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Sprung Door? 1949

How good are the doors supposed to fit?
My pass. door fits real nice, the drivers door fits real nice everywhere except the lower rear. Almost seems like it was sprung. What can be done for a better fit?
 
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are there any bulges near the hinge? That's the problem with mine. Looks like the door was forced open past it's intended stopping point.
 
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no thats what i can't figure out. there are no distortions in the door at all, and the fit is great all around except for the lower back edge. it sticks out like a half inch back there. also there is a wide gap on the inside at the bottom of the door where it is supposed to seal. I realize that they weren't a great fit to begin with, but it seems excessive. and yes the door seals are in at the bottom, but they are probably shot. the gap is progressively worse at the back. thanks for the reply!
 
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i know it sounds a bit brutal but have you tried a wooden block placed in the jamb and door and a few discreet whacks with a large rubber hammer, i prefer a deadshot personally. John
 
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Look in the maintenance manual - It has the procedures for fixing this using a ballpien hammer - no you don't pound, it's used as a wedge - My dad showed my how back in the 50's
 
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Without seeing it in person I would guess you need to "pull out" the top back corner of the door, which is fairly easy to do with a block. Like said above check the shop manual.

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This may sound redundant but did you by any chance have the hinges off the door ? Both doors ?
 
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I haven't had the hinges off the door yet. I don't have a maintenance manual so I guess getting one might be in order. i sort of tryed using a block of wood in the door jam and used another to push on the door, it will flex some but didn't overdo it because I was afraid of making a worse mess of it. aka buckle or kink. thanks guys!
 
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Here's the procedure from the manual:



 
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Hey Thanks Bob!
So in other words...CAREFULLY BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF IT! push in this place, pull in that place, LOL. quite the specialized procedure! I will read it two or three times before attempting, and then refresh myself maybe halfway through the process!
 
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I used a cab from low mileage fire truck on my F-2. The doors didn't fit quite right, they rubbed on top at the back and there was a gap on the top at the front. I ended up jacking the door frames diagonally and they fit perfectly. I think it was a hit and miss from the factory whether the doors fit properly.
 

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If you can find it, get a bottle of white shoe polish and paint the door frame surface - It will show where the surface is rubbing the cab surface - It can be reapplied where needed to check progress and it washes off easily
 
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I got the idea

Its not rubbing against anything its just pulled straight away from the cab like a 1/2"
Good idea though!
I was in the garage and used a rubber mallet in the door jam as a block, then pushed and shoved some on the lower back corner of the door. it helped some but I will have to work with it more when the time comes. it flexs a little more than I expected it to.
 
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Roll the window down when you are twisting on it....other wise you will break it. Ask me how I know....
Also make sure the cab corner isn't bent in or been repaired at some point.
 
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DO THIS

I had the same troubles with my driver door . You just have to play with it some. Put something in the door at the top and push on it. then in the middle.I played with it until it fit right. If you leave it like that the seal won't do its job. AIR /SAND You get the pic.
 

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