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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:30 AM   #1
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Need to decide if welding them shut will bite me in the ass.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 07:55 AM   #2
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Going to be very awkward getting out, especially without a roof.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 08:13 AM   #3
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Not until the great, grandmother that I am married to tried to get in. :) Pops
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Old June 26th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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I'm going to have a roll bar. mabe handles on the top. also I was thinking bout some steps like the Model T's had. That round pad by the door.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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You ain't no spring chicken there bro...Dukes of Hazard style may be a little tuff on ya!

Other than that...I have nothing of value to add.
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Default Re: Any one regret welding doors shut?

I have one car with solid sides-no door- and it is a bitch to climb in and out. I'm pretty sure I'll be putting it up for sale soon. It's just that it is so much fun to drive after you do get in......
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Old June 26th, 2012, 01:11 PM   #7
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I'm making sidesteps for mine!
Although i'm very young & spritely , I think its still going to be awkward... but i'm committed now so i'll just have to harden up!
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I've never thought about welding doors shut, now that "Arthur" showed up about 15 years ago, things have changed

I'd need a crane to lift my ass up & into it, & then out of it once back home

Then, I'd need to find a full service gas station so I wouldn't do a face plant when trying to climb out to fuel up

So if you have any old sports injuries, or back injuries, or anything that can make normal things much tougher to do, I'd think real hard about permanently closing up the doors, just leave them locked (or use a nut & bolt so nobody can open them, then remove later on) until you have trouble getting in & out, then unlock em (or remove nut & bolt) & your good to go with no trouble at all


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I've welded the doors up and smoothed out the body on my roofless modified bug and kinda regretting it now as I want to VolksRod it and would like a roof on it of some description....... oh well!! :D
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I am going to end up making a roof for my RPU but it will have to be hinged at the back so I can climb in


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Old July 3rd, 2012, 06:19 AM   #11
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Default Re: Any one regret welding doors shut?

Tellin ya man, it might be best to do half doors like the old MG's and then weld it in. and if you want to get really creative, have just the top half fold down..... maybe an arm rest that doubles as a step when it folds over.



I'm sure the guys that have had welded doors will at least see the benifit to haveing that cut in it.
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Default Re: Any one regret welding doors shut?

My buddy Dave is like a lot of us here, on the backside of the hill and rolling fast. He has a drywall bucket on a string tied to the roll cage that he uses as a step stool to get in and out of his wife's rockcrawler. Once he's in, he just snatches it up and throws it in the back. He keeps some cleaning stuff in the bucket and keeps the lid on it since they fit nice and tight. with you dropping the sides 8" it's still gonna be a good step over. Maybe use one of those 3 gallon smaller drywall type buckets since you wouldn't need as big of a step.
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