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QUESTION: The doors seem to be slightly larger than the opening. Car has been off the frame for quite some time. How do I "stretch" the opening.
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Bob

ANSWER: Hi Bob
Please could you tell me the make and model of your car?
Barrie Jones

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QUESTION: 1953 MGTD.
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Answer
Hi Bob.

I think you will find that the door spaces have closed up because the body has been resting on flat ground without any packing under the mounting points.  The chassis is not flat, so when you mount the body on the chassis it should open up again and the doors will then fit.

Please examine the body carefully before re-using it.  The main wooden members that run front to back can dry out and crack.  Replacing them is a major job because the sheet metal bodywork is wrapped around them.

Best Wishes, Barrie

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Barrie Jones

Expertise

MG Sports Cars from 1949 to 1980 - Including MGB, MGBGT V8, TF1500, TF, TD and modern Midgets. I also specialise in SU carburettors, Lucas wiring, suspension, steering & brakes.

Experience

I have owned my 1955 TF1500 since 1966. Technical specialist for the TD and TF with the MG Car Club T Register. Also owned 20 MGBs and currently own an MGBGT V8. Written 3 books on MGs and produced a DVD on how to strip and rebuild the TD/TF gearbox.

Organizations
MG Car Club.

Publications
Barrie's Notes on the 1953-55 MG TF (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB GT V8 (author). /=====/ The Essential Buyer's Guide to the MG TD, TF and TF1500. (author)

Education/Credentials
M Phil, C Eng, BSc (Eng).

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