Do you need new door shells or skins for your restoration?
One of the most common places to find body damage in old cars is their door shells. That's because old classic cars are often kept in the garage, and the previous owners always need to get in and out. The more times that happens, the higher the chance there is for their body panels to get dings or dents in them. Plus, there is also a pretty good chance that boxes, tools, or other vehicles can cause body damage to a sitting vintage automobile. When it comes time to restore a classic car or truck, the first thing anyone needs to do is look at the condition of the sheet metal. The car's body is the first thing that anyone looking at it will notice, so a damaged door shell or door skin will be more than an eyesore... it will be a travesty. You certainly won't get any awards at car shows, and you will run the risk of losing the respect of all your pals at Cruiser's on Friday night.
Have cars and trucks always had door shells?
Sure, the earliest cars made at the end of the 19th century had bodies made of wood. Most of them also didn't have doors. The driver and passenger just had to step up on a running board and hop into the cab. Cars only traveled 5 to 10 miles per hour anyway, so it wasn't that dangerous to be exposed to the outside. But after a few years, coach builders were putting rear seats in cars, and adding roofs for extra protection and privacy. This prompted the inclusion of door shells, and by the 1920s more cars had them than didn't. Up until recently, the only vehicle that didn't have a steel door was the Jeep CJ or Wrangler. Over the last 100 years, there have been some really funky doors on cars.
How to do it yourself.
Installing a replacement door shell or door skin does not have to be a monumental task. It requires a bit of patience and precision, but can be done in about an hour or so.
First, you have to remove the door panel, door handles, locks, latches, and window regulator from your existing door. If your mirror is mounted on the door, remove that too.
Next, support the door shell using jack stands and pop out the hinge pins and bushings. This will release the door from the chassis.
Now, unbolt the hinges from the old door shell and fasten them to the new one.
Finally, attach the new door by replacing the hinge pins and bushings.
Your new door is ready for primer and paint. After that is done, re-install all the other ancillary components mentioned in step 1.
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