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Username Post: how to adjust/get doors to shut properly?        (Topic#356361)
joey14004 
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Reg: 05-10-19
05-10-19 07:13 AM - Post#2766087    

Hello all! I am having trouble getting my passenger door on my 55 nomad to close correctly. I have tried several times loosening and then lifting up on door and re tightening 6 hinge screws on hinges but the door still is roughly 1/2" lower on handle side and will not shut without me lifting up on door handle to align to close correctly, and once I open door it drops down again... any help or advice would be appreciatted



 
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WagonMan 
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05-10-19 11:28 AM - Post#2766109    
    In response to joey14004

Any chance the hinges have worn pivot pins or are maybe bent?

Charles

57 210 4dr. Wagon(bought '82)
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wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
05-12-19 08:08 PM - Post#2766263    
    In response to WagonMan

As Charles suggested, you may have worn hinge pins or bent hinges. Open the door about half way and pick up on the back end. The vehicle should move up with the door almost immediately. If the door moves a lot before the body moves, the hinge pins are worn. If the body moves with the door right away, it is possible the hinges are bent.

What you should do when you adjust the door is not to loosen all of the bolts on both hinges at once. First check the height of the door at the front near the windshield post and fender. If the height of the front of the door is okay, you can go ahead and try to adjust the drop at the rear. Loosen all of the bolts on the top hinge and two of the three on the bottom hinge. This will keep the height the same, but allow the door to pivot. Raise the rear of the door up (a jack with a 2 x 4 wrapped with a towel put under the door shell will help make this a one person job), and then tighten the bolts. If the door is still low, repeat the procedure but loosen all of the lower hinge bolts and two of the top hinge bolts. Both times check to see if the door moved on the hinges. The top should move forward and the bottom rearward. If the door has moved in the direction it should, the rear of the door should be raised. If it hasn’t raised up or not enough, the hinges are probably bent. If it does raise up enough, you may need to fine tune the adjustment to make the door to fender and door to quarter gaps even and consistent.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
TR56210 
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Reg: 10-28-18
05-13-19 09:05 PM - Post#2766334    
    In response to wagonman100

How did we do this....remove passenger door panel. Close door, tighten hinge screws at door. Open n close checking for fit. Man that sounds overly simple, I held door in place from outside while friend tightened bolts from inside.



 
wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
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05-14-19 08:26 PM - Post#2766418    
    In response to TR56210

You lucked out that it worked that easily.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
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