Coupe Door Alignment?

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Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby hella 325 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 6:41 pm

I replaced both my doors recently, the new passenger door lined up fairly well outa the bag, but the drivers door makes sever contact with the front fender. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this. I have played with the hinges but cant seem to get it to want to clear the fender.
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby M20_fever » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:09 pm

have you tried adjusting the fender? How does the door line up at the rear?
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby hella 325 » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:12 am

It really feels like the door is too long, i'm taking the fender off tomorrow so i can adjust the hinges with the door more closed. The rear is too low now, but when it was lined up it was just as bad against the fender... At least its not the 73 challenger doors.... man were those a bitch to line up.


I was hoping there was a trick or something that someone could tell me to make this a easier job. lol I guess it's kinda like lining up any door... time frustration.... and determination will be the main tools used...
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby Rick » Sat Dec 17, 2011 2:17 am

Measure the rear gaps and see if they are the same on both sides. If not the the fender can be tweaked forward. If I remember right the fender has adjustment can be moved because their bolt holes on the hood interface area are on the large side. The bottom rocker area of the fender however is fixed IIRC...
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby M20_fever » Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:31 am

first off, pull an overall on the door and the opening, will the door fit in the opening you have length wise? If the door is smaller than the opening (should be) take the difference of door length to opening length and divide by 2. So if the opening is 44" long, and the door is 43" long then the difference is 1"/2 = .5" which will be the ideal gap needed to get the door perfectly aligned.

If the opening is two small you can loosen and slide the front fender forward to open the gap more, but the hood and other quarter will have to be adjusted as well. The fenders have quite a bit of adjustment front to back so you should be able to get it dialed in.
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby hella 325 » Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:20 pm

Well i got it lined up, It appears this door its self has been tweaked in the past. Had trouble with front gap, bottom corner gap, and at the top of the a pillar where the window frame starts going down the a frame(i could see light inside the car). LOL It took 7 different size hammers, 3 plastic wedges, 3 metal wedges, several screwdrivers, a floor jack, about 3 hours, and some good ole fashioned elbow grease to get this puppy lined up correctly. But they are both shutting and opening like new now =) yay!
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby M20_fever » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:07 pm

Well done! It can be a real pain, I still need to properly align my hood and trunk.
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby hella 325 » Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:50 pm

both doors could use just a little more finesse to visually align them. But the both open and close like new, previously the drivers door catch was broken, so i had to hold the door open with my foot, a real pain in the ass!
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby M20_fever » Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:46 pm

I bet, lol. Reminds me of the movie Evolution when he has to hold his driver door closed whole he's driving. :)
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Re: Coupe Door Alignment?

Postby hella 325 » Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:34 am

LOL i love that movie!
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