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1953 Front door interchangeably
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Hi, The drivers side door on my Clipper Sportster is damaged near the a pillar / hinge area. When I first purchased the car the door would not close because the latch mechanism was broken. I found the parts at the bottom of the door and fixed the latch setup.

Now the door is not closing all the way, it looks like it's sitting to high at the A pillar area. I removed the door to have a look at everything and the whole area next the the hinges is all bent. It's really hard to explain because it doesn't look to have any accident damage to the door.

I can take pictures and post them if you guys want to see what I'm talking about.

Anywho, I'm wondering if the doors are the same from 51-54 or just 53-54?

Thanks guys,

-Chris

Posted on: 2016/1/22 2:03
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Re: 1953 Front door interchangeably
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Hi Chris

Packard changed the windshield/A-pillar/front door frame for all sedans for the '53 models so only 1951-52 interchange and only 1953-54 interchange. See small pictures. They were going for a more hardtop look for the sedans was the motivation.

Please post pictures, there is plenty of worthwhile advice here once we see pictures to determine what to do.

Steve

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Posted on: 2016/1/22 8:28
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Re: 1953 Front door interchangeably
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All Hard Top and Convertible 53-54 use the same front door.

All Sedans 53-54 use the same front doors.

With the obvious exception of the trim holes. Replacement doors from packard came with no holes drilled and it was up to the dealer/body shop to drill the "blank" to match the door it replacing.

If you door is mangled as you say, I would also make sure to replace the hinges themselves as they may also be damaged.

Posted on: 2016/1/22 11:16
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You might get in touch with Gerry at Packards Southwest. As I recall from one of the photos he posted there were quite a few doors from that period lined up. He might have the one your model needs already having the correct trim holes.

Posted on: 2016/1/22 11:29
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Here's the thread where Gerry(packardssouthwest) advertised doors.

Posted on: 2016/1/22 18:16
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58L8134 wrote:
Hi Chris

Packard changed the windshield/A-pillar/front door frame for all sedans for the '53 models so only 1951-52 interchange and only 1953-54 interchange. See small pictures. They were going for a more hardtop look for the sedans was the motivation.

Please post pictures, there is plenty of worthwhile advice here once we see pictures to determine what to do.

Steve



Thank you very much for the great info Steve. I wasn't aware of those changed between those years. I was worried before when I thought I had four years of doors but now even more so because I only have two years :(

Here are some pictures I took to show what I'm talking about. Sorry about the poor lighting btw.

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All Hard Top and Convertible 53-54 use the same front door.

All Sedans 53-54 use the same front doors.

With the obvious exception of the trim holes. Replacement doors from packard came with no holes drilled and it was up to the dealer/body shop to drill the "blank" to match the door it replacing.

If you door is mangled as you say, I would also make sure to replace the hinges themselves as they may also be damaged.



Thank you for the great info Kev. That's pretty interesting about the door blanks. I didn't even consider the trim holes being different between the two years. I'll have to figure that out if I find a door off of a 54.



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You might get in touch with Gerry at Packards Southwest. As I recall from one of the photos he posted there were quite a few doors from that period lined up. He might have the one your model needs already having the correct trim holes.


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Ozstatman wrote:
Here's the thread where Gerry(packardssouthwest) advertised doors.



Thank you HH56 and Ozstatman for that info. I'm going to try and see if I can find one locally first and if not then I will certainly get a hold of Gerry.


-Chris

Posted on: 2016/1/23 4:21
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Re: 1953 Front door interchangeably
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It not that the trim holes are different between just the years, but between different models even in the same year. Unless you find a door off of the same model you have, there is going to be some hole welding and drilling required.

Posted on: 2016/1/23 13:08
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Wouldn't the '51 and '52 250 Mayfair and convertible also have the same hardtop door as the '53 and '54 hardtops and convertibles? they also had the squared corners, unlike the rounded corners of the sedans.

Posted on: 2016/1/23 13:11
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Looks like the door has been "sprung". Caught on something while it was open......

John

Posted on: 2016/1/23 13:31
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Even on the Hardtops and Convertibles the 51-52 and 53-54 are different as are the windshields. When in doubt, the Parts List always settles the arguments.

Posted on: 2016/1/23 19:00
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