73 Duster - I didn't take it apart....body assembly questions

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  1. dodge71demon

    dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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    Not even close looks like you missed my post saying if he can do a body off GM this should be easy after doing a few mopars I did a GM and pulled my hair out tweaking this tweaking that taking apart time and time again because this had to be done before that compared to GM anyway mopars are a lot easier to do also some are to quick to ask how to do something rather than thinking it out or trying since this person has a couple GM's under his belt I'm sure he has a pretty good clue
     
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    dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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    Just like I just changed the cam cover gaskets on my daughters GM 3.0 V6 was I intimated - yes have I ever done this on a modern motor - no did I let it stop me or have to ask how to it - no just dug in and thought it through pretty easy when done
     
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    All I'm saying is to look it over and think it through these things aren't that complicated just do it
     
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    OK, I'm dredging up this old thread...more questions.

    I got the Duster pretty much mocked up. All the wiring harness is back in place & everything works, so that's good. Figured out the window regulators & thank God not missing any parts there. Door latch mechanisms installed as well, doors open & close nicely - hinges are tight & even the door gaps aren't too bad for a 45 year old Chrysler...onto the questions.
    1. The drivers side door is missing the detent spring from the hinge. Is it possible to wiggle a fresh spring in there without having to remove the hinge? As noted, the gaps are nice & I'd prefer not to have to remove the door or fender. But that looks unlikely.
    2. The owner gave me the go ahead to paint the car. As part of that he wants to do a color change on the interior from beige to black. I understand the metal dash frame bolts in but it would appear that in order to get it out the windshield has to come out. Which I'd prefer not to do, because it's perfect. I read a few thins on the web about guys who used a cut off wheel to cut the j-nut clips in order to remove the dash frame but this seems sketchy to me. Curious to know if anyone has done it & has any advice...
    Thanks!
     
  5. Lonnie Leach

    Lonnie Leach Duster/ Valiant

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    Best to remove wind shield had some one try that trick .. because if you cant get them out how will u get the new ones in
     
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    moparmandan FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    Most that do it that way flip the nut clips, put them on the dash frame and re-install the screws from the bottom. Frankly I don't see how they do it without major lacerations. Lol
     
  7. Lonnie Leach

    Lonnie Leach Duster/ Valiant

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    The problem is the threads of the bolts would be pushing the windshield rubber up in to glass if you flip it over
     
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    Lonnie Leach Duster/ Valiant

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    Its just easier to just pull windshield
     
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    thanks for the advice. I pulled ther weindshield, much easier thasn expected!
     
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    I mean the windshield...Stupid fat fingers....
     
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