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wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted March 21, 2005 07:55 AM  
More questions from a newbie. I have my doors and fenders all gutted out. I would like to know the best way to mount them back on the car (75 malibu). Also, what is the best/easiest way to repalce the rear quarter panels (need to replace at least the lower half of them).
And finally I would like to run a rub rail from wheel well to wheel well, any ideas on best way to mount that (our rules say it must be attached to body, NOT rollcage).

Thanks in advance for any replies.


petordragon
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted March 21, 2005 09:01 AM  
we put our doors back on by placing 6 pieces of 3/8 rod about an inch long 3 down front side 3 down backside of door and welded them in.

wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted March 21, 2005 09:07 AM  
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Originally posted by petordragon:
we put our doors back on by placing 6 pieces of 3/8 rod about an inch long 3 down front side 3 down backside of door and welded them in.

What did you use for a spacer for where the hinges used to be. Thanks.

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 860
posted March 21, 2005 04:39 PM  
Fenders I bolt mine in the stock location to the fire wall and use a tab from the the front bay to support the front, the doors you can use a 3in by 1in piece of metal and bolt them top and bottom on both sides or weld them shut, the rear quarters I would use 22ga steel sheet and as for the nerfs not going to the cage bolt them to the body using carriage bolts. Eddie

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 316
posted March 21, 2005 04:42 PM  
We run a 1 1/2 roll bar pipe from the cage to almost the wheel well and then went over to the hinge post with a short piece. Worked real good and pleanty strong weld it in ofcoarse. Also we used brake line tubing and cut it for are space to weld together like three inches long. Three on the back,front,and bottom dont want that door tore off lol

Winland Racing
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted March 22, 2005 11:48 AM  
I just skinned my rear quarter panels for the first time. I will be welding the new quarters this weekend. GO to my site and check my photos under Rebuilding 2005. My plan should work out real well. As far as where the hinges go, I am just going to overlap my door skin a bit to weld it to the rear panel.
WR#66 www.freewebs.com/winlandenduroracing/

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wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted March 29, 2005 09:14 AM  
Thanks for the help everyone

GARYAL
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted March 29, 2005 10:33 AM  
I shell the car down real far so that the only place to really mount is to the cage or sheet metal because everything else is gone. then after i mount the 1/4's I cut strips of sheet aluminum the hight of the door seam and about 4" wide. pop rivit it with large head rivits and backers about every 2-3" along 1/4 panel with 2" exposed. place the door up against it and run another row of rivits down the door side. do the same on the fenders. i also place a tab sticking out at the front connection at the top door bar that is about 4" long made of 3/4" angle that the front window upright door and fender all connect to. allong the bottom of the door run an angle of heavy aluminum sheet that gets rivited to both the dooor and the jam. unless the jam has been removed. if the jam is removed connect the angle straight to the frame.

racingfool1
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted March 29, 2005 07:10 PM  
I am assuming that because you are under the pure stock heading that you are limited on a number of things. But you should still have the brackets that once the the door hinges on the frame, not on the door. Fabricate a piece from there that will TEE and then you can rivit or bolt your door front and fender back to it. Then just cut a slot in the pillar flush with the quarter panel (top and bottom) and slip a piece of strap through it to overlap the door and fender to rivit or bolt to. I assume you got the front fender mount figured out. As far as the quarters, if you can run rub rails back there also, cut the bottom off and cut some sheet metal to splice in behind it, just keep the seam behind the rub rails and you will never know that it has been replaced. Also cheaper and easier to fix in the future that way than real quarters. Now as far as the rub rails, if you can't mount them to the cage, you have limited otions, but use carriage bolts and that will hold the center of your door in place just by running that along side it and through the doors, quarters and fenders. Put a bolt about every foot to 18" and it will increase the strength considerebly if you can't go to the cage. And use heavy fender washers on the back side with lock washers.
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Originally posted by wetwolfone:
More questions from a newbie. I have my doors and fenders all gutted out. I would like to know the best way to mount them back on the car (75 malibu). Also, what is the best/easiest way to repalce the rear quarter panels (need to replace at least the lower half of them).
And finally I would like to run a rub rail from wheel well to wheel well, any ideas on best way to mount that (our rules say it must be attached to body, NOT rollcage).

Thanks in advance for any replies.



rico 08
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1139
posted March 30, 2005 05:45 AM  
I always just cut the car right behind the cage all the way across the car then take out the body bolts and cut the A pillar then hoist it off
its alot easier than skinning rear quarters and lining them back up and re welding them

wetwolfone
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted March 30, 2005 06:02 AM  
Too late for that, Rico. I will do it that way next time though. Welding the quarters in wasn't that bad, though. I am going to run a bar from behind the rear wheels to the bumper. thanks again for the help.

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