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i have a 94 gt. to make things short i recked it a long time ago and the body shop did a bad job lining up my doors and fenders. at the time i was just happy to have my car back but after several years i figured i should try and line everything up, and i got a new fender and door since i bent them up recently. my problem is i am having trouble lining up the fenders and door and the hood. it seems i move one part and it effects another in the way they line up. i never thought there was so much movement to all the parts. is there a starting point , like positioning one part first before another to get them all to line up properly. i just want all the parts to be as close to original alignment as possible. i thought maybe the frame could not be perfect causing me to have problems lining everything. anybody out there any good at this stuff, i figure there has got to be an easier way. i am at a point now where they are close but you can still see uneven gaps. it seems if i move my fender a little bit than my hood don't line up and so on. just wandering if any body has any experience in this area, i don't want it to look like a wrecked car anymore.
 

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I would say that, logicaly, start by the door, it will be more simple the adjust since, without the fender, it have no moving part around. After, put the fender and align-it with the door and hood!

Hope this will help you
 

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Go from the old stuff first... make the front door fit the rear 1/4, then make the hood fit the other fender then line the new fender up with the hood and door, you might have to bend the fender a little to "make' them work.....

Did you get new parts, factory or aftermarket, or used?

Factory parts fit better than aftermarket, but I have had lots of factory parts that have been bent some diring shiping.


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Yor have any photos?
 

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Due to circumstances completely within my control (ie I let the body rust out), I ended up replacing both doors, both front fenders, the hood and the hatch on my 91 LX. That's every external body part you can remove. I went to a junker and stole it all.

You can get everything to line up perfectly if you have the time and care to (except maybe the hatch, which I wouldn't try to get perfect as long as it opens and closes).

You may have to drill ever-so-slightly larger holes where the bolts go through the body panels to give you some freedom of movement. Then you may want to back up the bolts with some larger fender washers to give you peace of mind.

Like I say, it can be done, but it'll take patience. Start with the doors for sure. I removed and rehung the doors by myself but I'd get a helper, 'cos they're a bit of a nuisance. You may have to adjust the door strikers too; they have a bit of built-in adjustibility. You may have bent door and hood hinges also, which make this exercise even more trying.

Eventually you'll give up and realize that it's still just an Escort and the chicks still dig your a$$ 'cos of the wad in your pants, not how your ride looks.
 

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thanks for the info. it is harder than it looks. i don't have any pics to load since i didn't think it is in shape yet for pictures. i will try starting with the doors. i too have replaced most of the front end from the yard. drivers side door, and passenger side fender. plus i had the hood off of it before and put new hinges on it since i suspected they were bent slightly. i did get new hinges for the door i replaced also. i like the idea of rounding out some of the holes, and i think i am going to try that. i have seen good body work done and they make it look so easy and perfect. just want the scort to look as good as it runs. patience seems to be the key.
 

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gluehead said:
just want the scort to look as good as it runs.
Oh jeez, I just about crapped my pants. If you saw my Escort, you wouldn't be taking advice on body work from me. Don't worry; the stuff I told you still applies, but if you saw my ride you'd think I was colour-blind or maybe just plain blind.

My little rocket is simply the ugliest car in Canada.

Little anecdote for your amusement...Last year, I was driving down the highway late one night dragging my fishing boat when all of a sudden, the hood flew open on me. I've seen some ridiculous things in my day, but that was pretty special. I needed a hood right away so off to the boneyard I went the next day.

The local graveyards didn't have a single LX. The only GTs were not nearly in my colour. I got greedy and stole every body part I could 'cos mine were really rotten.

I ended up with a little bit of LX and some GT in mine and a few different colours. It's just plain hideous, but it's all mine. My wife refuses to get in it. My employer doesn't want it near the plant. The cops are too scared to come anywhere near me. My dog won't even come close enough to piss on the tires.

You were asking for advice from a body guru. Guru might be a bit strong in my case.

Good luck.
 
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