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Terry
23-05-2009, 05:52 PM
Over the last month or so I have removed both doors for a refurbishment - new paint and seals etc plus repainting the forward area of the door frame, an area not easy to access with the door on. This may be of interest to anyone else wishing to remove their doors.

A little masking tape along the rear edge of the wing may help avoid marks if any rub occurs during removal.

First remove the door hold open bolt on the hinge and fully retract the rod otherwise it will hang up on the hinge when removing the door.
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The electrical plug is a quick release connector which hinges off at the bottom of the plug
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Support the door (it is heavy with all the glas, mechanism and trim) and remove all six 8mm hinge bolts.
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Lift the door clear and place in a safe place.
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The door trim, glass and glass mechanism could be removed before removing the door to make handling easier.

Gcalo
23-05-2009, 06:00 PM
BTW how does it drive w/o the doors?

Terry
23-05-2009, 06:01 PM
The pictures will be between both doors for illustration.

Door removed. Hold open rod connects to the top hinge and interior light switch uses bottom hinge.
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Door trim off via a few screws along the rear and bottom edge plus the armrest and pull handle.
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Terry
23-05-2009, 06:11 PM
Next the glass frame can be removed. You need to disconnect the internal door open handle and the window motor cable before moving away.

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I removed the glass then removed the connector from the motor instead of breaking the connection at the bottom of the door.

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The glass is secured with two 6mm bolts either end at the bottom of the glass.

Terry
23-05-2009, 06:18 PM
Remove the forward glass guide.

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The rear lock mechanism is easily removed via 3 6mm screws in the rear of the door.

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A close up of the connection for the key operated lock

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Lock mechanism removed.

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Terry
23-05-2009, 06:54 PM
Take an easy chair and clean then relube the lock mechanism.

The motor is for the central locking and easy to replace if faulty.

Terry
23-05-2009, 06:59 PM
Door stripped and ready for off to the paint shop.

Terry
23-05-2009, 07:06 PM
Other parts were then sent for powder coating.

All hinges

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Interior mirror attachment covers and rear window support. Also sent the rear view mirror inner support bracket.

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Outer support frames for mirrors and forward glass.

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Terry
23-05-2009, 07:13 PM
Door back from painting and masked ready for a coat of satin black to the interior.

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Interior painted.

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Exterior basic polishing prior to fitment of seals etc.

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Hinges back from powder coating, now require new bushes.

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Terry
23-05-2009, 07:32 PM
I replaced the hinge bushes on the top hinges for both doors due to wear. I also used new hinge pins.

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The old bushes can be tapped out with a drift (hopefully).

I installed the new bushes applying copper slip then pulling home with 8mm bolts. A drift used during installation could easily cause misalignment and/or fracture of the bush so care is needed at this stage.

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Hinges assembled ready for refit to door. Be sure to fit the top hinge with the hinge pin facing upwards and the bottom hinge with the hinge pin facing down. This will allow the doors to be removed via the pin removal rather than the entire hinge.

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Reassemble hinges to door with new hardware.

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Terry
23-05-2009, 07:39 PM
With the door removed, good access is available to clean up and repaint the hinge end of the door frame.

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Terry
23-05-2009, 07:49 PM
The key locks were looking scuffed and a little tatty.

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The locks can be easily disassembled by removing a spring clip and circlip

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Whilst apart the locks can be painted.

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The locks were cleaned, regreased, assembled then ready for refit into the door.

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Terry
23-05-2009, 07:58 PM
The external handle can be disassembled by removing the lock pin at one end. A suitably sized drill works well as a punch.

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The square shaft can be withdrawn to expose all parts

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With the handle apart, a thorough good clean and lube prior to reassembly.

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Ready to refit to door.

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Terry
23-05-2009, 08:01 PM
Handle and lock ready to fit.

Terry
23-05-2009, 08:07 PM
Passenger side frame prepared and ready for door installation.

The stool and wood supports the door at around the correct height for hinge alignment.

Terry
23-05-2009, 08:19 PM
The lock mechanism refitted together with key lock and external door opening handle. The plastic couplings between the key lock and lock mechanism can be seen in this picture. A few people have reported that these have failed causing no reaction from the door lock key to unlock the door.

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The front hinge retaining plates and with wiring harness installed.

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Terry
04-06-2009, 06:49 PM
The new windows seals have an adhesive strip pre fitted. The seal is a one piece around the rear window support pillar to the front of the door glass.

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Hook the seal under the lower edge of the door edge then sqeeze upwards to hook the upper lip over the top edge of the door removing the adhesive cover strip at the same time.

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The seal will finish a little short of the door mirror support but this is covered after the wing mirror is fitted.

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Terry
04-06-2009, 07:03 PM
The rear glass support is a push fit into the seal which surround it on three sides.

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The seal is fitted into the support and is held in place with two screws. One of the two screws can be seen in the picture below.

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The post in place.

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The post is secured in the door via the two allen head screws in the rear face of the door.

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Terry
04-06-2009, 07:11 PM
Whilst the door was stripped, I fitted some additional insulation to the inner skin of the door and along the bottom inner surface. I used the solid rubbery self adhesive type which is around 3mm thick. Be sure to leave the drain holes open on the bottom of the door.

It may be my imagination but with the insulation the doors have a more solid feel and the bass from the speakers is slightly better.

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Terry
04-06-2009, 07:38 PM
I had previously repaired the LH door rear mirror but the RH side also seemed a little loose at the hinge point so I decided to strip it down for investigation.

One attachment point for the inner support at the hinge point had broken away so I made up a new one from hollow carbon rod and bedded it into some epoxy resin impregnated with carbon fibres.

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Did a trial fit before sending the mirror housing off to the paint shop with the support frame away for powder coating. Prior to painting I sanded the hinge area to ensure a good fit especially to avoid any chaffing at the hinge point which could later chip the paint.

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Everything prepared ready for re-assembly.

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It is necessary to remove the plug from the mirror motor connection in order to feed the wires through the hinge point. The RH mirror has the additional two wires for the sensor which I cut at the door connector then reconnected and covered with heat shrink. A bit of a fiddle getting the wires through in the right orientation.

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The assembly ready to fit the glass. I found that the glass clip can be fully fitted and the glass will then "pop" into place. Be careful to only push in the centre where the glass is supported to avoid you know what.

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I used a new mirror seal and new foam inside the mirror support.

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Terry
04-06-2009, 07:41 PM
The story regarding the repair to the LH mirror is here:

http://www.clubscuderia.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=5116

Terry
04-06-2009, 07:52 PM
The window motor connected and the glass fitted ready to lift the frame into the door. The frame is inserted into the top of the door first then slides down into place.

I did not tighten the glass attachment bolts until the glass was adjusted into the correct location before attempting to close the door.

Terry
04-06-2009, 08:05 PM
Seals attached to the inner face of the mirror plate. I used a few dabs of 30 minute epoxy to hold the seals in place prior to fitting.

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Door ready to refit rear view mirror with support plate.

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Back together and adjusted. BTW, I made sure the mirror was functioning correctly before fitting the glass and re-installing the mirror.

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Terry
04-06-2009, 08:15 PM
Refit the door trim and all done.

I started off intending to do one door at a time but did both together. Thought it would be all done in a couple of weeks but it took six.

The cost?

800 on new parts from Ferrari UK. Those seals are not cheap.

100 on powder coating.

500 painting the doors.