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Old 10-06-2019, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Budget Beetle door repairs

Right now I'm in the middle of a 72 Beetle resto (but its more of a good do up really) and I thought I would make a thread on the drivers door repairs
Of course Im a dope and forgot to take pictures of the door on the car and got as far as cutting the door skin before I remembered to take any pictures
Anyway the skin isn't too bad but the frame has problems
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And off with the bottom of the door frame
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I ordered door repair panels from gsf
The bill came to 60 inner + outer both doors
The outer skin repair panels are made by klokkerholm, there a bit crap, but they are superior to the inner door frame panels that came in the order from gsf and had different manufacturers stickers on them
I had to fanny around with the passenger one a lot to get it to fit
Here's a picture of how well the drivers side repair panel is going to fit
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Reshaping to fit
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I think that inner frame you used possibly fitted better than the klokkerholm one i used.
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Thanks for that. I have the same job ahead of me. I have bought the more expensive red panels although I anticipate the fit to be still crap, just the metal to be thicker. I see you kept the original stiffner at the hinge. Thats interesting, I never thought of that. The panel comes with the stiffner fitted. I guess its easier to leave it in place, and derust it, if its not rotten. Avoids messing with door alignment. I will have to replace the hinges on the drivers side as the pins are badly worn, but I have a door off a LHD car that can supply them, so that fixes that problem.
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Using the hinges off a LHD door should mean they're hopefully less worn then. I replaced the pins with one size oversize but i should have gone 2 sizes over as the lower one is still a little loose.
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I've had to mess with those door frame repair panels quite a lot to get them something like
The passenger door one had to be beaten flat and then I reshaped it around a length of angle iron for the bottom of the skin to attach to and still leave a neat channel for the door seal to fit
So I've tacked the frame repair piece on
Reshaped it so it will meet with the skin and tried the door on to see how it looks in relation to the car
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And off course the door doesn't fit now
You can see the masking tape doesn't line up
I really don't like to see a car that people have done and they don't take the time to make the panel lines fit straight
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Time to get serious with the door gaps
I should point out at this stage I think that at some time in the past the car has had a hit on the B post
I found some proper clagg in the roof skin and the upper part of the B post
I think it may have had a pull on the gutter so it will never be perfect
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