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Old 02-13-2004, 02:52 PM   #1
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Unhappy Door frame cracked

When inspecting my door, because it does not close flush, I found that there is a crack in the door casting. It is just below the latch/dead bolt area. I will post a picture this evening. Is this something that I can just bend back and weld up, or do I need to find an other door? I'm thinking that I may need to reskin the door anyway do to the fact that it has a lot of holes from hasps and carrage bolts. Don't ask, it was the PO not me.

It is the little surprises like this that keep my spirt low...... Maybe I will have to part this baby out and find a better canadate for rehab.
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Old 02-13-2004, 03:37 PM   #2
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Till,
Don't get discouraged! For certain, if you get a "newer" A/S there will surely be other surprises, and you will wish that you stood the course with what you presently have.
Think of it as a learning experience for your next A/S.
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Till,

Consider your luck! You have a door that is easily removed. I would pull it, de skin it and take to the local MIG welder and have them fix it. That is what a dealer would do. Then when you put it back together you will be able to fix (via replacement of the skins) all the holes, etc. You will save money over a newer door for sure.

One of the things I keep telling myself is that I cannot buy what I have for what I have invested on the new market. And that only speaks to functionality!
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Here are the shots. My next question is, how do I get the right curvature?
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one more...

I got a quote on a 4 X 12 foot sheet of Alcald 2024T3 .032" to my door stapted to a skid... $250
Looks like I may just be ordering it sooner than I thought.
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Damn crying shame what some ignoramus will do to a fine Airstream.
Hope your repair goes well.
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Ted,

A couple of things.

If that is all the worse the crack is just have it welded. The shop will want to try to close it up before they grind it out to fill it.

I could be wrong but the seam on the door should line up with the seam on the shell????

Looking at that, it the seam lines up on the hinge side I would check the door frame itself in the bootm corner on the hinge side.

If the door has been reskinned and the job was that botched you want to redo it anyway. I would bet real money that the additional hardware installed was done AFTER the door flew open in transit.
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I think your right.

Dude, three rivets!!!!!
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Looking at that picture the inner skins look salvageable.

I cannot tell if the exterior skin at the hinge lines up, but the hinge itself looks OK.
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I got a quote on a 4 X 12 foot sheet of Alcald 2024T3 .032" to my door stapted to a skid... $250
Looks like I may just be ordering it sooner than I thought.
You could get it cheaper from airparts inc.
Have them coil it and ship UPS. Go to page 3. $12.80/ft, 48" wide
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I just got there catalog, and your right!! Much ceeper.

I can Order the size pieces I need too boot.
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