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Old 05-15-2019, 12:40 AM   #1
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60-66 One Piece Clam Shell Door Idea

Has anyone experimented with a one piece clam shell door where the upper and lower doors are grafted together as one door that hinges from the top more like modern SUVís? It would help ease accessing the rear entrance. Iím sure the bottom valance would be like the barn door version where no lower door hinge insets are shown. It would also have to incorporate a door bottom locking mechanism with a lift handle relocated from the upper clam door to the bottom of the door. Also needed is a beefier side locking sliders and/or pneumatic assisted hinges would prove beneficial. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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Re: 60-66 One Piece Clam Shell Door Idea

My guess is the upper hinges would not be beefy enough to support all of this weight.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:35 AM   #3
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Re: 60-66 One Piece Clam Shell Door Idea

I am guessing the two welded together would be over 200 pounds. Now you could build a new frame work and use the skins to make a lighter weight hatch. It would need a lot of engineering and metal work but it would be cool.
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:21 PM   #4
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Re: 60-66 One Piece Clam Shell Door Idea

replacing the glass with light weight plastic would be a weight savings.
i recently had my hatch glass out and was surprised how light the hatch was without the glass
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Re: 60-66 One Piece Clam Shell Door Idea

I have thought about doing this for a long time, i even have the parts.one of the problems is getting the factory hinges to open wider.
When upper gate opens its about level.
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