Certified SSR "Nutcase"
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Lyman, SC
Rear spoiler, 20"/22" Dub Phase6 Wheels, '06 Chrome Pkg., 2-Tone Katzkin seats, Magnaflow CB Exhaust
Custom Door Props for Cruise-ins & Car Shows:
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.