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    Default 355 Door Removal and Refurbishment

    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.

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    BTW how does it drive w/o the doors?

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    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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    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.

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    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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    Take an easy chair and clean then relube the lock mechanism.

    The motor is for the central locking and easy to replace if faulty.
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    Door stripped and ready for off to the paint shop.
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    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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    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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    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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