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Old 05-16-2017, 03:17 PM   #1
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'56 Door Rebuilding Primer

I bought a '56 very recently; I have to work in the 2 doors, the glass is cracked, the felt is shot, etc. I have never done this.

Is there a special publication showing details on doing this? I thought the shop manual would have details, but either they didn't or I missed it.

Should I be scared to do this?

Would it be easier to just go to one piece windows instead?
Best ones?

I noticed there is like an interior thin door shell around the windows, etc. Is this supposed to be able to come out, or should I somehow re-affix it tightly?

Thanks for the info.

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Old 05-16-2017, 04:33 PM   #2
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Re: '56 Door Rebuilding Primer

Don't know what you're talking about with this "thin interior door shell". Are you referring to the metal frames around each piece of glass?

As for taking this on, it shouldn't be a problem if you're relatively mechanically inclined and can access YouTube videos. It's all shown there. If you're the kind of guy that looks awkward holding a screwdriver - like my brother-in-law, lol - then take it to a shop. Otherwise, have at it. It's the only way to learn. Be patient, have WD40 or some other lubricant for rusted fasteners and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:32 PM   #3
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Re: '56 Door Rebuilding Primer

Yes, you should be scared. Just enough to take your time and do plenty of searches on this forum. Most operations are pretty straight forward and the advice/instruction you get here will help. If you get pissed or frustrated, time to set it down rather than force it. You will find that just about anything can be repaired and just takes a little advice and "steady as she goes"
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:27 PM   #4
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Re: '56 Door Rebuilding Primer

Precision has quite a few videos on youtube
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:02 PM   #5
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Re: '56 Door Rebuilding Primer

Thanks for the info. We've done trucks before; I would rate my skill as pretty good at best. Just never messed with doors before. I'll start on the videos.....I didn't search that well. Appreciate it.
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:27 PM   #6
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Re: '56 Door Rebuilding Primer

while you are at it check the door shell for cracks, old body repairs etc. the lower hinge area is a problem as well as the small web between the inner and outer shell near the vent window lower rear area. check all the spot welds especially if the door seems to be a little floppy or, when the door is opened, the shell can be "twisted" and it isn't because of loose hinges.
check the hinges and latches while you're at it. check the lower edge of the door for rusty areas or soft spots. the replacement parts are available if required.

as far as the one piece glass, do some research because the glass has to make a shift when part way up/down. it has a tendency to bind in the track at that point or look kinda funny because it can be at a weird angle. there is a good set of videos on youtube explaining the one piece glass install and some mods that make it easier to get the glass to move properly in the track. check it out.
as far as the inner thin door shell, are you talking about the shell that is part of the window channel felting backer material? the felt can be bought at an auto glass shop or check the Richelieu site for auto window channel supplies

for part one. from there you can find part 2

door lower hinge pocket repair here, to see what I am talking about and to get eyes on the problem with the lower hinge pocket

post 35 here also has some good pics and a new part vendor if required, plus you can see the old and new parts to get an idea of what happens.

I would say, if you have skills, tackle the project. set stuff aside in order so you know what comes next on reassembly, take pics as you go. soon you will have it apart with a good idea of what you will need to fix the problem. if the truck is running and licensed maybe drive by a glass shop to see if they have parts available to replace window channel felts etc.
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