There may come a time in your truck’s life when you will need to replace a door or two. Perhaps the evil cancer that is rust has begun to set in, or maybe they’re dented beyond repair from the vigorous trials of being used as a daily work truck. Then again, you might be a victim of the dreaded everyday hazard of door dings, suffered in parking lots all across the country. Regardless, dents from these expected and unexpected obstacles can really make your door look haggard and worn. Whatever your reason may be for removing or replacing the door, you will be relieved to learn that it is not a very difficult process and it doesn’t require a huge, expensive mechanic’s tool set; just an extra set of hands to make the process go by quickly.
In this month’s Cosmetic Tech article, we look at replacement doors by Brothers Truck Parts of Corona, CA. Brothers has been a leader in the truck world, specializing in trucks made from 1947-1987. After visiting their huge store, we realized that the best thing to do for our project truck was to add new doors altogether. This would cut our bodywork time in half, and likely save us a few hundred dollars in the process. With that said, check out how we got this 1956 Chevy cab ready for bodywork after adding a new set of Brothers Truck replacement doors.
1. Brothers Trucks replacement doors made our project a quick fix, as the replacement doors cut down on the body work time we would’ve needed to repair the older doors.
2. With the amount of bondo filler and rust that ate through the doors, the best thing to do was to replace the entire door.
3. Even the inside door structure showed rust eating through the door, making it unsafe in a possible case of side impact during an automobile accident.
4. With a major dent at the start of the bodyline, this door would never be salvageable, as it would take us too long to restore the original bodyline.
5. The stock door was removed, allowing us to get started on the door replacement.
6. The Brothers doors come in a protective packaging to help prevent any unwanted dents during transportation.
7. Before starting, we looked at the door hinges. The stock hinges have a slot that allows you to adjust the doors.
8. Since the door was off, it was easier to hand-tighten the bolts on the door. This will help the door stop when you slide it onto the hinges.
9. Jason hung the door onto the hinges that had been refurbished.
10. To help keep the door level while we bolted on the door, we used a floor jack and a piece of wood.
11. With the door on the hinges, the door was closed and held in place while Jason tightened it down.
12. The hinge bolts where tightened snugly.
13. You can see the top of the door needs to be adjusted for the swing inward.
14. The door’s hinge was loosened to allow it to be pushed forward.
15. If you over-loosen the hinges, the door alignment will get out of whack, as it did for us.
16. This trick of using a paint stick allows the door gaps to be even while we got ready to tighten down the hinges.
17. The door strikers also need to be adjusted; if not, the door will not close or in some cases, pull the bodyline up or down.
18. The driver side was ready for a new Brothers replacement door.
19. We did the same process on the driver side door.
20. The gaps were even throughout the door; this will keep the doors from binding or being unaligned.
21. You can see how the bodylines look as good as they would have from the factory.
22. With the Brothers Replacement doors, the cab was ready.