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Well, since I don't have permission to use this one ......



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I do, however, have 2 thumbs up from the wife, to use something like this.....



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Although, yes, I have to round the top of it to fit!

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No comments on the door? Really? I'm surprised. Lol. Hey, whatever.

First step for tonight was to tack weld the loop for the upper door frame to a piece of scrap steel.



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Second step, is to take the other end, use a clamp, and pull the bottom apart just a little bit. I pulled it about 1/2" farther apart than what it should be when everything is welded. We'll see how much pull we get after welding all the slits together.



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Then we weld all the slits and after it's done, hold it up to the frame where it needs to be welded to, and see how much it pulled together.

As you can see at the bottom on both sides, it pulled just a little too much. Close up pictures coming.



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Looking at a close up on the left side, we can see that this side is pulled in about 1/2" more than what it should be.



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The right side shows the same deal. About 1/2" pulled inward.

As I said, welding heat will always pull towards the side where the heat is applied. The more welds on a given side, the more "pull" you'll get.



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Next will be to straighten up the last few inches on each side, so it lines up correctly. I may put one slit on the outside a few inches up from the bottom, and that should straighten things out pretty well.

One slit and one weld on the outside on each side should do it, two at the most, and we'll be good to go. Yay!

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Maybe you should rent a shrinking and stretching machine. The guy a the body shop has one he does some twenty's and thirty's car repair with. O may be A English wheel. Eastwood makes a English wheel.

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femailyetti wrote:

Maybe you should rent a shrinking and stretching machine. The guy a the body shop has one he does some twenty's and thirty's car repair with. O may be A English wheel. Eastwood makes a English wheel.



Since this is just a one off, I'll just deal with it. I am almost ready to weld this into place.

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