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Door interchangeability question
« on: January 22, 2012, 03:47:33 PM »
Will the doors from a Pinto sedan fit a Pinto Wagon? and vica versa?
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2012, 04:49:12 PM »
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2012, 05:18:37 PM »
the glass and windows frames are different, otherwise the same.
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2012, 06:15:57 PM »
The interior door panels on my sedandelivery are off of a Pinto sedan and fit perfectly and are even the same color. The seats from the sedan will find their way into the sedan delivery this spring.

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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2012, 07:52:57 PM »
So with exception to the glass and frame, if I wanted to use the bottom of the station wagon skin to replace the bottom of the skin on my sedan door... then it would work? Cause that's mainly what I am looking at. Then bottom of both of my doors is shot, but I have access to some wagon doors at a junkyard that are in good shape.
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2012, 08:37:34 PM »
That should be just fine. I'm interested in hearing how you separate the skin from the rest of the door. My 78's doors will need new or replacement skins before it gets repainted, otherwise they will get the bondo treatment.
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2012, 09:24:39 PM »
Well removing the skin is not hard on the bad door. On the good door however it is a little trickier, or I should say a little more time consuming. Bad door I will grind the edges off of the skin till the skin breaks loose. You will see three layers of still then ;the door skin, the door frame, and the door skin fold over (which is spot welded).

Toss out the bad door skin. Drill out the spot welds to remove the door skin fold over. You will do this with drill bit that you give a zero angle sharpening too. It is practically flat, and lets you remove small amounts of the spot welds as flat a possible. This makes it possible to drill through the fold over with out entering the door frame.

You will then go to the good panel and using the zero angle bit, drill all of the spot welds. Once that is done, carefully, and slightly unbend the panel bend over to loosen the skin. You will then need to choose one side to unbend even more to allow you to slide the skin off.

You will slide the good skin on the frame you want to use, bend the bend overs back into place. Then fill your spot weld holes with weld. I use my mig for this.

It is harder than I explain, but works great when you have no other options and lots of time and patience.
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2012, 09:45:37 PM »
wouldn't it be worth considering... swap frames and glass and use the wagon doors

maybe a little less work
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2012, 09:52:24 PM »
Definitely worth considering, but I haven't really looked to see if that is an option or not. I will have to consider it for sure. In my case I only need the bottom 4 inches so I would not need to separate the full skin but instead make a cut all the way across 5 inches up from the bottom, and drill out what spot welds I need to. It would save a ton of time.
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Re: Door interchangeability question
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2012, 11:00:11 PM »
I was wondering about that as well. On my 78 Sedan, the frame's weld at the front of the door has actually broken on both doors, and the door skin does not line up with the fender correctly because of this. Since it would need to be re-welded anyway, I was considering just pulling the frame out of the door, and welding it to a good door if I needed to use wagon doors later on.
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