I have new wood and 3 good doors for my '23 Model T touring Car. Before beginning to rewood the doors, I'm looking for suggestions that might help me avoid future assembly or alignment problems.
Are there any tips from someone who has done it.
I only know to mount the hinges on the body first, then attach the doors to the hinges.
What about inserting the new wood into the metal door for a snug, supportive, strengthening fit?
If you will send me your e-mail address I will forward you a copy of RV Anderson's 1923 low cowl roadster rewooding article. You can click on my name at the beginning of the posting and it brings up my profile. My e-mail address is the third line down. The article was published in the Nov-Dec 1986 "Vintage Ford" and the club allows us to share them for free for non-commerical use to promote our hobby and to help save a few more old Fords. Below he discusses how he would do the door wood.
Note like many other items on the Ford there are other ways it can also be done. One wood kit supplier years ago, cut the wood so it could be assembled inside the door without having to bend the metal. And I don't remember how he rejoined the cut wood (glue, nails, or what?). In general many folks recommend do NOT use glue on any joint that needs to flex. But if you cut a scarf joint to fit the wood in and then glue the scarf joint -- that part would not need to flex.
And from memory (not as good as it once was) one of the previous postings or articles mentioned fitting the door before nailing the wood pieces final. You can also stiffen the door shape with a piece of tine on the inside of the door nailed to the wood but covered by the upholstery.
Did you only have to do the doors or did you or someone else rewood the body also?
Good luck and I'm sure others will add their experiences with what worked for them (and hopefully a few warning about what didn't work so well).
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I made my own wood using the original for a pattern. I modified it slightly so I could slip it in the door without messing with the door sheet metal . With a little head scratching you should be able to do the same with a kit. I didn't take any how to pictures or remember exactly how I did it.
One other thing if you will braze the nuts to mount the door to a piece of sheet metal and screw that assembly to the door hinge post they will be captive and you can remove the door without messing with the upholstery.