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Out to impress

One of the best things about owning a classic is the admiring glances you get. Most of us keep our classics clean because we want people to comment on the quality of our car. Poor panel gaps, door fit and dropped hinges impresses no one. Neither does struggling with a door that sticks in the aperture.

Why do the gaps need adjusting?

The adage ‘no used car is a virgin’ sums this up rather well. Over time one of two things happens, door hinges ware out or the bodywork of the car is repaired and not quite put back how it was. As a general rule there is quite a lot of adjustment that can be made to put things right without major surgery.


Project Shop has a long history of perfecting these details. Over the last 10 years we have adjusted hundreds of doors and panels. Wether it is sorting out the wing gaps on a Triumph TR, or completely rehanging the doors on a 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL. We are well practiced at making things ‘fit’.

On that BMW, we also had to rework the driver’s door latch.  It was so worn it wasn’t giving a good closing action. With no new parts available, and no second-hand ones appearing in the timeframe we had the car, it was down to our gifted engineer John Weller to repair and fabricate the worn bits, then put it back together.

More than just door adjustment

With the BMW the doors a pillarless, so the position of the glass is key. John also fabricated the mounts for the electric windows, ensuring that the glass was back to factory perfection, rather than at an angle, fouling the door as it closed. This attention to detail takes time, but the work lifted an average, restored car up to a much higher, concours-winning level.

We can also improve door fits and panel shut lines on many sports cars such as TR2-3-4-5-6, MGs, Stags, Spitfires, Jaguars and the like.

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