Tutorial: Hinging Doors


-Sk8er6811-
06-16-2004, 11:27 PM
Well as i was making progress on my civic project (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=242495) I decided about half-way through i would make atutorial on hinging doors. You might have to alter some of the steps for different types of doors. This tutorial is for doors hinged on the mirrors.

1. Cut the doors out with a hobby knife. What i like to do is trace the doors like on the indside of the body and use a dremel with a sanding bit to thin the plastic making it easier for the knife to cut through the plastic. After the doors have been removed place them in a safe place where you won't lose them.
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/8084/1706.jpg

2. Get some piping small enough for a peperclip to fit snugly. Cut it to a length a bit smaller than a 1/4 inch. For this car we are going to hinge the doors by the mirrors. So we are going to attatch the piping by the mirror area on the A-Pillar.
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/5448/1707.jpg

3. Get your paperclip now and bend it to a shape that will give it a flat area to attatch to the door and allow aces to hinge the door you want it to. If you want to do the mirror hinged doors bend it something like this.
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/8071/1708.jpg

4. After you have tested the paperclip and make sure the flat part that will be attatch to the door opens to the area where you want it stop works properly tape the door in place.
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5. To attatch the paperclip i like to uyse a mixture of babypowder and krazy glue for a nice strong joint.
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/8219/1711.jpg
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/1345/1712.jpg

6. After it is glued in place and it has set for a couple minutes, you can remove the tape. Be careful in doing so if there is too much stress put on the joint the paperclip will break free. Now test the way the door works. Note: It might need some shaving to open exactly the way you want. On this car i need to cut more of the A-Pillar away.
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/1456/1713.jpg

7.I did not get around to doing this step yet, but you might want to add some styrene and putty it into place so the doors lines arent super wide.

Here is my finished product:
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/1926/1714.jpg
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/3948/1715.jpg

Well I hope this helps some of you guys here on AF. Also maybe this could be added to the How-To section here on AF :) Don't forget to tell me what you guys think of it!

KustmAce
06-16-2004, 11:30 PM
Very nice tut!

-Sk8er6811-
06-16-2004, 11:40 PM
hey thnx guess wee the only ones up this late hehe

pre98zetec
06-17-2004, 12:28 AM
Awesome tutorial man...

lostprophets
06-17-2004, 01:49 AM
i gotta try that

-Sk8er6811-
06-17-2004, 01:54 AM
glad some ppl like it :)

geofroley
06-17-2004, 07:45 AM
Nice tutorial! But wouldn't the paperclip break after a while? Also, is it possible to hide the paperclip behind the door panels?

PyRoTeKniKz
06-17-2004, 11:07 AM
Nice tut Ricky...I was lookin for a way to make doors open like that..now I can finish my long lost mod project hehe

-Sk8er6811-
06-17-2004, 12:06 PM
Nice tut Ricky...I was lookin for a way to make doors open like that..now I can finish my long lost mod project hehe

hehe yea i hear ya and geofroley the paperclip spins in the tube so that wont happen :sunglasse

Vtec913
06-17-2004, 01:09 PM
very nice. I'm really gonna have to try that

-Sk8er6811-
06-17-2004, 02:16 PM
very nice. I'm really gonna have to try that

if you do lemme knwo how itwent and take some pics :)

turbo type-r
06-17-2004, 03:02 PM
dude thank you alot

-Sk8er6811-
06-17-2004, 04:33 PM
no problem man

aN4rK1
06-17-2004, 04:42 PM
d00d thats freaking amazing :worshippy

turbo type-r
08-21-2004, 09:41 PM
the only thing is where and who make the small tubing

86_SR5
08-21-2004, 09:54 PM
Great tut. Especially useful. Going to use this on my 93' civic whenever i find time to factor a vtec into my builds

CamaroSSBoy346
08-21-2004, 10:48 PM
yea. That is cool. Gorra try it some time.

bkvj
09-04-2004, 08:08 PM
Nice tutorial! But wouldn't the paperclip break after a while? Also, is it possible to hide the paperclip behind the door panels

yes there is..... when you attached your paperclip, you put your panel on the door.before you do that, you m,ake an little hole trhu the plastic, and voila its covered(tomooroww im gonna atach this to my porsche gt2(my teestcar)

weaponCIVIC
09-04-2004, 09:42 PM
awsome, i have to do it now!

ATMDC
12-23-2004, 11:04 PM
what about the rest of the door though? you only cut out the bottom, nice tut anyways

tomtheman2
01-13-2005, 02:05 PM
warshippy

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