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Arghh new door alignment out!

I had set aside an hour or so to put my replacement door on tonight. Anyway after at least 2 hours of wrestling it won't line up (even with my father helping). When the bolts are slack and I lift it up it will close but when I tighten them it sits at least 1/3 of an inch to low at the lock end.

The car had taken a light hit to the old door but it still closed (I only replaced it due to damage around the handle and rust). So any thoughts, can I put washers between the door hinge plates to back it out or any better tips on hanging the door?

At worst A-pillar may be slightly out can this be fixed or will it need a new one welded in - there is very little visible damage to it?? Wondered about putting the alloy jack in the door frame with 2x4's and trying to back the A-pillar out slightly but worried it might go wrong?? If I take it to my local bodyshop (they are pretty good) will they be able to fit it properly at not to much cost?? any help appreciated!
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Help anyone any thoughts on something I can try, the cars getting mot'd (roadworthyness test) on Tue and don't want to put the old door back on (especially as I've stripped it of all it mechanisms)!
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Try this:

1) Open door wide.

2) Place a piece of lumber (approx. 2 inch by 4 inch across door sill)

3) Close door as much as you can.

4) Use lumber to leverage door upwards.

5) Remove lumber.

6) Test door fit.

Repeat as necessary.

I know that this seems like blasphemy, but it works...

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cheers mate, will try it on sunday. If it doesn't work I'm going to take the car to a bodyshop on Tue for them to have a look and if necessary put it on a jig and give it a pull!
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