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Old 12-20-2020, 06:10 PM   #151
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You covered the whole thing with foil backed butyl?? That stuff is only intended to keep panels from reaonating and should only cover 30-40% of sheetmetal. You want mass loaded vinyl foam (ie Noico Red 140 mil) as an actual noise barrier that covers the whole area.
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Old 12-20-2020, 07:52 PM   #152
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You covered the whole thing with foil backed butyl?? That stuff is only intended to keep panels from reaonating and should only cover 30-40% of sheetmetal. You want mass loaded vinyl foam (ie Noico Red 140 mil) as an actual noise barrier that covers the whole area.
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Old 12-21-2020, 12:50 AM   #153
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Just double wrap it I guess
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Old 12-23-2020, 08:12 AM   #154
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My drivers side window from is cracked and the door doesn't seal properly resulting in wind noise right by my ear. I repaired this 6 years ago in three places but the most rearward position had cracked again.




After grinding down the area the crack is a little less visible. Followed by the weld repair. And painting







This is how much the top of the door stuck out before the repair and the after







Hopefully I'll get another 6 years out of this repair.
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Old 12-23-2020, 08:12 PM   #155
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I did something similar. Just ground it as far back as I dared and went to town with weld. Next time it breaks (it will), I'm going to stick a strip of plate on top to give it a little more rigidity.
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Old 12-24-2020, 09:21 AM   #156
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Does this have to do with door slamming or does it just happen?
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Old 12-24-2020, 10:24 AM   #157
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Does this have to do with door slamming or does it just happen?
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Old 12-24-2020, 10:33 AM   #158
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Does this have to do with door slamming or does it just happen?
Basically I think it comes down to the fact that these door are longer, and heavier then 4 door models and slam harder and twist easier when they close. Add to the fact that this door is 37 years old so sheet metal fatigue has definitely taken its coarse.

This door was cracked in three other places when I originally repaired it in 2013. Those other repairs have held up, but as Harlard mentioned this will crack again.

On a side note: I used to work in a body systems test lab and you would be surprised what 25 J of energy will do to sheet metal when slam cycled 200,000 times. I have seen failures substantially worse then this on many modern cars. But few (if any) modern cars will be drivable in 37 years.

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Old 04-25-2021, 08:30 AM   #159
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The front carpet on my car was toast. Not only was it 37 years old, smelled bad and was full of cigarette burns but the worst part about it was it was pretty torn around the shifter cut out which is highly visible.





I had a couple of options;

1. Clean and try to repair it. By far the cheapest option but in the end the cigarette burns would still be visible.
2. Replace the whole carpet with a 1 piece aftermarket carpet. I gave this option serious consideration but I imagine installing a new one piece carpet would be challenging and my rear carpet was in great shape.
3. Replace the front section with a new carpet. Probably the most expensive option but the fit would be exact.


I ended up opting for option 3.

VP Autoparts had a NOS carpet in the color that matches my interior.

After several months of waiting it finally showed up and the color, fit and overall appearance was impressive. except for a few small holes which are probably there to hold some floor mat to the carpet.




After about 20 minutes of finessing it the carpet was perfectly laid out.





I am pleased with the overall finish and new car smell was an unexpected bonus. All in all it's pretty amazing how durable these interior panel are. Almost 40 years old and the clean up really well and don't crack easily. My be a cool weather climate thing

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