Exterior Restoration: A '56 Merc gets its doors back
Story and photos by Brian Earnest
Mounting door hinges and hanging doors is one of those restoration steps that professionals — such as the guys at Ken’s Klassics in Muscoda, Wis. — make look easy. But as many novices can attest, it can be a frustrating job, especially for first-timers, and frought with trial-and-error learning.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s probably a 7 1/2,” chuckled T.J. Krueger, the shop foreman at Ken’s Klassics. Krueger helped hang the doors on the 1956 Mercury shown in the accompanying photos. “It’s a lot tougher than it looks to get the door adjusted right. A lot of guys will put the whole door on, and they’ll line it all up, then they’ll put the glass and everything in and it will sag about a quarter of an inch to a half an inch even, because of all the weight of the glass, the window regulator, the door panel.
“So you have to kind of compensate when you put the door on and it’s something you kind of just get used to doing when you do it enough times. You always want to have it at least a quarter of an inch high at the back. So your gap will kind of appear pie-shaped, from the door to the rocker, and then once everything is in, it latches down where it should.”
There is no universal method for hanging doors, but following is a brief tutorial on how Ken’s Klassics handled the doors on this Mercury.