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    Unhappy doors binding in plastic trim

    #2613's doors have never been perfect, but in the last year or so they've started doing something that worries me: binding and scraping the plastic at both ends.

    door hitting plastic 1 annotated.jpg

    door hitting plastic 2 annotated.jpg

    It's the same on both sides, except that on the passenger side the door is actually sticking shut.

    On both doors, there are a bunch of washers on the front striker pins and only one on the rear. On the passenger side, the striker pin was binding badly so it's been ground down partly, but the door still sticks shut.

    Do these cars change shape as they age? What should I inspect? Could the roof cage be the problem? Or is it something else?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Farrar; 05-03-2018 at 01:21 PM.
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    Was your windshield recently replaced?

    Is your roof box showing signs of rust?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMCFL Brandon View Post
    Was your windshield recently replaced?

    Is your roof box showing signs of rust?
    As far as I know, the windshield is original.

    To check the roof box, I pull the T-panel, right? I will do that next.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    To check the roof box, I pull the T-panel, right? I will do that next.
    Remove the upper finisher (part number 105721), with that removed you can eyeball the rear of the roof box to see if it is showing signs of lifting.

    Some detailed pictures can be found here: http://www.deloreaneurotec.uk/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=5282
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    Removed the rear finisher piece. It has seen better days...

    It may be hard to see behind my Mickey Mouse third brake lights, but I got some photos.

    Left side:

    left side.jpg

    Middle:

    middle.jpg

    Right side:

    right side.jpg

    It definitely looks like the roof box is bowing, although I don't see any evidence that it has rusted, so that's some good news to go with the bad, I suppose.

    Somewhere around here, I have a set of written instructions, parts list, and photos from Toby Peterson on how to secure the roof box. I'll look those up. I think it's probably something I can do myself, or maybe with the wife helping.

    Thanks, gang!
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    Agreed, you may have some roof box issues causing the front of the roof to sag allowing the doors to make contact where they shouldn't - here is a look at what mine looked like: http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?12...ed-should-I-be

    If the windshield was separating you'd probably get a good puddle of water if you ever see rain or take a hose to the top of it.
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    Posted the above after you did. I believe these may be helpful to you:

    http://dmctalk.org/showthread.php?64...orcement-Panel

    http://www.dmcnews.com/Techsection/tbar.htm
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    Looks like the box has lifted from what I can see in those pictures. I would invest in a roof box repair kit like this one here https://www.deloreango.com/us/roof-box-repair-kit.html or from your vendor of choice.
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    Thank you, everyone!

    I located the instructions from Toby Peterson. When I get the time and materials, I will report back.
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    My car had the same issues. My roof box was popped . I fixed it . Also had windshield replaced. Even with all that being that mine is an earlier car the doors aren't near as nice as a 5000 series car for example.

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