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Old 03-08-2008, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was scratching my head for a long time trying to figure out something I could use to prop the doors of my SSR open at the first stopping point so that the interior could be displayed better at cruise-ins and car shows.

I don't like the looks with the doors wide open, and usually you don't have that kind of room to keep them wide open anyway. It isn't wise to keep them partially open, and not secured in some manner, for fear of people bumping in to them and knocking your door into the vehicle beside you.

Well, recently I was snooping around in a Lowe's Hope Improvement Store for some ideas. I figured that I could somehow utilize a piece of tubing, pipe, or wood dowel, but I was also looking for something that was not quite so rigid. Something that would be more forgiving. Then, low and behold, I found exactly what I was looking for, and best of all it was already about the correct length that I figured I needed.....16" or so. BTW, these springs are located in any Lowe's store in the aisle where the fasteners are.

It was a 16-1/2" long tightly wound 9/16" diameter coiled spring. I bought 2 of them at a cost of $4.97/each. I used a pair of wire cutters to cut away a portion of the full loop at either end to form a hook. One hook slips tightly over the striker on the inside of the truck body and the other hook slips into a narrow opening near the latch on the edge of the door.

For a finishing touch I put small pieces of the carpeted side of velcro on the edges of the doors for protection, and I bought some 5/8" diameter convoluted bright chrome split tubing (available at Pep Boys or O'Reilly's) and slipped it over the springs to dress them up a bit.

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Slick mod, Alex, I'm impressed, and thanks for sharing.

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I was scratching my head for a long time trying to figure out something I could use to prop the doors of my SSR open at the first stopping point so that the interior could be displayed better at cruise-ins and car shows.

... For a finishing touch I put small pieces of the carpeted side of velcro on the edges of the doors for protection, and I bought some 5/8" diameter convoluted bright chrome split tubing (available at Pep Boys or O'Reilly's) and slipped it over the springs to dress them up a bit.

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I like that idea Alex ...

BTW: Do you have a couple of photos with the bright chrome split tubing on? Edit... I see that it appears that you do have the tubing on correct? Maybe you can provide a shot or two of your SSR from a distance so we can see how the doors look propped open?

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*I see that shows off your great looking SSR step sill accessory much better that way!
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Alex, what would happen if some little kid who not being closely watch by Mom or Pop tries to close the door?
Would that do more harm?
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I like that idea Alex ...

BTW: Do you have a couple of photos with the bright chrome split tubing on? Edit... I see that it appears that you do have the tubing on correct? Maybe you can provide a shot or two of your SSR from a distance so we can see how the doors look propped open?

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*I see that shows off your great looking SSR step sill accessory much better that way!
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Here are a couple of photos a bit further away that I took at the same time I took the other photos that I attached in my initial post. I hope these are far enough away. I went outside just now to take a couple of more shots but realized my truck was dirty, as it rained hard here yesterday. So I said no way! You know the unwritten rule here on the forum....."No photos of dirty SSRs are allowed!"

BTW, I forgot to mention that the springs appear to be galvanized (zinc plated, etc.), so they are not bad looking as is. Also, the polyethylene convoluted split tubing is available in black, red, and blue colors as well.

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Alex, what would happen if some little kid who not being closely watch by Mom or Pop tries to close the door?
Would that do more harm?
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Jeff,

What happens in that case is that the spring buckles. Depending on if you are on a level spot and how hard the door was pushed in, the spring will generally push the door back out. With additional force applied after the spring has buckled, the spring still remains attached (hooked) at either and it merely folds up neatly so that the door can be practically closed.....just not all the way. Your concern was a good point, but I believe that it is not a real issue with this setup.

Trust me, being the "anal retentive" engineer that Crystal accuses me of all the time, I tested out this set up pretty well, to see how it would react. That's I why I like it, particularly better that something much more rigid.

The key is getting the ends that you have cut to form a hook bent just right so that it actually takes a little bit of effort to put the hooks in place and to remove them.

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Talking I see I will have to do that for mine too!

I like that look indeed...

BTW: Alex, I had forgotten how great your seats show up especially with the doors cracked open!
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I like that look indeed...

BTW: Alex, I had forgotten how great your seats show up especially with the doors cracked open!
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Thanks....my "silver buddy"! Believe me, the seat covers were the big reason why I was seaching for something to keep the doors propped slightly open. Got to show off those Katzkins!

You know, those 2-toned Katzkin seat covers would look just as good in your SSR!!! Hell, get the seat covers and then you'll have a reason to go buy the materials for the custom door props. Now that's some real logic for you!

