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Old 06-20-2013, 08:50 PM
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After many long hours and lots of sweat trying to get the correct allignment on my '59 driver's door, and before attacking the passenger's door, I thought I'd check and see if anyone has a simple way of getting the door right. I haven't any info on what the factory settings were so if you know please share it as well. I have used many of my swear words on these but have an ample supply, so I dont need yours. (smile). Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:45 PM
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I only know the "trial-and-error" method....plus lots of swearing. It gets the job done, but isnt real enjoyable.

Good question.

I hope someone on this board will have some magic they can share.
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The guys on the assembly line really make this look easy because they do 500 per shift.

I guess it's like anything else Michael Jordan makes shooting hoops look easy too. Now, you try it.

Most of these doors are set while they are bare, with nothing inside. Add glass, trim panels, chrome, and all the electrics, and the door becomes really heavy. So heavy, the pillars move.

Trial and error, the right wrench pressure and a wooden wedge are tools you need. You want to make the door move but with effort. When it's where you want it to be, tighten all the bolts. Leaving it sloppy-loose while positioning won't help you.

Sorry I couldn't help more but door alignment is really a learned talent. - Dave
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For any of you that have done a nice door alignment, show quality, did you have to pull the hinges and install new bushings. Before many hours of frustrating work and lord knows how many swear words, it seems it may be worth the investment to rebush the hinges. Any thoughts?
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Good suggestion Nyles, I agree. Hinge bushings are sintered oilite bronze which means they are porous and carbon impregnated. They hold oil in the pores and the carbon is a natural lubricant. It's one of the easiest things to lube but most hinges get sorely neglected.

Rebushing is a job much easier done while the hinge is on your bench, not after it fails with a heavy door hanging on it.
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For any of you that have done a nice door alignment, show quality, did you have to pull the hinges and install new bushings. Before many hours of frustrating work and lord knows how many swear words, it seems it may be worth the investment to rebush the hinges. Any thoughts?
Are the hinges bad? Can you lift the rear of the door up (partially opened) and see movement at the hinges? Or does the door drop when opened? Excessive wear on the striker plate?

Many variables including integrity of the hinge and latch pillar and all hardware. Weatherstripping(s) good? Hopefully no body sag.

And then the door glass usually has to be adjusted afterwards. It can drive you crazy.
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