Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: The Sunny South
Re: Solutions for shot 1965 Malibu Doors...
How badly rotted are they?
Perhaps you can buy a 66-67 shell and scavenge the critical pieces onto your 1965 shells? The 65 must be pretty similar.
Personally, I just finished skinning two 1966 doors. The passenger door shell had some fairly serious rot in each corner. At first it looked pretty bad, but with some careful trimming, welding, and fabricating, I was able to save the shell. It came out looking really good. undetectable on the outside and pretty darned hard to see even on the inside...and I used NO body filler. just welding, a bit of lead and some patience.
BTW, the skins themselves are easy.Don't let them scare you. I did mine in less than 2 hours with only a body dolly and hammer, a grinder, a small sandblaster, some cup wirebrushes, some jorgensen clamps, wooden wedges, vise grips and a mig welder. I would rate the job as easy for anyone with any basic body skills.