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 Post subject: door striker area cracked?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:34 pm 
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The sheet metal where the striker bolts through is cracked inside the drivers door opening. Can I removed the striker and weld a patch over the cracked area and then drill it for the striker? Anyone ever seen this happen and if so how do I fix it?

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 Post subject: Re: door striker area cracked?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:03 pm 
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Yup it is common, after 21 years in auto body business I have seen many that way. About the only fix is what you suggested, by welding in a plate, relocating the striker, adjusting the door then finishing and painting.


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 Post subject: Re: door striker area cracked?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:31 pm 
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OK thank you, I am buying a new welder by the end of the month so I hope it lasts till then.

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