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Old 05-21-2019, 11:42 PM
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Quick door question: build or install first?

Searching through all the relevant threads here as I prepare to build my empty door shells but wondering whether its better (or easier?) to build the door first off the truck then hang, or hang em empty and build on the truck?

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Old 05-22-2019, 03:24 AM
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I have the doors gutted on my 49. I am going to body work them and primer them next and hang them since they will be so much lighter to work with.
 
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:15 AM
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I have a 54...but I second the install first...build after. Much easier to install and get lined up when it is just a shell. Plus I thought rebuild was easier with the door upright where you can get to it.
 
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My doors needed rust repair on the bottoms. I found it much easier to work on them laying flat on a workbench than try to work on them from underneath if they were hanging. After the body work was done I hung them to do the glass and regulator install.
 
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I think GoldCo means is it better to put door and window regulators and glass and latch in with door hung in truck. I say yes it it is.
 
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I hung them first. Pic's in my build thread. https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...lt-thread.html
 
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thanks for the replies

yep, empty door shell ready for internals and glass.
so i guess i'll hang 'em first, then it sounds like vent windows first, then division bar, etc.
i've got a bunch of weather stripping i gotta figure out where it all goes, both for windows and doors. re: the latter, this just came to me does door weatherstripping go on the door side or the cab side?

thanks for replies. time to go back and re-read all the search results.

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I think GoldCo means is it better to put door and window regulators and glass and latch in with door hung in truck. I say yes it it is.
 
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yep, empty door shell ready for internals and glass.
so i guess i'll hang 'em first, then it sounds like vent windows first, then division bar, etc.
i've got a bunch of weather stripping i gotta figure out where it all goes, both for windows and doors. re: the latter, this just came to me does door weatherstripping go on the door side or the cab side?

thanks for replies. time to go back and re-read all the search results.
Also read your shop manual.
 

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