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Advice needed on A Pillar Installation

Greenflan2

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Mar 7, 2019
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I’m in the process of replacing my passenger A pillar. Should I make sure the measurements from A pillar to B pillar are consistent at the top, middle and bottom and adjust/shim the door gap later or should my focus be on getting the door gap at the B pillar as perfect as possible before I weld in the new A pillar, even if it means the measurements from the A pillar to B pillar aren’t exactly consistent (they would be close)? My doors are original and may not be exactly straight or square at this point but I do intend to use them, for now anyway. I’m sure it could be done either way and work, just not sure which is the better or correct way. Thanks
 

ngsd

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Mar 2, 2019
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All good questions. I learned a lot about them before doing mine by doing searches on here. There is a ton of info to help with diagrams and measurements as well as advice. It will take a lot of time but will be worth the search. Good luck
 

U13FL735

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Oct 3, 2018
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I would go by fit first, and use measurements only as a double check that I was in the ballpark. It's got to fit, right? I bolted up hinges to door and new pillar making sure all parts were centered in their adjustments, and latched the door shut, making the gaps even, and a little on the wide side, rather than too small, and then tack welded, and checked fit again before final weld in.
 

Rustytruck

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It is very important you measure location very carefully as that pillar effects not just the door opening but door location and fender location in relationship with door alignment and top and windshield frame alignment and alignment of the fender with the hood. take it in place and reassemble everything before you call it good and permanently weld it in. allot of people chicken out and just take the new piece and cut it up to replace just the rusted out areas.
 
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