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|the trunk/quarters were not supposed to get water though, i understand the window area drains(as long as dirt doesnt clog the drain area). |
spent hours upon hours to get the door gaps perfect... uhg...
I could slightly push the top back just a couple thousands... I got it this close and was like finally.
This job is a fight. These doors didnt come from this car and I welded new rockers. I learned you should do this before you paint the doors
You should have everything aligned and marked/pinned. I knew it, just didnt do it
Edited by mikes2nd 2019-07-01 12:59 AM
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|by the way holy hell is door gap horrible on 50's cars.. Went to a car show, the Chevys i can put my hand in those door gaps. |
I saw one 57 on barret jackson the darn trunk had a half inch gap! still sold for 52k!
Location: northern germany
|You should have seen my 60, early production, 1rst year for unibody! Unfortunately for some reason, when I was a teenager, I wanted to put it back together just like it came from the factory. Over the years I have been slowly removing my mistakes, still do. Of course this is lots of work after painting, as most parts just don't fit without modification. |
Location: DFW, TX
|Don't sweat it too much, Mike. It's going to look great. |
When I found it, my Chrysler had huge gaps at the bottoms of the doors - about 5/8" on the drivers side with the door shut, and 1/2" on the pass side.
And the wear marks, door/quarter glass alignment, and weatherstrip indicated it had pretty much always been that way. Crazy!
I worked it over HARD to get them to line up better, but even with a lot of massaging to get them close, there is still a noticeable (to me!) gap at the
bottom of each door. I spent hours carefully slotting the door hinge holes and striker holes to allow for extra adjustment range, and slightly reshaped
the upper edge of both strikers to allow the doors to properly latch when the door was in position. I stopped adjusting when it became apparent there
was a mismatch in the contour of the quarter panel to the contour of the door skin itself. I aligned the doors so the trim lines up straight and
everything else around it is kinda wonky - but it's not going to get any better without significant cutting and welding.
The car gets compliments on how "straight" it is, so it's pretty close. If I was going to build the car for display under bright lights it would be worth it to
go that extra (hundred) miles to get perfect paint stick gaps.... but this is a real car. Fortunately the car is black, so uneven gaps aren't as
noticeable on it as on, say, a light pastel color...
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other side perfect now, had to shim the front hinges at the firewall. test fitting fenders to make sure the rockers are good. I will also put the fenders on to guide coat the lower fenders(they twist on) so you cant get a good idea off the car that they are "flat" or not. Ill wet check them also.
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|test fit hood|
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|heater clean up... |
i have one heater box with the model 705 upside down... weird...
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Location: So. California
|That is odd. Never seen that before. |
Edit: Actually, that is right side up. You're just looking at it wrong.
Edited by Powerflite 2019-07-13 12:26 AM
Location: Ontario, Canada
|I've seen an number of them upside down especially the A/C ones. |
|wait left hand drive? I am repairing this one a bit, its nice except it had a crack in the front. I bet these have asbestos in them?|
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|Wet checking fenders before i paint... and the booth is up again... |
This is the temporary booth i put up to paint the smaller things.
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