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Fitting the interior door panels

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Today I started fitting the door interior trim panels and discovered how 'hand built' TRs were.

 

the car is a TR3a and while the LH door is original the RH one is from another car, albeit one of similar age and with everything else identical.

 

I carefully checked the back of each door to identify the correct holes for fixing the door cards and was surprised to find that although they are similar they are not the same. It would seem it depended on the person who was doing the fitting.

 

In the end I based my drillings on a variety of photos that I have captured from this site over the years.

 

Rgds Ian

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You will always find that on sidescreen cars. The holes were drilled and screwed randomly at roughly the same positions but no jig or pattern.

Stuart.

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If fitting new trim to old previously drilled doors you might find one of these useful.

http://www.yardstore.com/browse.cfm/4,4125.html

or Google 'drilled hole finder'

 

AKA 'Strap Duplicators'

http://www.lasaero.com/site/products/article?id=S04KSQ34L

 

 

Pre-drilled and previously used holes in door frames are size # 36 or #37 so the Type 60 with #40 spigot (for 3/32" holes) is as close as you will get. LAS item No 61 for drilled holes at 6" capacity should do the trick.

 

Used to use them a lot for replacing dented skin panels on aeroplanes. - no one ever successfully made a fig 8 cross section rivet to fill the hole position you guessed at and drilled anyway....

 

Peter W

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That looks like a useful tool. might have to get one of those.

 

Bob.

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If fitting new trim to old previously drilled doors you might find one of these useful.

http://www.yardstore.com/browse.cfm/4,4125.html

or Google 'drilled hole finder'

 

AKA 'Strap Duplicators'

http://www.lasaero.com/site/products/article?id=S04KSQ34L

 

 

Pre-drilled and previously used holes in door frames are size # 36 or #37 so the Type 60 with #40 spigot (for 3/32" holes) is as close as you will get. LAS item No 61 for drilled holes at 6" capacity should do the trick.

 

Used to use them a lot for replacing dented skin panels on aeroplanes. - no one ever successfully made a fig 8 cross section rivet to fill the hole position you guessed at and drilled anyway....

 

Peter W

 

Way cool. thanks Peter. $8 delivered off eBay and will be very handy when it comes to trimming time.

 

Stan

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Just about to recover my door panels  and to my surpise found the door cards made of steel, anyone else ever come across this?

 

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On 3/22/2020 at 12:51 PM, RUBY131 said:

Just about to recover my door panels  and to my surpise found the door cards made of steel, anyone else ever come across this?

 

Not original as far as I know.

Stuart.

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No dead right Stuart. I was once told never be surprised by anything you find on a South African car. They are renowned for making anything out of anything, no wonder the doors shut with such a clunk, they must be twice the normal weight.

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