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Old 07-19-2013, 10:07 PM
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Vehicle: 1992 Dodge Ram D250/350 Conv.
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I don't think it's the door sagging. It doesn't drop when I open it. Thought it does clang around driving down the road. The "lock" latch is all that holds it from swinging open but the door kind of sits like it would if someone didn't shut it all the way. So it has a considerable gap around the door where you hear air rushing in and you can see light outside... going over railroad tracks or gravel roads is hell... the whole door thuds up and down BAMBAMBAMBAMBAM... it's beyond freaking annoying!!!

From the outside, it looks like the door just wasn't shut all the way. Just enough to lock it but not enough for the door handle latch to hold.

The good news is that while cleaning the barn I did find two pristine doors off of another 92 Dodge that I thought I had previously scrapped! I was beyond excited! AND, everything from the door had already been stripped besides the inner locking hardware so it will literally only take a minute to pull it out.

The bad news was that I didn't have the proper star/torque bit. I had a set that was stolen from me. So I've had to sit on the part for two days. I just bought a new torque-bit set today so the door will be fixed tomorrow! If I put the new latch on and I continue to have the problem then I'll try something else but I'm telling ya.... everything else looks good visually.

Now, I don't know if this will help diagnose the issue, but it started doing this one night after I slammed the door out of anger. I usually don't take my anger out on my vehicles - in fact, in all my years I've only taken my anger out on three of my vehicles. Once, I was 16 and punched the a-pillar on my Escort. 10 years later, I spent three days working on my wife's Jeep and I was down to the last part and I kept repainting the fender and it wasn't matching anything else and I rushed for several days and at the last minute after repainting THREE times, I realized the paint shop gave me the wrong mixture and the Jeep was leaving for Texas for three months with my Mom and she made a smart-ass comment just playing around at the wrong moment about me not knowing what I was doing... and I kinda lost it and well, the fender didn't make it, lol! That was the last time. I don't like paying for new stuff because of an attitude problem lol... so when we went to a mechanic-friend's house in my truck (with trailer in tow) to pick up the same Jeep after the work was completed - we found that we forgot the straps 30 miles away. So my brother and this mechanic "friend" left to a 24-hour walmart to buy some plain-Jane ratchet straps. They were gone for THREE hours while I was stuck there with a car on the trailer with no straps and no help to do anything else. I got out and started pacing and cussing and finally sat down on the edge of the trailer trying to calm down and when I looked up the front end that was supposed to have been welded together where the control-arm meets the frame... I found nothing but holes and cottage cheese and only one side had been done!!!! It wasn't road-safe! See, the wife hit a dear and slid into a ditch on ice and it bent the bracket that the control-arm attaches to on the uni-body. I bought some aftermarket brackets from an off-road site. Apparently this is a common issue with Laredos. ANYway, he was supposed to have it done over the weekend. Grind off the old sheet-metal bracket and weld on the new solid-steel 1/2" thick bracket on both sides. Three weeks later - this is what I find. Only one side done (which he later said was because only one side was bent) but that wasn't the point. I bought two. I paid for two to be put on. Preventative care! So I'm sitting there staring at the job that was only partially completed and half-assed at that. It was horrible. I stood up and walked over to the hitch and dropped the trailer where it was at in the middle of his yard and peeled out and drove over part of his porch and flower bed and fence and got a block away on the one-way-street and here he comes with my brother around the corner. I stop and blow up on him and ask wtf was going on. Apparently, they ran into an old friend some "good dope" and thought they would only be a minute and didn't mean to take so long. They didn't even have the straps. I went after him and he sped off. I slowly walked back to my truck and got in and drove back to his place to end him. I stood in the driveway for a minute and decided against jail. When I got back in the truck - I slammed the door. I slammed it so hard that when I got home, I had a hard time opening it.

It's been messed up ever since. I know, long story - though one you might enjoy or at least get some entertainment value out of. But that's the only time I "hurt" my truck, lol! And I just couldn't help it. Better that door than my brother and my "friend". I haven't spoken to either since and the door has been a constant reminder for the last 8 months.

That wasn't supposed to be that long-winded lol... my bad! So I'm going now. Gonna go fix my door finally!
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