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Thread: QAC Door guides

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    QAC Door guides

    Hi all,

    posted this in "historical", but may not really be the correct place. Mods- feel free to move it.

    Has anyone else not got door guides?

    I was prompted to look at my car after reading Hillel Levin's account in "Grand Delusions" of CR Brown's QAC's:

    "Part of the door problem would be solved by one of Brown's homemade solutions- a metal guide over each latch. But until the molds for the guides were made in Belfast, he had an elderly Irvine machinist make them individually out of metal. Each week, the man showed up with the latest batch in apaper bag, taking $40 cash for each set"...

    Anyway, I looked at my car (VIN 814)- none... (But the doors open and shut really nicely)

    But maybe I have later doors fitted, as there are threaded holes for them...

    Any info? I think Leif Montin said there were at least 3 types fitted (but one part no). 1x metal type and 2x plastic?

    I just found it interesting,

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    Door guides

    I have stainless guides that I polished to a mirror finish. Looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyd View Post
    Has anyone else not got door guides?
    Good question.

    Yes, our car has none and never did. Delivered from the DeLorean QAC in CA to the dealer in that condition.

    Like yours, the doors close nicely on this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Good question.

    Yes, our car has none and never did. Delivered from the DeLorean QAC in CA to the dealer in that condition.

    Like yours, the doors close nicely on this one.
    Hi Rich,

    Interesting, given that you have quite a close VIN to mine.

    Do your doors have holes for the guides??

    Mine are here --> http://www.flickr.com/photos/researc...57627362615561

    (sorry, can't cut and paste the photo from my friend's flickr page!)

    Seems odd to have the holes, if the door guides were an idea which originated from the QAC?

    a

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    Funny - I was just going to post a similar thread. VIN 16793 only has guides on the passenger side (and no indication that there was ever an installation on the driver's side). Interesting that the side WITHOUT guides shuts MUCH better (like with one finger). The side WITH the guides has always been a bit rough to close despite several people spending a good amount of time adjusting it. I was going to do an experiment and take them off of that side and see what happens. You never know! I'll let you all know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kajcienski View Post
    Funny - I was just going to post a similar thread. VIN 16793 only has guides on the passenger side (and no indication that there was ever an installation on the driver's side). Interesting that the side WITHOUT guides shuts MUCH better (like with one finger). The side WITH the guides has always been a bit rough to close despite several people spending a good amount of time adjusting it. I was going to do an experiment and take them off of that side and see what happens. You never know! I'll let you all know.
    That is interesting. I may try the same thing. I have the ultra heavy chunks of hand-made stainless on both of 2100's doors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kajcienski View Post
    .... no indication that there was ever an installation on the driver's side...
    Does this door have the ruvnuts, as per my photo?

    andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyd View Post
    Does this door have the ruvnuts, as per my photo?

    andy
    It does indeed, but the concensus from those who have seen it is that nothing was ever actually mounted there. The other side has medium gray (color) plastic guides.
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    No Door Guides and No Guide Holes for VIN..1077 and VIN..1177

    At one point, a few years ago, I owned both VIN..1077 and VIN..1177, and both cars did not have door guides.

    In fact, both cars had "unmolested" doors, with the factory cut slots, with almost no scuffs or dings near these slots.

    VIN..1077 had the best fitting set of early doors I had ever opened and closed, including undamaged original door seals.

    I sold VIN..1077 a couple of years ago and it now resides back across the pond, being fully restored, slowly, over time.

    Attaching four photos of the door slots of VIN..1077 (both doors, both sides).

    1077_33.jpg

    1077_34.jpg

    1077_35.jpg

    1077_36.jpg

    Later,
    Rich W.

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    My car does have door guides, they are stainless. Wasn't aware these are not on all cars I thought it was part of the car.
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