2002colossalfailure
2002colossalfailure Reader
10/31/17 11:21 a.m.

I have to remove and replace both doors on my 1996 Dodge Neon.  Driver's side is rusted through and Passenger's side is smashed in.  I have replacements, and since it's a 2-door they're awkward.  Is there a specific way I should approach this job?  I expect there is an order I should follow to make sure I don't bend or otherwise damage anything.  

NEALSMO
NEALSMO UberDork
10/31/17 11:53 a.m.

Floor jack to support the bottom and adjust height and a second person to stabilize.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver PowerDork
10/31/17 2:33 p.m.

Managed to fly solo and secure the doors on my spitfire a few months back flying solo with a jack.  Took a couple trys to have them adjusted just right though.  (more shutability than gaps, because british racecar)

 

RevRico
RevRico UltraDork
10/31/17 2:36 p.m.

If you even think you're cross threading a bolt, STOP.

Passenger door on the miata was cake, drivers door I crossed one bolt(of 6) and it's been stiff to open and close since. Stiff meaning leave the window down so you can yank on the door to open it. 

 

A second person would really help, but a floor jack and patience will get it done. 

2002colossalfailure
2002colossalfailure Reader
11/1/17 5:22 p.m.

Thanks, I have a floor jack and labor I can conscript plus a Haynes.  Hopefully that will be enough.

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
11/18/17 10:58 a.m.

Late to the party here..  (As usual)  But one thing that helps on a job like this.  Screw a two or three inch stud in the upper hinge hole.   Work the door over to the opening and "hang" it on the stud.  Use a nut on the stud if you want to keep the hinge from sliding off.  This will hold some of the awkward weight of the door while you start other bolts.

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