Easy - they aren't really "doors".ShadowCat38 wrote:ALRIGHT! You're doing doors! I'll take and post good notes on how I'm doing mine. Just out of curiosity, what changed your mind?
For those who don't know, my previous car (http://www.kimini.com) used a carbon fiber shell taken off an early Mini. For simplicity I used authentic Mini metal doors (also because they were already ridiculously light). Getting them to fit, however, was a real pain because the fit-up was wrong in so many ways, with irregular gaps, both in the outright size of the door opening, but also, just setting the doors in the opening showed that some parts aligned with the outside surface of the car while others didn't.
Eventually, someone explained that he used to work in the "Rectification Department" at Austin, where burly men with wood levers and rubber mallets *made* the doors fit - they bent them. After learning that, my life became much simpler and I did just that. Of course, one door wouldn't fit its opening at all and the window frame had to be cut down by about 0.20".
With Midlana, the plan is a stainless-frame hinged assembly. The vertical surface will have a vinyl or Lexan window and the rest made from convertible top material. It'll hinge at the front edge such that when pushed fully open, may actually end up resting on the front windscreen. As far as weather stripping, zippers, snaps, and latches go, I have no idea. I think trying to get the car truly watertight may be impossible because it was never set up that way, but we'll see.