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Old October 24th, 2014, 06:47 PM   #1
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We'll I put new inner rear fender wells in the bug. Before I did my doors fit pretty good. They weren't perfect, but...
Anyway, something went wrong and now ther won't close. Any ideas on how to get them to fit better.
I tried jacking the shell up on the a-pillar area and while it did something, it wasn't good enough.
Just looking for ideas and trying to avoid cutting the wells out and redoing them.
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Old October 25th, 2014, 11:02 AM   #2
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My buddy at his auto restoration has used thin oak wedges and then 'closed' the door, or at least thumped on it to open up the gap. A little at a time works best.
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Old October 25th, 2014, 05:07 PM   #3
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Body wasn't bolted to the pan ?
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Old October 25th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #4
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Fixed it today. Thanks

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Old October 26th, 2014, 05:46 PM   #5
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Figured I'd throw up a few pics see'n I hadn't done it in a while
This is the wheel well welded in with the bead re done.
I cut out the old ones out and raised the new ones up 2" so I can fit my tires.

This is the before shot


Shot of the front. Still got to get brakes and a few more bits to tie it all together. Once brakes get here it'll be the first time in about 7-8 years it rolled on it's own wheels.

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Old October 26th, 2014, 07:54 PM   #6
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Looks Great!
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Old October 27th, 2014, 01:55 PM   #7
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Lookin good

About a year ago (could have been 6 months, or 2 years ago ) there was an article about adjusting/fixing doors, even tho you fixed it I'll try to give a quick description about it

This is on a full bodied Bug, I know most VolksRods have the front mounts that bolt to the beam gone do to beam extenders, but, here goes

I can't remember the exact order, if I find that mag I'll be sure to get the order correct

Check the gap between the A-pillars, to even that up use a 7/16" socket, put it on the hinge bolts & close the door until you get the gap evens up
If the door hangs down at the B-pillars, remove the front rubber mounts where it bolts to the beam, snug the bolts down until the door raises up to the correct place, measure the distance between the body & the beam, machine new aluminum pieces to that thickness to replace the rubber ones, install, tighten & check alignment
You can do the same with the rear body mounts in the rear fender wells, remove the rubber mounts, snug the body mounts until the door is aligned correctly, measure, machine aluminum pieces to that thickness, instal, tighten, check alignment

I hope that helps anyone else trying to get their doors aligned, as I said, I can't remember the exact order, I'll try to find out & put it in the correct order

I haven't finished the front of my VolksRod yet, but when I made my beam brace, I added a front beam mount just so I could get my doors aligned easier, I have a ways to go, but I have more important things to worry about than my doors being aligned at the moment


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Faaantasstic!
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Old October 28th, 2014, 02:08 AM   #9
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Thanks for that info. It'll healp me and others I'm sure in the future.
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