Door wont sit flush!!!

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  1. Trashman

    Trashman New Member

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    I reskinned my door and I cant for the life of me get this door to sit flush with with the quarters. Door latches and I can push it in flush but it just returns. Also the top of the door is lined up but the gap is like 1/2 at the rear:screwup: maybe I skinned it wrong? What you guys think, bad latch?
     
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    Red70Camaro Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Have you tried moving the door striker in? Those can be adjusted to move the door in or out.
    Maybe the door just needs adjusted to fix the 1/2 gap? Is the fender to door gap and the door to rocker gap good?
     
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    76_TypeLT Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yeah, please take some pics of ALL the gaps so we can see. Then we can try and figure it out.
     
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    ^^this.
     
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    New weatherstip?

    How did the old door fit?
     
  6. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

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    #1 - Did the old door fit good? Did you test fit the door prior to installing the skin?

    #2 - if the door did fit good did you drill some 1/8" holes in the hinges to mark the position of the door before removing. That would be a good starting point after putting the door back on.

    #3 - Did you use new or rebuilt hinges before or after skinning the doors?

    #4 - Have you skinned a door before, what tools did you use?

    #5 - those skins aren't going to be "perfect" after you installed, your going to have some variances in gaps after putting them on. Do not expect them to be like a brand new door and it's going to bolt on with no issues.

    In some ways your opening a whole new can of worms by doing a re-skin. Expect to have weird gaps that are going to need grinding or metal added to for a perfect fit.

    All you could do is make sure the door fit great prior to the skinning and hope for the best...door alignment isn't a fun thing to do :mad:
     
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    Ill get some pics this weekend. Door did shut fine before. Rebuilt the hinges while the door was off. weather stripping is off a parts car, This is the 2nd door I reskinned. Did the passenger and it looks great. I used some great instructions provided by a member of this forum in the project progress section. They are "New" re pop door skins that I removed from a parts car, but i dont think that would matter as I was careful.
     

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