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Username Post: 58 Reassembly        (Topic#354245)
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Age: 49
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12-06-18 06:22 AM - Post#2753602    

After having the old girl apart for the better part of 10 years, I’m finally to the point of actually putting parts back on instead of taking them off. My question is, do I start with the doors, and assemble and align going forward to fenders and hood (I’m assuming this is the best method), or start with the hood alignment to cowl and work back. I’m probably over thinking this like most things I do, but I can see this being a PITA doing it the correct way and nearly impossible and frustrating doing it the wrong way. It’s a 2 door post if that is relevant. As always, any guidance and advice is much appreciated.



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12-06-18 01:47 PM - Post#2753649    
    In response to 58okdelray

You can't move or adjust those quarter panels, so the most obvious way for me was to start with a fixed point and go forward. Start with the doors, then the fenders, finally the hood. I'm still tweaking mine to get the gaps right. I've just about got it except the driver's side door, which has a huge gap at the bottom. I'll get there eventually, it just takes patience.


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12-06-18 02:46 PM - Post#2753653    
    In response to 58okdelray

as fantm2flyr sai,start with the immovable panels and align everything to them working forward.

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12-06-18 08:33 PM - Post#2753693    
    In response to 58okdelray

Grab a handful of paint stirring sticks they make great spacers to set your gaps to. Be sure to put your weatherstrips on when your gaping as well. The door bumpers as well because they affect the adjustment as well. I take a lil extra time and run a tap through all the bolt holes and a wire wheel on the bench grinder to clean up all the bolts. If you are working by yourself it makes it a lot easier so start the bolts especially when your trying to hold the door and start the bolts at the same time.

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Age: 49
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12-07-18 06:14 AM - Post#2753718    
    In response to ragtp66

Thanks guys, I figured starting from the doors and going forward was the most logical progression, but it’s always good to hear from someone who has actually done it. Great idea on the paint stir sticks, Btw.




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