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Old 10-16-2002, 17:37   #1 (permalink)
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Question EL Front Door Help

Hi Guys N Gals,

I currently have trouble with my front doors on my EL - basically, they don't line up when trying to close - obviously there is a large clunk sound as they sit below the factory setting. I'm wondering how I can go about adjusting the door to sit properly once again. The reason for the door being so heavy is because I have a heavy speaker pod in the door. Any help greatly appreciated people !

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How much out is the door compared to before? If it's just out by a few mm you might be able to get away with it by adjusting the door striker on the body, but if it's out by heaps you'll have to adjust the door hinge mechanism.

I would imagine you would have to have a very very heavy speaker pods to make the door drop.
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Thanks for the quick reply XR_Strider - you're damn quick on that reply button hehe.

Yeah, I sohuld have mentioned, the door is out by a good ~2 cms (doh) - so it's not so fun =[. I have a door pod with a 6.5" woofer, plus a 3 way passive crossover that weighs nearly as much (if not heavier) than the 6.5" woofer. Do you know how to adjust the actual door hinges ? I don't think adjusting the door striker on the body will help, due to the door being out of line by so_much.

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This is a common EA-EL problem. The following thread should help.

http://discussions.fordforums.com/sh...ighlight=hinge
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Thanks for the quick reply XR_Strider - you're damn quick on that reply button hehe.

Yeah, I sohuld have mentioned, the door is out by a good ~2 cms (doh) - so it's not so fun =[. I have a door pod with a 6.5" woofer, plus a 3 way passive crossover that weighs nearly as much (if not heavier) than the 6.5" woofer. Do you know how to adjust the actual door hinges ? I don't think adjusting the door striker on the body will help, due to the door being out of line by so_much.

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2cm's would mean more than just the normal sag, something else must surely be wrong, what does the sheetmetel look like around the hinges, not cracked or anything?

I'd give a smash repairer a look and see what they think, even old Mustang doors (very much like the heavy Falcon coupe doors)would struggle to drop by this much.

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Had an EL Ghia that was bough new by me and had the same problem after 4 years. Ford told me i needed a new drivers door, so i went next door to sales and traded it in. HAHA. You can adjust them but you will need some help. Eg extra hands.
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Hi guys,

Thanks for everyone's input - appreciated ! Ok, I have taken jack's advice and given the door a pull in the upwards direction - it seemed to make a difference !! I'm going to do it again (after this post hehe) to see if I can get it perfect =D. Sorry, I should also correct myself earlier when i said it was 2-3 cms outta whack - it's more like 1 cm tops when it's nearly shut...it obviously looks worse than it is, when the door is ajar that tiny bit more. Hopefully I won't need a trip down to Ford *touchwood* - thanks Jack for the thread - it's a huge help mate !! =]

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