Since I knew that the car body was all over the place what with rust, moving house, lifting and lowering, as well as the small problem of the rear missing, I thought I would have a look at the alignment. Bit of an importance due to the fact I want to build of off of what I already have.
So right first things first….
fit the doors……
The passenger side is first and low and behold it doesn’t fit. No surprise there..
What was a surprise was the fact that my welding caused the first issue.
I repaired the heater channel and lower A pillar and took the precautions of aligning as I went but like with everything I do, something went a little askew namely the lower A pillar.
I’m using a different door since the original cracked along the frame and wasn’t worth repairing but this wasn’t the issue. For some reason, between alignment and welding, the A pillar lower door mount had shifted about 5 mm forward so now ( Even though the hinge pins aren’t the best) the door sits too low and won’t lift over the heater channel/sil.
Nothing for it but to wip out the angle grinder and put a few cuts in.
I’ve put a couple in around the bottom of the pillar into my welds and one up the outer skin and a few more on the inside. Jacking the door up on the rear corner gave me the 5 mm adjustment so now a quick tack weld to fix it in place and a patch to fit on the 5mm gap in the skin.
The door kinda fits now but since there is no rear quarter panel behind the B pillar, to pull it rearward, the pillar has twisted inwards. Easily fixed for now using a big screwdriver to lever it back out and around the lip of the door. This will be fixed when I put a new rear quarter in place.
Now the biggy!!!!!
The windscreen and roof section has drooped!
No support on the B pillar top means no support on the windscreen and with all the rust means the body has warped. To hopefully Un-warp the body I’ve supported it with some wood and a very tight tie on the rear of the door. Leaving it like this for a few days might bring it back a little. Also I’ve stopped using the top of the car as a storage area… oops.
I’ve gone further than I need to due to the spring back but I might need to do more without the door shut to get the correct position but I won’t do that until I’m ready to start the rear of the body.
The windscreen pillar was tight against the door but with the supports in place I can align it perfectly but like I said before I’ve gone passed perfect to try and get it to stay perfect without me supporting it, if that makes sense…..