So a couple months ago i thought it would be cool to take my side doors, weld them together, cut the old hinges off and hinge it at the top so it would open up like a hatch back. I think it would be great to have the door act as a shield to help keep out sunlight while hanging out at the beach or while camping.
well, today was the day to operate...
first step was to remove the door straps....and if i was smart, the 2 screws on the side of the door handle assembly...you know, the 2 that you can only get to when the door is open.
After that i tack welded some bracing to keep the 2 door from shifting. I was smart enough to only latch the inside door and keep the outside door handle up or open because it would not have cleared the temporary angle iron.
Next was to cut the hinges. i tried to simply cut the heads off of the hinge pins and pound them out but they weren't budging. so after a couple of minutes with the cut off wheel i was past the point of no return..
Next was to re enforce the inside. I did that by cutting at welding a 3 inch wide strip of sheet metal across the gap.
Now for the hinges...i spent a lot of time looking for the right, strong sturdy hinge...and my travels led me to Home Depot lol...they had to be the right thickness to fit in between the door and body. I picked out 6 of them to help distribute the load. I think they will be plenty strong. they also have a teflon liner or washer in between the 2 parts of the hinges so there is no slop in the hinge pin. a rattling door would drive me crazy. here is a pic of the hinges. i simply bolted them to the doors with 1/4 bolts.
Now came the hard part, trying to wrestle the door into place, get some screws started , then carefully open the door so i can drill and get some 2.5 inch long 1/4 bolts in.
I still have to fab up the latch at the bottom. finish filling/welding the gap on the out side of the door and weld in some sheet metal where the old hinges used to be. Im really pleased with the outcome, all the sleepless night wondering how i would do this..or do that has all payed off.
I will post more pics later of the latch set up and how the hinges bolt to the body.