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Old 12-16-2012, 09:40 PM
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Who's got some experience with early model 40 doors? And I mean an early 40 (70) with later model doors 76 or higher. Can they be swapped on? Is it a fairly easy task? I got a lead on some later model doors that I would use if they were A. In good shape or B. cut up into some half doors for the summer. If they would work. Did some searching on mud and looks like the dimensions are the same but the latch/stricker will need modifying. Anyone have any input or experience with this?

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Old 12-17-2012, 10:30 AM
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I've not done it, but read about it going the other way. I believe you'll need to swap strikers along with the doors, but it shouldn't be a big deal (on paper). Someone who's done it will have to chime in.

Why would you want to put late doors with their plastic, vinyl, and thin metal on your early 40 that came with steel, paint, overbuiltness, vent windows, class, and character?
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:19 PM
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I want to have some half doors for the summer, that's all. Thought maybe if they were really nice then use as full time doors.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:00 PM
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There was a pretty good thread on Mud about swapping new style doors on an old tub...

http://forum.ih8mud.com/40-55-series...-old-fj40.html

This should give you some food for thought.
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The newer doors are thicker, iirc.. I had some problems with a cage not fitting because of this.
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Jeff-

I need some '76 doors. If you don't mind, please pass the lead on if you decide to pass on the deal.
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No worries Travis, on CL in the springs. Says they're damaged, still waiting for some pictures. Ill keep you updated
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I looked into this years ago. Not such an easy task. This was going with later model ambulance doors on an older tub.

Just off the top of my head I recall the main issues being location of the hinges on the body, area for the striker plate in the tub, as well as issues on the hard top with where the bracing is for the lift gate on older tops vs. ambulance doors.

I think it would be much easier to put early model swing doors (1/2 height) on a new tub with say a soft top than trying go the other route...especially when the hard top is involved.
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I looked into this years ago. Not such an easy task. This was going with later model ambulance doors on an older tub.

Just off the top of my head I recall the main issues being location of the hinges on the body, area for the striker plate in the tub, as well as issues on the hard top with where the bracing is for the lift gate on older tops vs. ambulance doors.

I think it would be much easier to put early model swing doors (1/2 height) on a new tub with say a soft top than trying go the other route...especially when the hard top is involved.
You're talking just the rear doors right? Did you do anything with the front doors?
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:34 AM
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You're talking just the rear doors right? Did you do anything with the front doors?
Ah, yep I was thinking you were thinking about the rear doors...That's what I get for thinking

No experience with swapping front doors...
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