Originally Posted by Road Ruler
A-Merry- Can.... I have done exactly what you are planning to do. When I purchaced the Airstream the door had spread over a half an inch at the top and bottom. Three layers of mickey mouse rubber seal to fill the gap was unacceptable.
I took some 1/8 inch aluminum plate and cut a curved piece that was fairly easy to rivit in place. There was lots of room for the plate and the door is very study now. I also did as you suggest. Made sure the corners were nice and tight. Will try to find an image of the fix and will post it.
man, that would be GREAT to see how you did it. my door is made out of 4 pieces riveted together. my plan is to make the new one out of one piece of 040. both the thickness and single plane construction should make it incredibly more rigid, at least horizontally. the bend, however will need to be addressed. you can see the crack at the latch in the photos. you can also see how much it bows out. if i press lightly on it, the door will fit really snug, it just bends at the crack. my door doesn't have a deadbolt either. i will probably add one, so the strengthening plate you suggest sounds like something i should definitely look into. i look forward to your pics!
also, does anyone know of a supplier for the plastic catch plate for teh door latch? mine is missing that as well. when i get done with this '59, about the only original parts left will be the end caps.