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R50 half door build

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Well I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this so admin feel free to move it.

 

I grabbed some spare doors for $75 and figured I'd chop them up and make some half doors. Some unfortunate events resulted in only 3 doors so I had to pick up the 4th door (really the 5th) from a junkyard. I accidentally melted one of the door latch assemblies as well and picked one up.

Anyway I'll try and let the photos do most of the talking.

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I started out by doing a little research found a 4runner with a similar setup that I wanted.

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I then began hacking away, I left the speaker mount intact

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I then welded on a back plate and cut that to match the front.

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I then built a little frame for some support some of it is pictured here. I also bent the latch rod and decided to put the handle on the top.

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Decided to go another route but I initially made a door for my door and welded nuts on the back. I decided I am going to make door panels now.

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Almost done with the front!

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Some more of the front

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Plating the door handles and lock

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Onto the rears, went much faster and less photos

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And with all four on the vehicle, will hopefully be done with the body work and paint this weekend. I will also get closer shots of the cup holders and door latches!

 

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And one more for fun

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This is pretty awesome, and it gives me some ideas for my 95.

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It's definitely been my favorite project for sure!

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Thank you. I think it's very hit and miss whether people like them or think they are dumb. I will say it was much more work than I initially thought it would be.

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Thank you. I think it's very hit and miss whether people like them or think they are dumb. I will say it was much more work than I initially thought it would be.

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Nicely done! Not a mod I'm planning on but I'll bet it's nice to have the visibility while wheeling, and much better than just taking the doors off.

 

Nice Chevy in the background too :)

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Thank you! It is definitely not everybody's style that's for sure. You have a good eye. It's a 69 with a 572!

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It's not for everyone, but I like it! I always wanted to get a set of half or tube doors for my Jeep, seeing how easy it was removing the doors in general. It's a bit more complicated on a Pathfinder, though, but you've got the right idea...good job! Considering any coverings, like maybe some thick clear vinyl and snap-clips/Velcro/magnets?

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Yes I have been thinking of something I dont know which route to go yet. I get a rain proof cover but I think that is getting returned. I dont need a lot of protection I just dont want it to down pour on the interior. I am working on quick release hinges and quick release for the front wiring. The rear doors only take a couple minutes to swap but the fronts take a very long time. I started the body work last night too and painfully bought the paint

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You are obvioisly getting it painted the same color as ypur pathy right? Looks badass

 

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Thank you. Yes my brother went to school for autobody so that will help. They are really beat up though so I told him to do some quick body work and call it good. I always under estimate the amount of time and money it takes to paint something.

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The body work is done and the doors are primed. Its possible that I get them painted this weekend if my brothers in town. I will then begin mocking up vinyl windows and quick disconnects for the electrical and hinges

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Looking good! Can't wait to see the vinyl windows, too.

 

That Chevy sure looks like a '57 to me!

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it is indeed a 57. My brother built a frame to house corvette suspension and slapped a supercharged LS engine in it.

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Hmmm, my jury is still out on this mod...nice work though... I personally think it's a LOT of work for a minimal sight line advantage, but each to their own. Good luck w/the fin.

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