Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the rear door mounting and adjustment-1969-74 models
Fig. Fig. 2 Exploded view of the rear door mounting-1975-88 models
Loosen the hinge-to-door bolts for lateral adjustment only. Loosen the hinge-to-body bolts for both lateral and vertical adjustment.
Determine which hinge bolts are to be loosened and back them out just enough to allow movement.
For access to the upper hinge bolts on passenger van/bus models, remove the side trim panels. Left side trim panel removal requires removal of the rear seat.
To move the door safely, use a padded pry bar. When the door is in the proper position, tighten the bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm) and check the door operation. There should be no binding or interference when the door is closed and opened.
Door closing adjustment can also be affected by the position of the lock striker plate. Loosen the striker plate bolts and move the striker plate just enough to permit proper closing and locking of the door.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The hinges are riveted to the doors; bolted to the door frames. If the hinges are to be replaced, remove the door and drill out the rivets.
Matchmark the hinge-to-body locations. Support the door either on jackstands or have somebody hold it for you.
Remove the lower hinge-to-frame bolts.
For access to the upper hinge bolts on 1961-67 passenger van/bus models, remove the side trim panels. Left side trim panel removal requires removal of the rear seat.
Remove the upper hinge-to-frame bolts and lift the door off of the body.
If the hinges are being replaced, drill out the rivets using a 1 in. drill bit. New hinges are to be attached to the door with bolts, lockwashers and nuts. Use only hardened bolts of at least Grade 5.
Install the door and hinges with the bolts finger-tight.
Adjust the door and torque the hinge bolts to 24 ft. lbs. (33 Nm).