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dhsfan1 06-22-2019 05:13 PM

best fitting aftermarket doors
 
I've searched the forum for opinions but still not finding what i need to know. What manufacturer is the better bet to get a good fitting door. Sherman, Goodmark, APC, Dynacorn?
please help.

Fastang68 06-22-2019 05:19 PM

Find some good original doors. IMO you will be happier with the fit and look vice aftermarket doors.

65Les 06-22-2019 05:41 PM

Call National Parts Depot, they will know.

Klutch 06-23-2019 12:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fastang68 (Post 10184942)
Find some good original doors. IMO you will be happier with the fit and look vice aftermarket doors.

Well, if that was an option, we really wouldn't need reproduction doors. Seriously, it's getting quite difficult to find original Mustang doors these days. When you do find them, they are almost always completely clapped out. When they're not clapped out, they are VERY expensive.

So, to the OP's question, as suggested above, call NPD and ask for the best available. They'll know what it is and they will have it.

FYI, companies like Dynacorn are resellers. They don't make anything. They buy parts from different manufacturers and it's always changing. There's no way hobbyists like us can keep up with. NPD does keep up with it.

I ordered reproduction doors from NPD for my 1970 Mustang. I think they were from Golden Legion. They actually fit better than the factory doors. (My factory doors were rusted beyond any hope of repair.)

66Ccode 06-23-2019 07:09 AM

I picked up a set of doors from CJís..There listed as CJ Classics. Fit was very good, I had to move the upper hinge cage on the left door. But overall happy with the fit and finish..

kellysedars 06-23-2019 08:36 AM

I bought Dynacorn (65/6) doors from CJ and had very bad luck with fit issues. It took a ton of straightening and body work to get the contours to line up right. The driver door was so bad, I ended up getting another set from NPD. I don’t know the brand name, but they are actually less expensive, the description says “tested for excellent fit”. These were MUCH better, especially at the gap at the top of the fender. The Dynacorn shape just wasn’t parallel to the body line of the fender. I decided to live with the passenger door, because of the amount of work to swap it, and it was somewhat better fitted. I’m now using that second door on my current project, and am very happy with the fit. I have an original door in fair shape for the driver side. It had some minor rust holes in the lower edge. I sandblasted, then used lead filler to replair them, and brazing in a few spots around the latch. Some POR-15, then epoxy primer.

The biggest problem with both of the brands of replacement doors is the texture of the interior door stamping. It is not as deep and detailed as original stampings. Still, it works out to be a solid stand-in. It ends up looking like an old door with one too many layers of paint in the interior.

RTM 06-23-2019 09:11 AM

I spoke with NPD and was told the Golden Legion doors fit the best but the wing window fit wasn't perfect. But the heavier gauge doors, forget who makes them had a better fitting wing window but over all fit wasn't as good as the Golden Legion doors. This was for my 66 coupe. I have yet to buy doors or fenders but plan on going with the Golden Legion parts. This is after researching it and hearing directly from NPD.

Lightning 06-23-2019 11:35 AM

Ive seen alot of comments about the fit at the top of the door at the fender. I bought a pair of 65/66 Dynacorn doors from CJPP in July of 2015 and just got them installed this past winter. Mine also have the odd shaped gap on top at the fender, however I chose not to fix it because the original date coded doors I took off the car looked exactly the same. Actually the fit of both dynacorn doors was exactly like the originals, with the exception of the front upper hole for the passengers side wing window needing to be opened up, based on everything I had read I found it surprising they fit so well. I will say it took 2 attempts to get decent doors from CJ's, the first pair looked they were dropped from an airplane when I opened the boxes.

69bossnine 06-24-2019 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RTM (Post 10185150)
I spoke with NPD and was told the Golden Legion doors fit the best but the wing window fit wasn't perfect. But the heavier gauge doors, forget who makes them had a better fitting wing window but over all fit wasn't as good as the Golden Legion doors. This was for my 66 coupe. I have yet to buy doors or fenders but plan on going with the Golden Legion parts. This is after researching it and hearing directly from NPD.

