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door alignment on 53 #997700 Wed Jan 08 2014 01:54 AM
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Doing a complete resto on a 53 3100 and have rebuilt the door hinges with new pins and oversized bushing and installed new rubber. I have the door aligned pretty good with the gap and belt moulding but now it won't close. I have adjusted the striker plate out as far as possible and the hinges out but the door needs another Inch to close properly at the rear of the door. I can see it make contact with the rubber strip across the floor on the front of the door. The doors used to close before i painted them. Any ideas, Please.

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Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: basham] #997703 Wed Jan 08 2014 01:57 AM
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Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: DADS50] #997710 Wed Jan 08 2014 02:26 AM
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no, but the latches are not the problem yet. The door won't close enough to engage the striker and the striker is all the way out to the edge. I can force the door to almost close but should not have to do it. Both doors are the same.

Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: basham] #997716 Wed Jan 08 2014 02:57 AM
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Great link Dad.
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Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: basham] #997741 Wed Jan 08 2014 04:13 AM
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basham, are you sure the weather stripping is on correct? I just have to ask.


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Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: Achipmunk] #997952 Thu Jan 09 2014 01:11 AM
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As best i can tell. I looked at pics on this site and the short side goes toward the door and that's what i did. Maybe i can take a pic and post it.

Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: basham] #997955 Thu Jan 09 2014 01:27 AM
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If it's not on correct it'll hold the door open and make it difficult to close. I'll see if I can find a video I watched a while back about installing the door weatherstrip. If I can find it I'll post the link. Here you go.

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Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: basham] #997958 Thu Jan 09 2014 01:37 AM
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basham,

Alan Horvath shows the door weatherstrip installation on his website. He shows a Steele Rubber drawing for the orientation of the weatherstrip. It sounds like you have it on right.



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Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: basham] #997971 Thu Jan 09 2014 02:21 AM
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.... and I think JimCarter has a pic of it on his site. Here is how I have mine on and from all I could learn it is correct.

http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r19/LutherParris/52Panel/000_0216.jpg

basham, let us know what you find out. It'll save a lot of us from learning the hard way!!


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Re: door alignment on 53 [Re: basham] #997987 Thu Jan 09 2014 03:34 AM
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Is it binding real tight at the hinge side of the door? If so, you may need to loosen the hinge bolts on the pillar and move the door outward to relieve the bind. The book calls for the door to be flush to 1/16" out. It also calls for 1/8" minimum gap between door edge and cowl edge. This would also relieve the bind. Aren't doors fun?
Carl

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