Hi. This is sort of a long story.
BMW 740iL was in a car accident and damaged the driver side front door and driver side back door. The collison was a side swipe. The other driver's insurance paid wrote a check that covered the cost to repair it. Anyone who's bought any part for a BMW knows it's expensive and I found 2 doors in perfect condition at a scrap yard which I think is rare for this model bmw. So I took on the venture of replacing the doors myself and saving some money.
1. Now I have some road blocks. I usually try to find a Haynes manual before starting on projects, but Haynes doesn't make one for this car. So one mistake was not scribing the hinge to provide reference for reinstallation. So, I already know that I should have marked the hinge. Lesson learned. I've tried every which way to reinstall the door by guessing where I should place the hinges and I think I'm close.
2. The second problem is the frame has minor damage. The dents on the door frame are almost invisible unless you compare it to the other side of the car.
I haven't started on the back door yet, but as far as the front door is the dillema is the door doesn't seem to close tightly. It will close and seem to fit, but still seems loose. So I'm wondering if this could be a result the first problem or if it could be a result of the second problem. I will try to post pictures in a few hours.
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 AT 6:37 PM