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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-16-2004, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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hard door sheet metal repair

Question on hard doors, just got done doing my 86 cj7 over with a wrangler tub, new fenders, fiberglass hood and had it shot with Dupont Imron paint. I just remembered that my factory hard doors were dented and rotting a bit and winter is coming. The jeep will never see a northeast winter but I need to have decent doors for this thing since it looks good.

Should I just junk the old doors and look for used? Do aftermarket door shells exist ( I know Collins Bros. have NOS shells but to much with shipping cost to NY)? Or do they make door skins that can be installed on my OE frame?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: hard door sheet metal repair

you can actually buy new steel doors through someone like Quadratec or 4 Wheel Drive but they will cost around 2k for a pair, rather expensive, but brand new, or take your old ones to a body shop (unless you can do it yourself) and have the old ones fixed up, or look for a pair of used ones, I see them quite frequently on Jeep Ads.com or some of the other for sale boards like Pirate 4x4, Jeeps Unlimited, Rockcrawler.com, etc. It just depends on how much you want to spend.
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Re: hard door sheet metal repair

Ebay is another source but you never know what you’re going to get when described as “Good condition”.

If you don’t mind loosing the roll-up windows, half doors are another choice. There are hard and soft uppers available to fit the hard top and the soft top, with plastic zipper windows or glass sliding windows.
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Re: hard door sheet metal repair

1. Aftermarket door skins,
2. Do NOT exist...
3. Nor are they available OEM.
4. But you've got some choices: <ul type="square">[*]Repair the skin[*]Replace the whole skin[*]Replace the door with Fiberglass or Metal full/half doors.[/list]5. Simple patching is straight forward.
6. Or you can drill out the skin spot welds to the door frame,
6. Remove the skin,
7. And fab a new skin.
8. It's only two 90* bends,
9. But you'd loose the indentations...
10. I made my sins outta 16 ga metal.
11. It couldn't be bent ( Heck the doors can hardly be lifted! ).
12. But it could be tack welded...
13. Someday I'll redo it with 19 or 20 ga material.
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