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Another puzzlement. Elite wing to door fit.

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I have had the car a month and just noticed that the front wings on both sides of the car do not seem to line up correctly.

 

The gaps between door and wing are good but the wings only line horizontally up to the body moulding Above this line both wings protude outwards about 1/8" more than the door.

The top of the door, (not the frame), seems to have a tight fit to the body on both sides. There is play in the hinge on the O/S not on the N/S.

 

I am puzzled any ideas what is wrong here?

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Could be rusty door beams twisting ?

Is this a common fault?

 

I have not fully investigated the method of fixing the doors to the shell.

 

Is it, fix the hinge and beam to the body, fix the door to the beam?

 

I was also wondering if the doors have been off at sometime has someone not fitted them correctly is there any adjustment?

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Is this a common fault?

 

I have not fully investigated the method of fixing the doors to the shell.

 

Is it, fix the hinge and beam to the body, fix the door to the beam?

 

I was also wondering if the doors have been off at sometime has someone not fitted them correctly is there any adjustment?

Doubt it's a twisted beam, those things are solid.

 

You can fit door to beam either on or off the car.

 

There is some adjustment door to beam

 

Can you post a picture.(s)

 

Both sides the same?

 

my 1st guess, unless it's body damage that's been bodge-repaired, is that it's just an adjustment thing.

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I have been looking at the RD enterprises website where they have an online parts catalogue

This was mainly to see how the door was hung and in doing so I do think I may have spotted the problem.

 

There are spacers shown between the hinge and the body at the top hinge obviously to adjust the fit.

Guess what guys? no spacers are fitted on either side of my car!

Some drippy DPO or DPM has left them out effectively making the door too low in the recess.

 

It was either on the RD enterprises site or in the Workshop manual that it stated that they can be fitted as single or multiple in different thickness to arrive at the correct door to wing level. Maybe the door rubbers will have to be changed as it appears that they are crushed out of shape after many years.

 

Pretty obvious really, a hand built fibreglass car would mean no two cars are going to be identical like a modern car made on a robotic production line so spacers must be used for adjustment.

 

Has anyone a pattern of a spacer that they could email? It would help enormously.

From what I can see it is a square or oblong plate with slots.

I am sure that I could make something up but a guide would be a good start.

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Adrian,

 

PM me your address and i'll pop one in the post to you if you still need one.

 

John

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Adrian,

 

PM me your address and i'll pop one in the post to you if you still need one.

 

John

Star quality PM sent

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Adrian, 

There on  the way.

John

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Thanks to the Nut I am now in possesion of two shims.

Fabrication can now proceed.

It will not be for a couple of weeks as I have more pressing things to deal with.

 

This how Forums should be in word and deed.

 

Well done John.

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