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post #1 of 21 Old 06-28-2008, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Should I make full doors into half doors?

Here is the deal. A guy gave me set of full hard doors and they are perfect. Only problem is there is no parts what so ever in them. Glass, seals hinges, ect nothing at all. So I'm thinking it would cost me close to 300 a piece to redo them both to like new. What are your thoughts?


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post #2 of 21 Old 06-28-2008, 10:13 PM
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my thoughts are you are going to F up a perfect set of doors trying to make them into half doors when you can do one or two other things instead. Keep the shells you have and wait. A set of rusted out doors will show up that are good and work othewise, just rusted or dented up.....buy them cheap (around 100 to 200 bucks) and swap other all the hardwear, glass, handles, panels, etc. The only new parts would be the seal kit. 5 seals per door I think. Second. If you want half doors, there are some many being sold that I would just buy a set rather than fab some...unless money is tight, free is free, you have the skills, you have the time, and just want to do it different. Really, rust free hard doors are hard to find in some parts of the country, I'd keep them and redo them as needed.

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post #3 of 21 Old 06-28-2008, 10:24 PM
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IMHO, it just isn't worth the effort or trouble with all the sets of half doors available out there. Even with decent fabricating skills, I doubt what you'd do will turn out like a decent set of factory half doors.

Just sell or trade them.

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post #4 of 21 Old 06-28-2008, 10:29 PM
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I personally wouldn't do it but that is me I bought a set of YJ half doors for $300 that didn't have any rust just a different color. I looked for about 6 months before I pulled the trigger and I am happy with the outcome! Be patient and keep an eye out on Craigslist. I guess I got lucky with mine the person posted about 5 minutes before I looked and I was the 1st to reply and was serious about the doors. They had 3 others right behind me wanting them also. Good luck
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post #5 of 21 Old 06-28-2008, 10:50 PM
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Yeh, keep your eyes open. I sold a pair of full steel doors for $150 a while back that just had some rust on the bottom but had all the glass and everything. The full doors I have now I paid $400 for, along with a hardtop, and they were in great shape with no rust whatsoever. I still ended up spending about $300 for new hinges, handles, weatherstripping, etc.

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post #6 of 21 Old 06-28-2008, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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I thought about that as well I'll just wait unitl winter is approaching and make a more concrete decision. Until then I will keep my eye out, of course it's always out I check ebay every night.

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post #7 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 12:39 AM
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post #8 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 10:21 AM
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Another vote for keeping as full doors here. Just keep your eyes open and you'll score some that are shot that you can get the hardware out of them. Remember part hunting is like fishing sometimes you just have to keep casting to score the big one.
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post #9 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 11:02 AM
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I already cut one of my doors for a half and I can tell you it is difficult. You have to have a good amount of fab skills. I had the doors and for about $30-40 in steel I'll have a set of half doors. Either way you still need hinges and latches so it's a toss up for you......

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post #10 of 21 Old 06-29-2008, 06:41 PM
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Not worth the effort. Just trade them for a set of half doors!

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post #11 of 21 Old 06-30-2008, 05:44 PM
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I did it because I know there isn't a cheaper way for me. I could do it the 'easy' way and cough up the cash for half doors but there's something to say for the "I did that..." aspect as well. Would I tell everyone to do it? No. But my doors were going to take a lot of work to run as fulls and I cut them to factory half door specs so down the road I can still use factory soft uppers if I want to.

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post #12 of 21 Old 04-25-2011, 10:55 AM
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I've considered doing that myself, but I doubt its worth it.
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post #13 of 21 Old 04-25-2011, 10:59 AM
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I'll trade my halfs for someone's fulls

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post #14 of 21 Old 04-25-2011, 11:00 AM
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no, don't do it. half doors a cheap

or trade someone your full doors for their half doors even up. That is what I did.


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post #15 of 21 Old 04-25-2011, 12:13 PM
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Don't do it - to many of those in the rust belt that wish they could come across clean steel OEM parts!

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