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Suicide Doors on a 1996 Tahoe - Customs by Ripper
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Suicide Rear Doors:
Shaved door handles all around:
I will never see the end result of this truck, the owner of the shop where I was working on it disappeared and the vehicle owner is fed up with him.
I start by removing the door panels and rear interior panels. This job was interesting as there wasn't much room to install the hinges with the rear wheel well right there. I had the same problem with the 2008 Suburban although that had more room than this truck.
The front door panel is off as well, as we're shaving ALL of the door handles on the truck. Same for the barn doors out back.
I'm glad I don't have to re-wire the stereo, that's for sure......
The rear doors are getting a little bit of "Old School" customizing, as we're using the stock door latches instead of the bear claw kits. These latches will be used on the opposite side, in the front of each door. Had the factory door hinges been bolt-on, instead of weld-on, they would have been used as well. That would have eliminated the next problem.
I had to remove most of the rear door jamb for access to the inner structure and for room to sneak the hinges in there. I also had to cut out part of the wheel well as these hinges are pretty big. I will also be adding metal to the back of the door, as the big hump on the wheel well (where the latch used to be) would have been in the way.
Rebuilding the door and the door post took quite a bit of metal
Finally, added the factory latch (had to switch sides)...
The suicide doors are pretty much done at this point. All that is left is body filler, prep and paint. Unfortunately, that will never be done on this truck, but the owner is buying another one, so you never know...
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