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« Reply #120 on: September 13, 2021, 06:54:24 AM »

Trying to learn.. did they spot weld the edge of the door to add material and close the gap ?

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« Reply #121 on: September 13, 2021, 08:50:26 AM »
Yes.  On my Challenger they welded a small rod to the back of the doors and then ground it back to get the gap right.  I assume the same thing was done on the Dart.  The Dart has a fixed cowl that adds complexity as well.  The top of the door, cowl and fender all have to match.
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« Reply #122 on: October 13, 2021, 09:37:37 AM »
Haven't been to see the car in a month.  I need to get back over there sometime soon.  They have been sending me videos but not many pictures.  The car has been blocked a couple times and is almost ready for sealer.  The engine compartment has had a few rust pits filled, sanded and is ready for sealer.
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The reproduction gas cap I bought didn't fit right.  It sat at least 1/8" below the surface of the 1/4 panel.  At the Mopar Nats, I looked at a lot of A-bodies and most of them had the same issue.  The funny thing is that the aftermarket cap that came with the car fits fine.(it has a junk plastic handle on it though so it won't be used)I'm not sure what they ended up doing to fix it but it fits much better now.
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The bumpers have been fitted.  The front bumper fits ok but for some reason there was an issue with the rear.  It sat up way too high and hit the body just below the tail lights.  There is supposed to be a 3/8" rubber filler below the lights so the bumper needed to be lowered about 1/2".  Variations with the AMD bumpers vs original?  A half inch seems like an awful lot.
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On the home front I've been working on the rear end housing.  The housing is painted...I'm just waiting on a friend to have time to help me set up the gears in the center section.  Once the housing was painted I turned my attention to the leaf springs.  I've got a set of MP oval track springs with "0" arch.  They had crappy thin paint on them from the factory so I wire wheeled that all off and re-sprayed them with a semi-gloss black.  I was curious about the original springs and if they had any paint markings on them.  I have a bucket of EvapoRust so I soaked the front spring eyes for an hour to see if anything showed up.  EvapoRust is magic.  Look at those paint markings!  Now I want to try it with my original Challenger springs.
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I know the springs aren't the factory ones but I still like the look of factory paint markings so I couldn't help myself.  I added the markings to the new leaf springs and even the torsion bars.  I used Testors model paint and mixed different colors together to match the colors I found on the original parts.
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