Briano's Door Check repair.

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Briano's Door Check repair.

Post by Briano1234 » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:23 am

When I bought my Cabby, I purchased it with a Dinged door.

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Well the Door check was stressed and one of the welds broke, but the other finally gave up the Ghost, and my door wouldn't stay open, and popped when I closed it....


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While the real repair is here:
https://vwgolfmk1.org.uk/forum/index.ph ... st_1354305

It involves cutting and welding, taking the knee bar out the Carpet out or away to a point.

I like usual decided to go another route. Yes I could of welded the thing to the Pillar on the Bottom, I have a wire welder, But decided to try something else, after seeing that some cars did the same and others used a Screwed on Binder to hold the Check, I decided to try it. Now I could of cut the thing off but I figured with my Luck, it would rattle inside... and I hate rattles.

I used a few power tools, as in my Grinder, and Sawzall, most things are in your tool box, as in Hacksaw, and files….

I tried to locate a 90 degree angle bracket but had issues with bending the steel as it was soft and usually tore with or without heat as I was trying to get it bent right… Sooooo Back to the drawing board.

From a Piece of Square stock that I had, I drew out the 45 degree arm movement that I would need. By making the Angle I got a Longer side for the pin.....

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I used a sawzall to cut the piece out.
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Knowing that I really needed 2 of the pieces in opposite directions. I cut the Square stock in half by the long corners.
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I ended up with a upper and lower set:
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I used a grinder and a Pair of Vice Grips to hold the pieces together so I could grind them the same shape.

After Center drilling a 5/16 in hole at the long ends Paying attention to Keeping the Two Pieces together to get the hole in the same location. As well as a 3/16 in hole in the Short side (for my attachment screw or Rivet.)

I cleaned and sanded the Metal, and Primed it well. 3 coats.
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After allowing the Primer to dry, I took out the pin for the door check. Placing the 2 brackets on top and bottom of the Broken check, I inserted the pin and clamped them with small vice grips, and used the 3/16 drill to drill through the sill of the “A” Pillar. I unclamped it, and took it back to my pain booth.
(ok Cardboard box)

Having the Paint shop make up rattle cans of one stage paint, I sprayed 3 coats to all sides of the brackets, followed by 2 clear coats. (color matched by computer)…

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Next and Last I place the brackets on top and bottom, used the Pin to hold it all together, and using Stainless Steel Rivets to Rivet it to the Pillar, I decided to add a washer to the head side for increased gripping strength…. but in the process I broke my old trusty POP riveter…Dam and it was only 15 years old….

So I went to my fall back a 10mm Washered Sheet Metal Screw black in the Pick-a-nut section that was about 5/16.
and screwed the bottom in….. it was late and I the store where I could buy a new Hydraulic Rivet Gun was closed….

After the Job was over, I hit the arm and top bolt with paint and clear.


From this:
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to

This:
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My door Stays open now, I don't have to possibly hurt the Speaker Pods with my foot or knee, and I have no "pop" noise when I open or close my door.

Just another way that I did it.
Briano

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