaps and not drive myself nuts with the door moving.

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    I also used some paint sticks to swipe across the gaps and this seemed to help me getting the panel to panel level right. I just cannot feel the differences like better bodymen probably can.

    Looks like I made a video too of the door action with my rig of paint sticks:

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    Drawing of uneven panel to panel levels and how a paint stick moved left to right from one panel to the other will show an issue:

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    Jim
     
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    COPO Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Why wouldn’t you wait to install the weatherstripping then make the adjustment. I’m sure you’ll be doing it twice if you do it now.
     
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    Some people like to line everything up good,then drill alignment holes,blow the car apart again,then paint it all.Re assembly is easier.
     
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    This is a really good idea Jim. I do have the final sanding to do and was wondering the best route. Thanks for all the detail.!
     
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    Do you have the two rubber door bumpers in place?
     

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