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XJ Half Doors Project
« on: January 14, 2013, 07:12:08 PM »
I have been planning on doing this for some time.  Before I make some tube doors, I have wanted to make some short doors for mall crawling in the Fall & Spring. 

Scored a nice CL find this weekend: 4 complete doors from a Laredo, and an upper steering shaft, all for $50.

Stripped them of everything except the exterior handle & latch mechanism.

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 07:25:51 PM »
First door roughed in today.  Lots to do still.

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 09:25:29 AM »
Lay out your work with masking tape then step back and look. Easy to change tape line not so easy to put metal back. What are your plans for latching the doors?
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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 09:34:04 AM »
Tape is good advice.  I am using the stock door handles/latches and hinges, just cutting down the doors.  I have a friend (Russ) in Peoria who made a front set like these a few years back, and I really like them.
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 04:07:30 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2013, 05:40:40 AM »
very cool, how did you get these from Laredo?  Did you get them by freight? Check out this guys YouTube channel - BleepenJeep.

http://youtu.be/jjn4bGBsW2o   How to make removeable half doors.  ;D

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2013, 07:20:44 AM »
Looks very cool Kent.

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2013, 07:37:14 AM »
I found them on CL in Peoria and picked them up.  I had him cut the hinges off the donor Jeep so could modify them to match my existing modified stock removable doors.

Thanks for the link Stephen.  Fun to watch how others do things.  I intend for mine to be "finished" a little more than his.  I also cut the top frames out of the doors, as since the glass is gone, they are merely boat anchors.

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2013, 06:39:06 PM »
Very cool, I don't know if I want to do this to my rig.  I will have to see how yours turn out.
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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2013, 08:16:56 PM »
Cut down the other rear door and the drivers door tonight.  Passenger next, then cut down the hinges.

Doors look a bit primitive, but like the love of a mother, I can see their potential!

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2013, 07:06:26 PM »
All doors roughed out.  The doors are just hanging on the Jeep.  They are MUCH lighter than the stock ones.

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2013, 07:15:59 AM »
Looks great  ;D

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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2013, 09:19:46 AM »
Looks like a great idea.  I assume they are junk yard doors cut up to fit.

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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2013, 10:12:49 AM »
Looks like a great idea.  I assume they are junk yard doors cut up to fit.
They were pretty nice when I started...they were off a Laredo Cherokee.  They were all electric with windows and cloth panels.  I then gutted them to use this way...so I guess they would qualify as junk yard doors.   ;D
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Re: XJ Half Doors Project
« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2013, 07:40:46 AM »
Very nice progress, I like them very much!!
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