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Username Post: 1953 Bel Air door alignment        (Topic#358033)
Hillbilly’s 
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09-12-19 07:54 PM - Post#2775425    

I am starting a rebuild on a 53 Bel Air the car has tons of rust in it and I will be replacing most of the floor boards before I do the door gaps are horrible they are kicked out at the bottom about 1/4 inch higher than the quarter panel and all the body lines are low even with the bottom adjustment all the way back and the top hinge forward so far the door contacts the hinge when closed when I measure the door top and bottom it is 46” when I measure the opening from the cowl by the lower Phillips screw on the top hinge to the quarter panel it measures 45 3/4” when I measure the bottom just above the lower hinge to the quarter panel it is 45 15/16” so I am thinking the A pillar has shifted forward about 5/16 which would make a huge different in adjusting the doors does anybody have the factory dimensions for the door openings or maybe measure their car and let me know what they
Thanks



 


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09-12-19 08:26 PM - Post#2775430    
    In response to Hillbilly’s

What body style is it?

John

Just Slightly Abrasive


 
Dean50 
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09-13-19 04:32 AM - Post#2775442    
    In response to Hillbilly’s

Welcome to CT
Chevy Restopacks are available free from GM.
Many specs are included here. Check page 11:

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/53...

Dean50



 
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09-13-19 05:41 AM - Post#2775445    
    In response to 40grit

2 door post



 
Hillbilly’s 
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09-13-19 05:51 AM - Post#2775446    
    In response to Dean50

What a great reference tool thank you



 
2blu52 
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09-13-19 06:27 AM - Post#2775447    
    In response to Dean50

  • Dean50 Said:
Welcome to CT
Chevy Restopacks are available free from GM.
Many specs are included here. Check page 11:

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/chevyresto/53...


I have two of them, one copy for the shop the other for the desk. Used mine often.

"PEACE IS THAT GLORIUS MOMENT IN HISTORY WHEN EVERY ONE STANDS AROUND RELOADING"

THOMAS JEFFERSON


 
40grit 
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09-13-19 09:51 AM - Post#2775457    
    In response to 2blu52

I don't have measurements for you but if your doors have not been removed, I would not take them off until after your floor pans and rockers are repaired. You can shim the body to get all the door gaps correct. Especially at the roof and B pillar as well as the A pillar in front of the vent window. Also, make sure the A pillar gap is even looking at the gap between the door and the A pillar. If those gaps are correct the west will fall in place.

This worked out well with my convertible. The fender gap and lower gap at the rocker panel can be set as you go provided the other three are correct.

Good luck with it. It is a big job but will be very satisfying if you see it through.

John

Just Slightly Abrasive


 
Dean50 
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09-13-19 12:13 PM - Post#2775465    
    In response to Hillbilly’s

Keith Hardy has put together many valuable manuals and such on the website TOCMP - The Old Car Manual Project. Also use the 49-53 Shop Manual there until you pick one up.

http://chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com/shop/1949_53/...

Dean50



 


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