Re: [DML] Door Piston Holder
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Re: [DML] Door Piston Holder

Oh Dear

We had a similar problem with a customer's car which had the passenger 
side mount completely pulled out taking probably three square inches of 
glass with it and leaving a gaping hole. The root cause was a 
combination of three things. 1) Struts with ball joints that were too 
long, 2) the fibreglass was very poor with about 3mm of gelcoat and only 
a couple of layers of glass and 3) Blokie at the factory putting the 
mount in 1/2" closer to the hinge than on the opposite side!

I had a set of Rob Grady's strengtheners but the condition of the 
fibreglass was such that these didn't work at all - I think they're 
designed for one that moves but hasn't come out completely! In the end, 
we subbed out the car to a Lotus specialist who ended up cutting that 
section of the roof away (quarter panel and roof plus all the trim and 
interior quarter removed) and reconstructing the fibreglass with a steel 
bar reinforcing that whole top corner. It was not possible to move the 
mount further in given the nature of the repair and we turned down the 
ball joints on the replacement strut to shorten it by 2mm each end (even 
our struts had ends that were too long). The repair was absolutely 
beautiful and you can rock the whole car on that mount now.

It was a big job. You may be lucky and can just strengthen it using 
Rob's kit.


dmcjosh85 wrote:

>My situation is this: Where my drivers side gas strut ataches to the 
>frame wiggles, infact its quite loose. I'm able to move it around a 
>bit when the doors are open and I lift the door up myself even 
>further. Doing the same on the passenger side is different, whereas 
>since that door has been used less where its strut attaches to on the 
>frame hardly moves at all even when I pick the door up beyond the lift 
>Being that for 25 years there has always been pressure applied to that 
>bit Im wondering is there a way to fix this or is this somthing that 
>should be replaced at some point in the deloreans lifetime?
>~ Josh Tidwell
>- 04463

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