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    Poorly fitting door and missing part

    I am new here and looking to buy my first 1974 Beetle 1300.

    On inspection I noticed that the passenger door does not fit properly in the body. It is flush at the front, right along the top and at the rear its flush for about the depth of the window. But the lower rear corner is proud of the body by about 3mm. It goes in if I push pretty hard but springs out as soon as I stop.

    Is this a simple matter of adjusting the hinges or a bigger job?

    The only other thing I noticed was that below the engine are two L brackets. They each contain a 2" bolt hanging freely downwards, but nothing else. So whats missing?

    Sorry to wade in with two questions, but I am keen to buy.

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    First posts normally go in introductions else you could get a free fix and we never see you again!!!

    Your car spec says 0, only what I've added from this post.

    Crasher is our expert on a lot of models, he has Beetles see what he says when he reads this moved post.
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    It could be any one of a number of this from poor adjust, a bodged door or a distorted body from poor welding work or an accident, it would need to be professionally appraised by a Beetle body expert, 38 years ago I was seeing this on botched up bugs and in that time things have not improved, they still get botched as they are worth more now, the prices I see being asked for utter piles of **** is unreal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crasher View Post
    It could be any one of a number of this from poor adjust, a bodged door or a distorted body from poor welding work or an accident, it would need to be professionally appraised by a Beetle body expert, 38 years ago I was seeing this on botched up bugs and in that time things have not improved, they still get botched as they are worth more now, the prices I see being asked for utter piles of **** is unreal.
    Thanks very much. I have spent a few hours adjusting doors on my 1954 MGTF. It just worried me that this beetle door didn’t look straightforward. The seller just waved my concerns aside, saying the hinges just needed trimming, but I was not convinced.
    1974 Beetle 1300

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpy View Post
    Thanks very much. I have spent a few hours adjusting doors on my 1954 MGTF. It just worried me that this beetle door didn’t look straightforward. The seller just waved my concerns aside, saying the hinges just needed trimming, but I was not convinced.

    Any idea about this one?

    "The only other thing I noticed was that below the engine are two L brackets. They each contain a 2" bolt hanging freely downwards, but nothing else. So whats missing?"
    1974 Beetle 1300

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