Finally back in the saddle from the weekend, and I think I need to clear up a bit of confusion (it's easy to get confused on these doors LOL!!)

Our more-expensive heavier-gauge doors with the more-substantial reinforcement bar come from Musclecar GT (MGT), which is the same place that Dynacorn gets them from. Essentially the same doors.

Our less-expensive doors come from Golden Legion (GL).

Good friends of mine who've been in the Mustang Restoration business for decades (they used to do all the install work for Mustang Monthly) had been using the thicker/heavier doors from MGT/Dynacorn, but had to modify them in the vent-window area to get things to fit properly.

Earlier this year I shipped them a pair of our less-expensive GL doors to test-install, and lo-and-behold, THEY PREFERRED them. Said that they had their own little short-list of "tweaks" needed, but that overall they fit better out of the box, and there were no issues to be dealt with in the vent-window areas.

So the above-quoted post had things switched-up a bit. The GL doors are the doors that do not have vent window issues.

Hope this adequately explains/elaborates things for the O.P..

Either way, either manufacturer door will get you to the finish line with a decent fit. It's just a matter of what's more important to you.. 1-gauge thicker metal and a bigger bar inside the door, or better fit and execution right out of the box.

Rick
NPD

fordguy 06-24-2019 02:35 PM

if you're patient and don't mind hunting, good oem doors can still be had cheap. I bought two oem rust free door shells for, sit down, $40 for the passenger side, and $100 for my driver side. you just need cash in hand and be ready to jump when they come up.

dhsfan1 06-28-2019 03:46 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I'm going to try and find some used OEM doors. I onto a lead with a guy who has some decent doors he says but he's just hard to set up a time with because he travels a lot.

JT

Groundpounder17 06-28-2019 05:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fordguy (Post 10186018)
if you're patient and don't mind hunting, good oem doors can still be had cheap. I bought two oem rust free door shells for, sit down, $40 for the passenger side, and $100 for my driver side. you just need cash in hand and be ready to jump when they come up.

Where are you hunting to find your parts? I donít even need doors but for those prices I would scoop them up

fordguy 06-29-2019 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Groundpounder17 (Post 10189032)
Where are you hunting to find your parts? I donít even need doors but for those prices I would scoop them up

those are not the normal, but it does happen. believe it or not, CL of all places

mrbreez 06-30-2019 01:41 AM

Be patient you can't bet the fit of an orginal parts.

66Ccode 06-30-2019 07:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 69bossnine (Post 10185930)
Finally back in the saddle from the weekend, and I think I need to clear up a bit of confusion (it's easy to get confused on these doors LOL!!)

Our more-expensive heavier-gauge doors with the more-substantial reinforcement bar come from Musclecar GT (MGT), which is the same place that Dynacorn gets them from. Essentially the same doors.

Our less-expensive doors come from Golden Legion (GL).

Good friends of mine who've been in the Mustang Restoration business for decades (they used to do all the install work for Mustang Monthly) had been using the thicker/heavier doors from MGT/Dynacorn, but had to modify them in the vent-window area to get things to fit properly.

Earlier this year I shipped them a pair of our less-expensive GL doors to test-install, and lo-and-behold, THEY PREFERRED them. Said that they had their own little short-list of "tweaks" needed, but that overall they fit better out of the box, and there were no issues to be dealt with in the vent-window areas.

So the above-quoted post had things switched-up a bit. The GL doors are the doors that do not have vent window issues.

Hope this adequately explains/elaborates things for the O.P..

Either way, either manufacturer door will get you to the finish line with a decent fit. It's just a matter of what's more important to you.. 1-gauge thicker metal and a bigger bar inside the door, or better fit and execution right out of the box.

Rick
NPD


Rick, So how do you tell one door from another? Do you know where CJ get there doors from? They have there regular line of doors and the CJ Classicís..Thanks


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