Pre 1979.5 passenger door

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Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by Driftwood » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:05 am

I salvaged a 83 door with electronics (Right rear pax door) knowing I would have latch issues, But I'm tired looking at the collision damage on mine. I'll do my best to document the swap.

I'll post pics, but if you see the dreaded dash ( - ) sorry, I use google photos for my pic storage.
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Post by Driftwood » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:07 am

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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by Driftwood » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:13 am

The issue with the 1983 door I salvaged is the latch and striker plate. They are different from my Pre 1979.5 latch and striker.

Pre 1979.5 Striker plate - 3 mounting screws
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1983 Striker plate - 2 mounting screws
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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by Driftwood » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:16 am

Pre 1979.5 latch mechanism

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1983 latch mechanism

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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by Driftwood » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:19 am

Pre 1979.5 latch mechanism bolt pattern. The 3 bolt hole pattern is slightly different from the 1983 pattern below.
The main difference is the lower 2 bolt holes.
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1983 latch mechanism bolt pattern. I will alter the 2 lower bolt holes so the door will accept the Pre 1979.5 latch mechanism.
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Side by side comparison. Note the 2 lower bolt holes in each pic. The 1983 door will require drilling to accept the Pre 1979.5 latch mechanism.
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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by fulsizjeep » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:20 am

I put a 81 drivers door on a 76 once almost 20 years ago. I was able to install the 76 latch in the 81 door. Required one hole to be drilled if I remember right.
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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by fulsizjeep » Sun Aug 23, 2020 9:59 am

Ah yes, you are looking right at the spot with that last picture. :-bd
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88 GW, 401/727/208, 5" lift, D44s/4.10s/locked up, 35s, a few Evil Twin mods, http://eviltwinfab.com and a few TT's Fabworks mods, http://www.ttsfabworks.com
76 401 Wag, 77 401 Wag, 77 401 J20
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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by Driftwood » Sun Aug 23, 2020 12:44 pm

Removing the glass window to swap it into the 1983 door was a challenge.

You have to rotate the glass 90 degrees inside the door, then feed it up and out.

I followed the TSM window removal instructions and used extra muscle. :evil:

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Re: Pre 1979.5 passenger door

Post by Driftwood » Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:57 pm

No update on the door after I hung it. Aligning it was PAINFULL. It will be painted soon. Will post pics then.
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