A milestone date (not that I bother tracking this stuff anymore)…. door bottoms are fitted. 🙂 … but not without a fight.
Series Land Rover doors, consist of two parts…. the “bottoms” and the “tops”, these recent posts are, of course, the bottoms. Tops will come later once the roof is fitted.
The paint finish looks OK with the exception of a slight paint run under the passenger door handle but you’d have to know where it was.
So without further ado…..
5 mins searching the archives of the Series 2 Forum and the solution presented itself…. I can’t move the rear tub backwards as it won’t go backwards any further, so the door would have to move forwards. This in turn requires the bulkhead to be moved forwards a little bit. A common suggestion on the forum was to fit a large washer between the bulkhead and chassis at the point where fixes to the chassis. I have the old washers from the original bulkhead bolts, so used one of them and am please to say, it worked a treat.
So why didn’t they both fit perfectly, after all it’s the same rear tub and same bulkhead. It’s not unheard of that a bulkhead whilst being galvanised (which this one has been), can warp a little bit due to the heat shock of being dipped into molten zinc. The whole bulkhead is made from numerous, relatively thin, pieces of steel (2.5 – 3.0 mm) welded together, so its not surprised they warp a little.