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Hello board members. Just bought a salvaged Silverado. Damage looked minimal, Rocker panel and cab corner replacement. The door was hit as well so I figured junk yard replacement. Before we replace the cab corner and rocker panel we figured we would throw the new door on and test the fitment. Well as usual we found that the door does not fit properly. Upon further inspection I found a bubble in the cab right behind the cab corner. Obviously we think the cab crunched inwards a bit. We are thinking about spot drilling the cab corner and knocking it back forward to meet the door. My worry is maybe we could get it close by just bending the door hinges as you can see in the pictures the door sucks in 1/3 of an inch at the top. In the middle its close and at the bottom it sticks out about 3/4 of an inch. There is no Frame damage. Please look at the pictures and give insight.
I must admit to not being a collision repair guy, so I would take that truck to a collision shop and have them measure and pull everything back where it should be, then bring it back home and finish the work. IMO you would be asking for trouble by trying to mask the collision damage.
if the door hinge area didnt take a hit i wouldnt touch the hinges. if you just want to get the door close, a trick ive done quite a few times is put a block of wood at the top or bottom- whichever is tweaked in too far- and push on the opposite end of the door. take your time and think like the door.
i think id start with a block about at the bottom of the window and pushing on the bottom
might want to take the window out when doing it,too.
Appears that The aft Door Frame is bent in needs and needs some light Pulls.
That pull on the bottom aft of the door frame is Gonna be Hard, definitely gonna need a Tram gauge and remove the seat to measure it I would think.
I am not there to inspect it though nor am I any sort of collision repair man!
Just a Hack Guess at best! Your better off in a shop that does collision work.
A good Collision shop shouldn't charge all that much to do a few pulls on that. after you could bring it home to finish like Chevman said.
I made my own Puller by chaining down my Engine Hoist to the Floor and using a Come along and my Spot welder. A lot of guys scoff at it but it works for light pulls.
You can also Make your own tram gauge to check squareness check out Youtube Tram gauge. You still need to know the correct locations to measure from and the exact dimensions, you'll need the correct shop manuals for that.
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