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Passenger door is 1 cm off level.

David Layton

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The rear edge of the passenger door is 1cm low, while the front edge lines up with the hood etal.  Likewise, the rear upper corner of the window is riding low on the window seal. 


The blue shop manual is very matter of fact on this.


So, I need to adjust the door angle through the 6 hinge bolts.  An exercise which seems like standing on one leg while rubbing you belly and scratching your head at the same time.   Is there a trick to this?  After I remove the interior door panel, a well-padded trolley jack is needed.  Should this be a 2 or 3 person operation?


Appreciated any learned wisdom on this.

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1 hour ago, Hans said:

I used jack under the rear edge, tape measure. Loosen hinges,  jack, tighten. Then sort out latch.

That's exactly what I did with a friend's replacement driver's door.  Took several tries to get the door aligned properly, and then we had to re-set the lock's catch plate, and then a little more adjustment to the glass...


And the glass will still whistle.



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Here are the photos for what I hope to correct this weekend.  It is simply a case of the door not being level.  I realize that once the door is level, I may have to massage the window alignment.  Drove it today, Frau Blucher is one fast old lady.  She turns 50 on the 23rd of this month.



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Good advise above, door looks low in rear front alignment is hard to tell from pictures…the Crome trim at top of door/bottom of glass on front and rear windows should be a straight plane. The correct alignment of the hood is also critical to it all looking/being correct. 

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