Heritage doorskins (5 replies)
Hi fellow members,just bought 2 heritage doorskins for my mk1 cooper s,when i measured them they seem to be a good 3 or 4 mm longer than my original doors.anybody come across this problem?i am deliberating whether to repair my old door bottoms or re-skin.my original doors fit perfectly
I haven't used heritage ones as I found magnum ok, but when installing them around the flanges they do shrink a little.
Unfortunately I discovered the same issue and ended up repairing the originals by removing the small sections and TIG welding the new. It turned out to be a far better job and the doors look perfect with the factory press around the skins still in place.
The problem with the Heritage panels for the more discerning customer is the presses that produce them are worn so over the years the panels get larger. What is a terrible fit on a 60's and 70's car fits great on a late Rover mini.
I know a guy with 25 years experience in a body shop that chopped the window frames off his brand new Heritage mk1 doors and removed a few millimeters to make them fit his pickup correctly
[quote="abs":2u1s94je]I know a guy with 25 years experience in a body shop that chopped the window frames off his brand new Heritage mk1 doors and removed a few millimeters to make them fit his pickup correctly [/quote:2u1s94je]
This is exactly what I did with my MkII 'S'. The Heritage door frames were at the wrong angle and height - cutting them off and rewelding was the only way to get them right. I also had to build up the curved section aft of the door handle with weld and grind back to shape to get the correct curve - they were 'threepenny bits' when they were delivered.
I have had a similar experience with Heritage products, I received a rear Mini sub-frame which was full of welds that hadn't been ground down smooth, in fact the final finish of the sub frame was so poor that it was not safe to handle without wearing protective gloves.
I complaimed to Heritage who agreed to replace the sub- frame with a new one which was perfect as it should have been in the first place.
It makes you wonder doesn't it?