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Old 07-16-2013, 02:00 AM
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New project for the slow summer nights in central Florida....... I got a nice set of doors from TimAT earlier this year, keeping my stock '79 doors useable I want to turn these into a lightweight version that is rattle-free without holes for the door handles or key.....

It did not take much to skin the doors, here's a pic of the pass side door shell after I cut out the 30lbs impact bar



Apparently one of the previous owners of these doors had them repaired, there were three different types of glue on the two shells......



I'm going to clean up the shell and the skin, then re-glue it using 3M 8115 adhesive.... Nobody will ever take this apart again

I'm closing the holes for the handles and the locks with fiberglass mat and Evercoat SMC resin...... The garage smells really nice tonight
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:20 AM
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Really? The impact bar is 30 lbs?

By the way how are you planning to open the doors? And no locks?
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:27 AM
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I hear the Beach Boys singing..

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"Door handles are off but you know I'll never miss-em, they open when I want with a solenoid system. Go cherry cherry coupe now..."
I'm in the midst of the same effort - and yes 30 pounds!

You plan on shaving the other doors as well?

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my 73; I cut out the impact bars and some of the "inner" door frame (behind the door panel). Weight savings per side was 11 lbs. have pics of this on this forem, under my name.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:04 AM
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I did not put the bars on the scale but 20-25lbs is at least what they weigh, that's guessing the weight...... Heavy stuff..... No wonder my hinges are worn and sloppy....

I'm not planning on a remote, since there won't be glass I just reach in and open the door
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:06 AM
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my '72 vert lost it's key locks on the outside, and I never reinstalled the inside knobs, lazy, can't ever want to lock a convertible....


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BeeJay weighed his at 8 lbs each.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:56 PM
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Damn I should have taken more pictures and weighed the doors and the parts that i cut out...... oh well..... apparently I'm not very good at guessing the weight
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I'd think with a track only car, losing the impact bars for weight savings would be a no brainer. But, for a street car, I want them in my '73. There are too many yahoos driving the streets around here and I like the idea of having a little more protection.

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I'm trading that weight for purpose built NASCAR-style bars. Meet the Tech Requirement - the door bars internal don't. Ill weigh tthe complete door inner panel and all this week. And the skin as it is like Karsten has sitting in his garage/shop.

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