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How to reskin a door

Bodywork is a skill which some desperately aspire to master and others will do anything to avoid. But then again, there are phases of auto bodywork that do cross into the mechanical realm, more so than say smearin' body filler and spraying noxious mixtures of urethane. What I'm talking about is more of the R&R end of the trade-you know, using wrenches and hammers and things. Here I thought I'd give you a quick lesson in replacing a commonly damaged (unfortunately) component that every Chevy owner has at least two of--doorskins.

Now don't get nervous, reskinning a door is actually one of the easier tasks in the autobody realm; it ranks right up there with removing and replacing a fender. Well, OK, it might be a little more involved than that, but it's nothing that a moderately experienced car guy should be terrified to try. The following images and captions (thanks to Orlando of American Muscle Cars for letting me look over his shoulder) should help you get a grasp of how to tackle a job like this. And though this is an early Chevy II door assembly, the same procedures hold true for nearly all steel doors. So take a look for yourself and decide if this is a chore you may consider doing yourself--hey, it very well may save you a bundle of cash on your next resto.

American Muscle Cars
10199 Riverford Rd., Suite B
CA  92040
Dynacorn International
Chevy 2 Only
P.O. Box 985, Dept. SC
Mt. Washington
KY  40047
PSC Coating
10051 GREENLEAF AVE., Dept. SC
CA  90670
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