Vintage4x4parts Seller on Ebay- Front Doors (1 Viewer)

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Another lower-risk option I'm considering is buying landcruiser heaven's outer door skins. If I get stiffed, I'd be bummed but not devastated. I'm willing to do some surgery to graft these on- anything but welding on the flat open areas of the outer skins. Bottom line, there are options out there, but nothing is plug and play...


As for these companies being under-capitalized and not holding inventory- I agree. It perhaps tells you about their level of faith in their products that they're not willing to put their own money at risk.
 

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Problem #2, the goofballs haven’t figured out the doors / skins need to be shipped in a decent box. LCH sent me three doors before I got an undamaged one. Ridiculous. Would you believe bubble wrap and packing tape?
 
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My Columbian rear fenders where heaved into a cut-down refrigerator box, loosely taped shut, and oddly were only slightly damaged upon arrival. Maybe some more shipping damage could have made them fit better ;).
 
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I picked up a pair of those full doors - similar to the play above, figured worst case they'd be expensive donor skins but not a total loss. My OEM doors had already been patched up once before, and they rotted again well above where any typical patch panel would go.

They're about as expected...seems like the die stamping is ok, but they were a bit warped from assembly. The hinge pocket shape is just slightly different in the curve (but more rounded vs the ever so slight trapezoid shape of the OEM), but I don't think most would notice offhand. I did some initial jigging/working on them, and they're falling into shape, but definitely not bolt-on/ready to go by any means. Drivers door was mainly the window frame, which was easier to work...passenger door has a bow in the rear lip on the main body, which is taking a bit more to straighten but I think it'll get there. Haven't tried any of the latches yet, but the hinge points did line up correctly.

The door pair at least shipped in a plywood freight box, but they were just bubble wrapped together and plopped inside unsecured.
 
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Did your door stay line up?
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Nope, looks about like yours - good catch. Doesn't look too bad to fix (bust out the spot welds and retack it), but definitely needed to catch before paint...after is a bit more of a pickle. I didn't snag a photo, but my driver's door has one of the hinge recesses off center...but only that door. The hinge itself seems in the right spot, but it's not centered in the pocket...super odd.

I'm working on the front clip at the moment...fighting some aftermarket fenders (Taiwan via CCOT). Seems like the passenger side is assembled wonky there too...go figure. I'll be back at the doors next, slowly working to realign everything. Feels a bit 50/50 as to whether to use the replacement doors with some bending, or to bite the bullet and cut the lower off and patch my OEM up...but that pinch seam is pretty rough for quite a way up the door, past where typical patch panels go.

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Holy Jeeze that's a lot of rust! Good on you for bringing her back!

Is the hinge recess off center enough that it's easily noticeable?
 
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My hat is off to anyone in the Midwest working with old Toyotas. I grew up in Michigan and in high school, I saw one FJ40 that was not more than 6 years old, and it had a grapefruit-sized rust hole in the rear fender (already, at that time) and rust everywhere else.
 
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Believe it or not, we redid it once before in '88...lower door patches, rockers, front fenders, rear door, tub reskinned. :oops:
It was a daily driver, it earned it's keep...we've had it since new. I'm guessing it likely would've ended up a parts donor vs fixing, but it's got some extra sentimental value.

Poked at the doors a bit, looks like it's moreso the captive nuts/holes that are off vs the pocket/dimple. If I pull the rear two, I can get the hinge/door to sit better...hinge actually sits cockeyed if you use all three. Easier fix at least...but... 🤔

The set I received is definitely racked/twisted too - curious how @fjc-man found his in that regard. I'm sure I can work them back, but the window frames on mine were very twisted outward.

Squared up:
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Hole error:
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Crooked hinge with the bolts all installed:
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And a comparison view of the OEM pocket - can see it follows the hinge shape a bit better. Bit more pointed, less rounded, like the hinge itself:

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My hat is off to anyone in the Midwest working with old Toyotas. I grew up in Michigan and in high school, I saw one FJ40 that was not more than 6 years old, and it had a grapefruit-sized rust hole in the rear fender (already, at that time) and rust everywhere else.

Correct. Any Northeast FJ40 that was not babied rusted real fast. Especially with winters using salt on roads.
 

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