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Fiat Spider Door

Post by fp55scca » Tue May 15, 2018 2:30 pm

--Hi guys. I posted in parts Wanted, the need for an early Fiat 124 Spider driver's side door. Sadly, while loading out for the track last Thursday, my neighbor backed into my '72 Fiat Spider. Please see my post in parts "Wanted". Thanks.
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Re: Fiat Spider Door

Post by friedman » Wed May 16, 2018 8:35 am

Wow, sorry to see that damage. Our condolences.
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Re: Fiat Spider Door

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Wed May 16, 2018 12:01 pm

That hurts..! all the way up here in Croton on Hudson ... I feel your pain ...
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Post by fp55scca » Wed May 16, 2018 8:43 pm

--Thanks guys. I'm still a little numb, but in the big scheme of things, it could be worse....

--Locating a suitable replacement door for an early Spider has proved more difficult than I anticipated! Still looking for help! :(

--You really can't tell from the pic, but the hit on the B-pillar caused the upper surface of the rear quarter to distort slightly as well. This is due to the strength of the curved divider-panel between the rear seat and the trunk, and the heavy gauge inner rear fender wells. This design lends great structural strength to the chassis, but when the B-pillar is hit at this angle, something had to give, and the weak point is the rear quarter panel. We intend to straighten it on a laser equipped frame machine.
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Re: Fiat Spider Door

Post by PhillySpider » Wed May 16, 2018 10:52 pm

Ouch, sorry for your troubles. Bright side, she'll enjoy all the attention :) .
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Re: Fiat Spider Door

Post by friedman » Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 am

I was going to ask if there was any damage to the A and B pillars since that is a solid hit to the door.
I guess you can still do what John suggested and get a later door and install your early door latches.
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Re: Fiat Spider Door

Post by fp55scca » Thu May 17, 2018 11:26 am

friedman wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:55 am
I guess you can still do what John suggested and get a later door and install your early door latches.
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--Carl, I'm holding that out as an option, but making an early door out of a later one is a little easier said than done. Just so others understand, it involves making a pattern to trace and cut out the section that contains the early latch, which falls 1 inch lower than a later one. Then cutting an identical section from the later door, and finally welding in the donor latch section. Of course, grinding to make it all invisible.... It can be done, but I'd like to avoid doing all that if I could. :(
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