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I might add that having the springs covered with the polyethylene tubing is not just for looks but for some added cushion/protection.

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Thumbs up Alex>>>love your curious innovations

Alex: It seems we share a bit of the same creative innovative bug!
Had one question though,is the spring mechanism strong enough to resist any
opposite force against it,like if some jerk thinks they want to push the door closed? Looks great and still has your signature bling!

PS: Boy that velcro tape sure is handy,I had to use it to secure my gauge pod to the floor and put some on the side to hide the lousy factory installation of the gauge pod,or maybe it was the dealer,
anyway the gap between the console drove me nuts,so I used a piece of black door edge guard,to give it a finished look,not bad,better than a quarter inch air gap!
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Alex: It seems we share a bit of the same creative innovative bug!
Had one question though,is the spring mechanism strong enough to resist any
opposite force against it,like if some jerk thinks they want to push the door closed? Looks great and still has your signature bling!

PS: Boy that velcro tape sure is handy,I had to use it to secure my gauge pod to the floor and put some on the side to hide the lousy factory installation of the gauge pod,or maybe it was the dealer,
anyway the gap between the console drove me nuts,so I used a piece of black door edge guard,to give it a finished look,not bad,better than a quarter inch air gap!
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Come on now, it's very hard to cover all potential scenarios of abuse. It does take a reasonable push to get the spring to buckle. The spring is stronger in tension (pulling on it) than compression (pushing against the door).

If someone merely nudges agaist the propped open door, it will take it and stay in place. If some person leans against it, yes it will buckle. But as I mentioned to Jeff, the spring will fold up and no damage done as the door practically fully closes.

However, with the application of any door prop, I'm much more concerned that the prop will securely hold the door and prevent it from swinging further outward. That is definitely a no no! This set up accomplishes what I want it to do, and it's cheap!

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Come on now, it's very hard to cover all potential scenarios of abuse. It does take a reasonable push to get the spring to buckle. The spring is stronger in tension (pulling on it) than compression (pushing against the door).

If someone merely nudges agaist the propped open door, it will take it and stay in place. If some person leans against it, yes it will buckle. But as I mentioned to Jeff, the spring will fold up and no damage done as the door practically fully closes.

However, with the application of any door prop, I'm much more concerned that the prop will securely hold the door and prevent it from swinging further outward. That is definitely a no no! This set up accomplishes what I want it to do, and it's cheap!

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Actually I was thinking if you used a telescoping tube with holes for a lock button to stop into,it could be used by many show car applications,you definetly have a great idea there and yes,in most scenarios your gizmo will suffice,just teasing
you cause I can and you are gracious about it!
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Actually I was thinking if you used a telescoping tube with holes for a lock button to stop into,it could be used by many show car applications,you definetly have a great idea there and yes,in most scenarios your gizmo will suffice,just teasing
you cause I can and you are gracious about it!
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Hal,

Thinking's one thing, doing is another.

Follow through with your idea and lets see what it looks like. There's always room for improvement.

BTW, at a cruise-in last Saturday when I "unveiled" these door props, a friend of mine with a customized Ford Ranger pickup truck was intrigued by them. So I let him borrow one for a minute to try it out on his truck. He came back with a big smile on his face and said it worked perfectly on his truck as well. He told me that he was on his way to a Lowe's store after the cruise-in to buy him a couple of "door props".

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great idea

Another purpose would be to create a barrier while showing your ride. Keeps all the folks tempted to crawl inside at a distance
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Thinking's one thing, doing is another.

Follow through with your idea and lets see what it looks like. There's always room for improvement.

BTW, at a cruise-in last Saturday when I "unveiled" these door props, a friend of mine with a customized Ford Ranger pickup truck was intrigued by them. So I let him borrow one for a minute to try it out on his truck. He came back with a big smile on his face and said it worked perfectly on his truck as well. He told me that he was on his way to a Lowe's store after the cruise-in to buy him a couple of "door props".

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Just sharing an idea,with no disrespect for what you are doing,I am thinking(Arby's) no,,,, patent pending, my friend,your the engineer!

I hate Arby's,only ate there twice in my life and and had terible food?!The ad
is sure catchy though!! Now if that were me at the car show,I would have told him I can get you one tommorrow for X+cost ,does that work for you! However simple it may seem to you it has a worth and you deserve to pay yourself for having fun creating with your gift! Sometimes little things turn big
and big things turn little, you never know.Everything begins from one single thought! Capitolism is the life blood of our country! Love it!! Sorry,had a side bar episode of thought! It's fanatics like yourself that make this site so very fun for me! "Neccesity is the mother of invention" always loved that quote>>>>the words are inspiring in and of them self to me!
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I got an idea

This idea will save both time and money.

