57 passenger door fit

I have a 57 Tbird, and the passenger door doesn't fit properly. The front edge rear top fit flush but the bottom rear flares out 1\8 inch from the door handle down. There appears to not have had any body work in this area. Also I have to replace the glass for a second time as the inner laminate has spontaneously cracked and has sevreral cracks but the outer layer is unbroken. Any clues as to what's going on?
 
I have a 57 Tbird, and the passenger door doesn't fit properly. The front edge rear top fit flush but the bottom rear flares out 1\8 inch from the door handle down. There appears to not have had any body work in this area. Also I have to replace the glass for a second time as the inner laminate has spontaneously cracked and has sevreral cracks but the outer layer is unbroken. Any clues as to what's going on?
 
Sounds like to me the door at one time was distorted maybe opened to hard or the wind may of caught it.and with the glass problem.if the door is distorted it may be putting the glass in a bind causing it to separate. sounds like you will have to replace the door.if you do end up replacing the door I have some.
 

Douglemmo

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The flare out at the bottom of the T-Bird doors is often found to be caused by the bottom weather strip causing it to bend out. Some people remove the lower weather strip at the bottom of the door.

W/r to the glass, I have never heard of that before. Someone else will have to offer suggestions on that issue.
 

CSPIDY

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loosen the latch on the door frame, push it all the in and up then retighten, this should pull the door back into place. you may have to di this every now and again because they loosen and give way.
 

jack-in-sac

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I have a 57 Tbird, and the passenger door doesn't fit properly. The front edge rear top fit flush but the bottom rear flares out 1\8 inch from the door handle down. There appears to not have had any body work in this area. Also I have to replace the glass for a second time as the inner laminate has spontaneously cracked and has sevreral cracks but the outer layer is unbroken. Any clues as to what's going on?
This is a very common problem. The door is relatively heavy and even a bit heavier if you have power windows. . The factory door alignment tool was a 2x4. I have adjusted the doors on my 57 Ranch wagon using a 2x4 before painting and installing door seals. If the door is out at the bottom then a block at the top between the door and the door frame and then with your hands grip the door at the top and the bottom and push in on the bottom to attempt to tweak it in at the bottom. Before you use the metod to adjust your door check to see if the hinge pins are worn allowing the door to sag. This is more commonly associated with the drivers door do to it seeing much more use than the passenger side. good luck.
 
The flare out at the bottom of the T-Bird doors is often found to be caused by the bottom weather strip causing it to bend out. Some people remove the lower weather strip at the bottom of the door.

W/r to the glass, I have never heard of that before. Someone else will have to offer suggestions on that issue.
Excellent advice. I took a look at the weather stripping and it appears to have shifted and bulged at the bottom. I can push on the door and it pushes back. As I stated before the front and top rear align perfectly. As I need to tear into the door anyway to replace the glass and lube the power window gears I'll pay attention to that weather strip. It makes sense. I'm pretty Shure the stress of the warp is causing the glass to crack. I'll address that before I replace the glass AGAIN! Thanks!
 

jack-in-sac

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Just as a sidebar; all three years use the same door weatherstripping. Yes I know that the 57 door looks different. When you open the door you will see a piece of sheetmetal screwed to the door under the curve that the weatherstripping follows. It is that piece that allows the same weatherstrip to follow. That saved new molding dies for the weatherstripping for a relatively low volume car.
 
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