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fiberglass doors
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:39:51 AM »
anyone running fiberglass doors on there pinto?? going to look at a set to buy this weekend but wanted a little heads up of what to look for and what to check - to make sure they are worth the price and time to put on the car!! want to know what are normal issues and what to stay clear from!! I know they are fiberglass and that it does warp a little over time!

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Re: fiberglass doors
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014, 04:11:23 PM »
I'd use fenders and hood but not doors, simply too many issues there. By the time the door is rigid enough to repeatedly latch and re-latch at post to open/shut correctly it will be as heavy as a steel door. Take Corvette doors for instance, same weight. The latching location points-in-space move around more with that type of material. Chase like Focus hood latch locators long term and you get the idea. The radiator support is metal support with FRP poured around it to mimic fiberglass type part, longterm they keep moving around to make for hood latching issues. Nothing guarantees positive locating of points in space like a metal part. You can adjust the metal part by simply distorting the metal, not an option on a fiberglass part.

Not having a metal impact bar inside door could easily fail inspection if a street car. Here in Texas they can turn down any single part which is not OEM, claiming it is not approved to be safe. Part of the inspector prerogative clause.

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Re: fiberglass doors
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2014, 08:55:39 PM »
Thanks already running a complete fiber glass tilt front end, figured the doors would just add to the package! I get what you are saying! Had a 98 ws6 and the doors where fiberglass and factory fit like crap! Plus had to take to shop and had doors realigned about 4 times in a 2 year period!    But will see if doors are junk then will pass!
1975 mercury bobcat 2.8 auto
1978 mercury bobcat wagon 2.3l - soon to have a 88 tc drive line
1975 ford pinto - drag car - 2.3l w/t5 trans - project car