Leave door close and open the window.

You'll save time before the show 'cause you don't need to clean the side windows.

You'll also save money 'cause your Windex will last longer.

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This idea will save both time and money.

Leave door close and open the window.

You'll save time before the show 'cause you don't need to clean the side windows.

You'll also save money 'cause your Windex will last longer.

From the book "Dummy ideas from Triple R".


Jeff,

Nice try, but I've got to go with some door props to show off the pedals, door sills, and those seat covers better. Besides, with the sides of the SSR being so tall, many young kids cannot see inside the vehicle. I would rather them be able to take a peak inside via the propped open doors than for them to be frustrated and lean up against my door trying to look over the top of it.

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Just sharing an idea,with no disrespect for what you are doing,I am thinking(Arby's) no,,,, patent pending, my friend,your the engineer!

I hate Arby's,only ate there twice in my life and and had terible food?!The ad
is sure catchy though!! Now if that were me at the car show,I would have told him I can get you one tommorrow for X+cost ,does that work for you! However simple it may seem to you it has a worth and you deserve to pay yourself for having fun creating with your gift! Sometimes little things turn big
and big things turn little, you never know.Everything begins from one single thought! Capitolism is the life blood of our country! Love it!! Sorry,had a side bar episode of thought! It's fanatics like yourself that make this site so very fun for me! "Neccesity is the mother of invention" always loved that quote>>>>the words are inspiring in and of them self to me!
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Don't worry about making suggestions. Besides interaction like this is how ideas can get improved or new ones started. I was just trying to encourage you to follow through with your idea.

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At an out door show propping the door open discourages small folks from climbing on the running board to get a look inside.
Kids like to see whats inside especially if its nice on the outside.
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Hey Alex,

I've been working on a set of solid steel, chromed door stays for about 4 months and will have the first set available for testing in 2 or 3 weeks. They are cut out to hook-lock into the door jamb fitting and have a pin that goes into the latch. Once installed, you can lock the door and set the alarm.

I need an anal-retentive chrome junkie to give me an honest test. Are you interested?????

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I've been working on a set of solid steel, chromed door stays for about 4 months and will have the first set available for testing in 2 or 3 weeks. They are cut out to hook-lock into the door jamb fitting and have a pin that goes into the latch. Once installed, you can lock the door and set the alarm.

I need an anal-retentive chrome junkie to give me an honest test. Are you interested?????

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Mike - That is a great idea. There have been some made by individuals in the streetrod industry for their personal show cars. How about one that holds the hood open at about 2 feet instead of having it wide open from the struts? I have added the strut kit to my 03 and don't want to display the SSR with the hood wide open? The strut force would hold the retaining part in place. It could utilize the factory hood prop mounting and support location when open?

If you need a test dummy.......I would volunteer if Alex is unavailable.

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I've been working on a set of solid steel, chromed door stays for about 4 months and will have the first set available for testing in 2 or 3 weeks. They are cut out to hook-lock into the door jamb fitting and have a pin that goes into the latch. Once installed, you can lock the door and set the alarm.

I need an anal-retentive chrome junkie to give me an honest test. Are you interested?????

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Mike:

You've got me pegged, pal! One anal-retentive chrome junkie here who'd be more than glad to field test it for you. Bring it on!

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Mike - That is a great idea. There have been some made by individuals in the streetrod industry for their personal show cars. How about one that holds the hood open at about 2 feet instead of having it wide open from the struts? I have added the strut kit to my 03 and don't want to display the SSR with the hood wide open? The strut force would hold the retaing part in place. It could utilize the factory hood prop mounting and support location when open?

If you need a test dummy.......I would volunteer if Alex is unavailable.

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Tony,

Trust me....I'm all over Mike's concept like "flies on you know what"!

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How about one that holds the hood open at about 2 feet instead of having it wide open from the struts?
Tony,

Give me a measurement of how high you want the hood. Measure from the top of the grill spear to teh corner of the hood. I'm guessing about 24"..??? or so??? I won't tell you how I'm gonna do it, you just gotta trust me. Send me a PM with the shipping address to get it to you in about 10 days.

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You've got me pegged, pal! One anal-retentive chrome junkie here who'd be more than glad to field test it for you. Bring it on!

Alex

I knew you were too much of a junkie to resist. That's why I had already planned on sending you a test set.
I'll try to get a couple test sets made. One for you and the other for Tony. I shipped off the prototypes about 2 weeks ago and should have a package on my doorstep in a couple weeks with the production version. I've got your number buddy.

later
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