Hey guys. Gotta do some sheet metal work on the door opening for my '23 roadster. I was just wondering what's a good size for the door gap? I'd like to have it seal fairly close, but I understand these cars weren't built to the most exacting tolerances. Anybody have any suggestions?
There's not a lot that you can do. Start by making sure you're working on a FLAT surface. If the body is on the chassis, the chassis must be straight and flat on top. Make sure the heel panel is solid and fixed so there's no spread to the wood frame. The metal follows the wood. The hinges are on one side of the door opening and the latch on the other. The hinges should be straight and the door fills the hole. After that, it is what it is.
Get it as close as possible, but not too close, and remember too, when it's finished putting the top up will bring it even closer.
Thanks guys. Just trying to close up some of the big spaces in the door gap before I paint.