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Front edges of doors sit further in than fenders

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Sanded down the doors today to see what I'm working with, and found 1/8" of bondo covering large sections.

Visually the doors and fenders lined up ok before the fenders were removed, but now I realize if I were to fit new doors, they'd sit about 1/8" recessed from the fender.

I searched, and it sounds like shimming the doors wasn't really an option, as shimming them only really moves them inwards.

Is this correct, or am I missing something? What kind of gap should I be seeing where the top of the door sheet metal meets the A-pillar rain gutter at the firewall area?

I'm not sure quite how to proceed - I'm working on a ground up restoration and would prefer as little bondo in the car as possible.

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I just installed new BMW doors on my '76 2002 and ran into the same issue. The fenders have a more pronounced curvature than do the doors resulting in the same situation you describe. I'm not a body guy but it would appear there are only two choices. Either build up the contour of doors to match the fenders or "massage" the fenders to match the doors. I choose to just live with the mismatch.

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Hmm, I wonder if mine are replacement doors. I don't see any real signs of the black e-coat type primer but I haven't got all the glass out yet.

I remember reading your post on them actually, did you end up getting all four corners to line up well with the fender & rear quarter?

I wonder what'd be involved in getting the front fenders to match the contour...

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Guest Anonymous

What about loosening the screws holding the fenders on and pushing them in a little?

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I ended up moving the fender in on one side.

When we did Jenn's car, we got one OE fender and one Mobile Traditions fender.

It was a long time ago- the pair cost less than $200...

The MT fender sat out further, so, since the mounting flange on the car

was a mess anyway, I trimmed it and the fender back a bit to get enough

room to slide the fender in a bit at the top, and adjusted the rest of the fender

sheet metal to match.

see below...

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I had the same issue on my car with all new metal .. My body guy couldnt get them right and I wasnt going to paint it as is. He told me he could "spoon" the front edge of the door,. I have no idea what that means but he did it and they are perfect. He didnt build it up with filler either. The only reference I have to "spooning" involves Jonny and a vegas hotel room and I dont want to talk about it

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I had the same issue on my car with all new metal .. My body guy couldnt get them right and I wasnt going to paint it as is. He told me he could "spoon" the front edge of the door,. I have no idea what that means but he did it and they are perfect. He didnt build it up with filler either. The only reference I have to "spooning" involves Jonny and a vegas hotel room and I dont want to talk about it

Good ole Vegas!!

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Guest Anonymous

Spooning is massaging the metal and moving or reshaping it. Sometimes heat is used and other times not.

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messed with that on mine last summer too. If you're keeping your lower black trim, make sure it clears the fender when you open the door. My drivers side door is still not 100%.

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