View Full Version : sumo door hanging

18-08-03, 10:44 PM
I spent the latter part of last week hanging the doors on my sumo. I've come up against a strange situation where the doors don't fit properly.
The drivers side went on well and the panel gaps are quite tight, very much so when it comes to the edge that meets the dash area, but when i fitted the passenger door although i got the panel gap neat all the way round where the door meets the dash there is a huge gap (ok, about half inch). anyone else had this problem? I assume the doors are made in moulds so they shouldn't really be different but these are! what do you think????
1st pic is drivers gap by dash
2nd pic is passengers gap by dash
3rd pic is passengers door showing shut lines

19-08-03, 03:03 PM
The door hanging is a b**ch anyway, but if you look on Tony Breskis website http://homepage.ntlworld.com/tony.breski/ you'll see there are a couple of really good shots that show the difference between the two sides/door openings of the Sumo tub - its not symmetrical, mould allegedly taken from a smashed Cobra.
One of the down sides of a Pilgrim....:)

19-08-03, 04:03 PM
I've already looked at that site and i couldn't see any noticeable difference in the distance from the wheel arch to the edge of the door, what tony breski is measuring is the difference in the mould lengths which i don't think makes too much of a difference, making me think though...

20-08-03, 09:21 PM
Hi Tony,

Your side pipes are coming soon!!!

One of the doors on the pilgrim is 14mm bigger than the other!!

The trick is to fit the door with a good shut line across the top then make the BODY fit the door.

do this by adjusting the sills ect.

The only way to get a"perfect" fit is to use filler n' stuff before it gets sprayed.

21-08-03, 09:25 AM
If you look closely at the two sides you can see that from the wheel arch to the edge of the door opening is bigger on one side by almost an inch (I think). This would indicate that one of the doors is longer than the other.

This will be backed up when you look at how the doors fit against the bulkhead. You will notice, even in your photos, that the drivers side door appears to step in slightly from the curve of the bulkhead from the centre of the car. The passenger side sits more flush. I've noticed this on just about every other Sumo I've looked at, although the step off varies with how well the rest of the doors have been fitted.

I've attached one of your pics with this highlighted.

Tony B

22-08-03, 05:09 PM
I was getting the same problem with the area highlighted not aligning correctly - and yes I also found the drivers side door easier to fit than than tother.

The 'step' can be better aligned by angling in the bottom of the door, the sills then need to be pushed in to accomodate for this adjustment.

Dan ~ http://homepage.ntlworld.com/danny.mann/