October 14, 2006That is good news now you can find sometime else to work on.
October 14, 2006Oh I keep a running list Carl. Maybe I can get back to the power door locks that started this whole thing.
October 15, 2006Great news Steve. I was messing with my doors and went to Kragen to purchase their weatherstrip. I got the 5/8 size, which is the smallest they had. Put it on, and sure enough, the door won't close, etc. I got pissed and took some scissors and cut the entire length of the weatherstripping taking about a 1/4 inch of rubber off. Used some weatherstrip 3m glue and put it back on. The door closes nicely, could go in about 1/8 inch more, so I'm hoping it will wear in and close giving a complete seal and making my doors flush. A little advice here though is don't apply to much pressure slamming the door or forcing it to close. I did that and noticed at the corner of my window on the metal, it's got a stress crack. If it gets worse, may have to try to braze it up or something?
October 15, 2006I took an electric carving knife to mine in the tight areas, taking a good 1/3rd off the thickness. I can set the striker to where I can close it with just a good push, but I have the striker a little farther in, so the door closes tight, with a little more pressure. No slamming though.
Bobco told me that they work the doors until they are perfect long before the truck building process and paint even begins. Now I know why, but I thought mine were really closing well. I'm going to research and find out the vendor with the thinner seal and post it for everyone. Thanks for the input.
Installed the new door handle (again) today, adjusting the button until it has very little clearance. I noticed the star wheel dragging just a bit until I closed the button-to-mechanism travel. The old one felt as if the key was going to snap to operate the lock, the new (old) one works so easy that I can't feel the key locking the door! Am I looking for perfection or what, now that the damn thing works.
October 18, 2006I heard stories about problems like this. I need to replace my rubber and each time I think I'm ready I remember the stories. Will have to have a BBQ and have the boys over one day to help.
October 18, 2006I'm pretty much a well trained, tried and tested door fitting veteran now Ed. I'm practically a walking dictionary of truck door information...now.
October 19, 2006Ed, I can't help you on the door situation, because I can't even get mine right. But I can do one heck of job at eating BBQ food.
October 20, 2006Did the milk route (visiting truck shops) driving my old F-100. I had left the door panel off and took tools just in case another adjustment was required. I am proud to announce no rattles and the door shut and locked perfectly. Knock on wood!
October 21, 2006Sounds like there should be a " door - operation" trophy available at these shows!!
Hey - what do you think ?????
October 22, 2006Interesting topic for an award. And the winner would be a truck with ten year old rubber, and original latch that works like a dream, door handle where the button is set perfectly. Hmmmmmmm. LOL