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Door Shims - Both Types

Discussion in 'Wanted' started by Lovel, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    About to begin a complete panel change on my 3500s using all new and genuine doors, wings, and sills and anticipate I will need some more door hinge shims (both types)

    Does anyone have some for sale that they would be willing to part with ?
  2. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    Hi there,
    When I needed some extra shims to adjust the doors, I removed the existing ones and traced them onto a thin sheet of aluminum and cut out with tin snips.
    I also marked out extras , but did not cut them out, just in case I needed more in the future....
    or buy them from Winns or Waldhams in the UK.
  3. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    Thanks, but as I am fitting all new panels and doors I anticipate a number of thick door hinge shims will be required, the less time I spend cutting out fiddly little shims to replicate the originals the more time I can spend on the serious stuff on my P6. Additionally Wins don't have any stock and Wadhams don't list. I obtained qty 2 from Classeparts but they are only 0.35" thick. I thought some owners on here would have a box load of them hiding under their bench hence my request.
  4. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    hi there,
    the shims that I originally bought from Winns are one size only, if you find that you need extra thick ones, the solution may be that you will have to
    have them fabricated by a sheet metal working company, and spend your valuable time on the difficult stuff of restoration?
  5. Vern Klukas

    Vern Klukas Active Member

    The shim for the door side of the hinge only comes in one thickness. The base unit side has two thicknesses, 18 & 20 swg. The door latch also has two thicknesses, .050 & .080. These shims are the most difficult to reproduce as they have a checkered pattern on the faces to make them stick together.

    What make you think you'll need a bunch of thick shims?


    PS the 20 swg will be the .036 shim, the 18 swg is .048 or thereabouts.
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2018
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  6. Lovel

    Lovel Member

    I hopefully don't need shims behind the lock striker, (although I have replaced the D-post completely) I noticed the shims had some serrations on them for friction. I'm fitting new doors all around and just trying to plan for any eventuality. Looking at my old doors and one in particular, the OSR could do with being positioned further rearward toward the vinyl covered d-post, however it opens up the gaps between the OSF door if I shim it out. Perhaps I just need to get used to large door gaps. :rolleyes:
  7. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    my cars have enormous gaps, one and 2 fingers seems to be the norm?

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