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Regardless of the stupid door ajar indicator, I seem to be having trouble closing the drivers side door properly, from the inside. Dare I say its easier when the car's moving. Comparatively the bird's doors practically close themselves. I'm trying to hit the sweet spot of gingerly slamming. It sounds like there's a little rattle when I do slam it though, almost as if the window has 0.5mm of slack in its housing. That's what it sounds like, I don't necessarily think it's the window

Closing it from the outside is easy of course, like a two finger slam

There's also something challenging about opening the drivers side door too (from the outside only). We've read that the handles are inherently brittle, so I'm mindful of that every time - but there's nothing else I can grab on to open the car up unless the windows are cracked open.
With that said, there's a weird 1.5 step process. Pull door handle to disengage the door, then I let go and slowly pull the handle to open it. This might be me not following a particular protocol with the security system, and I still got to read through the users manual. Want to drive it more when the weather smooths out

I havent used the passenger door that often, but I didn't have any problems there.

Are they just inherently different doors, or is there something particular with the one I have, I wonder
 
It does sound a little reverb-y when I close the doors on mine, but I wouldn't say there's any additional effort from an interior close vs. exterior. The door panel is a little weak around the handle so if it's fractured or not properly attached to the door in that area that may be adding to the feeling of a weaker pull; it might be worth popping it off to take a peek.

I don't use the passenger door often; it tends to "stick" to the rubber weatherstripping and it requires a little extra effort to pull open the first time. I've also had no problems yanking on the exterior handles to bust the doors free of light icing that happens occasionally in the winter, though I don't wail on them too hard.

Really nothing about the security system affects the door opening or closing.
 
Hmm, yea! Thats kind of what it's like opening the drivers door from outside, like its sticking to the rubber and causing an extra step to open it
 
I am overly mindful of the door handles on our '97 T-Bird. I usually just pop it open with the handle and then pull it open by grabbing the rear of the window frame with my fingers. If the door is frozen or sticking I'll grab the bottom edge of the door above the rocker panel with my fingers and pull it open from there. I try to never pull on the exterior door handle to physically open the door.

How are your striker bolt bushings? They could be worn out and need to be replaced. Also could have worn door hinges at this point. With the door open can you lift it up by the rear of the door and feel play in the hinges? These are big heavy doors.
 
When I first saw this thread title I could’ve swore it was going to be another one of the disappearing doors, threads. :bdh::bdh2:
 
Ha! I looked up the video for the disappearing doors. Thats funny. Somehow, removing the center pillars make the car look even more pedestrian

I am overly mindful of the door handles on our '97 T-Bird. I usually just pop it open with the handle and then pull it open by grabbing the rear of the window frame with my fingers. If the door is frozen or sticking I'll grab the bottom edge of the door above the rocker panel with my fingers and pull it open from there. I try to never pull on the exterior door handle to physically open the door.

How are your striker bolt bushings? They could be worn out and need to be replaced. Also could have worn door hinges at this point. With the door open can you lift it up by the rear of the door and feel play in the hinges? These are big heavy doors.


No play on the open side of the door. There's some rust color dust in the driver side hinge, but I don't sense any issues with movement. The passenger side does not have the rust powder
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Bushings.. Now I picture that to be the intermediate material between metal on metal right? Are we talking between the striker plate and frame, or between the door contacts?

Bird: Looks worn but functions well
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LSC: The lighting is weird, this is visually black except worn where its contacting. Looks similar on the passenger side, but less worn (go figure)
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Later I intend to get a video of the odd 1.5 process
 
I closed the door pretty hard today with the window half down. The window sounded really pissed off. I imagine that's not normal
 
I'm betting the hinge pins and bushings need to be redone.
 
When I first saw this thread title I could’ve swore it was going to be another one of the disappearing doors, threads. :bdh::bdh2:
Wait, there are dissapearing doors on the Mark 8??!!
 
That could be and the windows go first =[
 
I thought the disappearing doors were cool, but the cutting required was substantial. Cooler than Lambo doors!

 

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