Last weekend I went doorless on my 88.5 Hdtp. I used about 25 cutoff disks for my Dremel tool and lots of banging with hammers and managed to gget it all done as per instructions I read someplace on the 'net.
My first question is about doing something similar to the rear door. Has anyone done this to their rear door? The hinges are reversed, i.e. the side with the upper and lower parts is on the door instead of the truck body (see attached photo). It appears to me that if cut off the LOWER portion of the hinge on the door, that I could then lift the rear door off the hinges?
I would have to do something about the rear defroster wire and speaker wires I have going to the rear door, plus the little door closer shock, but that wouldn't be too hard.
Anyone know if this works? What I mean is, will the door stay put?
While we are on the topic, I need to figure out what to do about the mirrors. I know I have seen little pieces of aluminum being sold that bolt over the front door hinges and have three holes drilled for the stock mirrors, but I have also read how hard it is to get those hinge screws loose. Knowing me I will make a huge hole in the side of the truck trying to get them out and they will strip or break off anyway.
It appears that I could just move the mirrors to the little space directly in front of the hinges, drilling three holes for some screws. Is there any reason this isn't a good idea? Can you see the mirror down there when the doors are on? It even seems that the Zuk on this page:
had it done this way before they decided to bolt on the aluminum brackets.
Any wisdom on this topic is welcome.