Originally Posted by aholmquist
Greetings! I am working on my 1978 AS Sovereign
31' that I just purchased for a steal of a price and am realizing that the front door is bent. It looks as though the front door handle broke off and they couldn't get in so they attempted to pry open the door and bent the frame.
Is there any way to get this bad boy bent back into shape?
It seems like the top is bent out and the bottom is bent out as well. I'm not sure if you can tell from this photo but you can see a tweak in the frame a little. It makes it so the front door is not water/air tight. I am currently gutting the AS but need to get all of the windows, doors and holes weather tight before fall/winter hits because I am up in Montana.
Check the frame very carefully at the lock striker bolt. You most likely will find it crack.
That being the case, the frame will need to be welded back together in that area.
You must remove all the inside metal of the door, align the door frame, and then weld it.
Check to make sure the door frame matches the door jamb. If it does, then reinstall the inside door sheet metal, USING ALL NEW HOLES.
Check the door again, and if it's alignment is OK, then fill in all the original holes with rivets.
The original rivet holes, especially in the sheet metal have enlarged. Therefore you must not use them to hold the door frame shape. Filling the old holes in is for cosmetic purposes only.