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I'd pass. Put up a wanted ad on craigslist and see what turns up. I got a clean set of uppers and lowers for $400 but need to paint them to match and find latches (unfortunately I don't have a white Jeep...).
 
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Looking at a set of half doors. Seller wants $550 for set with newer uppers but no mirrors. Issue is rust in the pinch welds at bottom. What causes this? Water instruction from above then can't drain out bottom? Is this a serious issue or can I just sand down and repaint doors. Aside from this they appear to be in pretty good condition. Should I keep looking? Not like there is a plethora of half doors for sale.

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I’d love to have those interior panels
 

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Looking at a set of half doors. Seller wants $550 for set with newer uppers but no mirrors. Issue is rust in the pinch welds at bottom. What causes this? Water instruction from above then can't drain out bottom? Is this a serious issue or can I just sand down and repaint doors. Aside from this they appear to be in pretty good condition. Should I keep looking? Not like there is a plethora of half doors for sale.

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Good luck ever being able to find interior panels in that great of shape. If it were me, id buy just for the panels, re skin them, and be done.
 
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I paid $300 for a set of half doors and uppers up here in Maine. Condition was better especially on the pinch weld. I would pass unless he comes down a bit. I won't pay what he is asking.
 
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Good luck ever being able to find interior panels in that great of shape. If it were me, id buy just for the panels, re skin them, and be done.
I probably am. He accepted my offer of 400 for lowers and uppers. Heading there today to inspect and pick up if checks out. Taking my trim removal tools to take interior panel off too check inside door just to make sure not rotted out inside.
 
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Thank you guys and gals for all your help and opinions. Much appreciated as always.
 

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I have two tj's with both with half and full doors. Love my half doors and I paid 250 and 450. I had no choice but to paint both sets. They are worth the cost. If you buy that set plan on media blast (not sand blast, they will warp) then rust proof and then repaint. Costly, yes but i believe the half door in the future will be similar to a gold brick! Just my 2 cents
 
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every year, up in the NE, pull a pin that holds on rubber molding down low on the door. use fluid film and a 360* wand to enter that hole and saturate the interior bottom of the doors.
that rust is just like our frames and is starting inside.

those look like they'd be some work to save, what the seller did was not what will be required to make them last.



 
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every year, up in the NE, pull a pin that holds on rubber molding down low on the door. use fluid film and a 360* wand to enter that hole and saturate the interior bottom of the doors.
that rust is just like our frames and is starting inside.

those look like they'd be some work to save, what the seller did was not what will be required to make them last.



Checking on these others in West Virginia that you sent me to see if they're still available now. Thank you.
 

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Ty. I was thinking 350-450
I would not purchase those at any price.... Anywhere you go about it you end up finding rust also those things are rough enough to chew up your tub paint if they ever touch it.

Those things are out there ... I would absolutely love to have a set of white ones myself.
 
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every year, up in the NE, pull a pin that holds on rubber molding down low on the door. use fluid film and a 360* wand to enter that hole and saturate the interior bottom of the doors.
that rust is just like our frames and is starting inside.

those look like they'd be some work to save, what the seller did was not what will be required to make them last.



Red ones sold. Heading to pick up the yellow ones now. No rust, woohoo! Thank you @someguysjeep
 
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every year, up in the NE, pull a pin that holds on rubber molding down low on the door. use fluid film and a 360* wand to enter that hole and saturate the interior bottom of the doors.
that rust is just like our frames and is starting inside.

those look like they'd be some work to save, what the seller did was not what will be required to make them last.



If anyone in NY wants to pick up those doors I'll buy the slate grey inner panels off you for the full $270 (you can keep the doors).
 
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I just looked at those yellow doors in the link. They are in the town I’m originally from. I don’t know the guy though.

Doors look good.
They look really good in the photos. Let's hope they look just as good in person, LOL. He bought them last year and they've been in his attic since. Name is Steve.
 
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they don't look bad. .hope it pans out for you.
Thank you, @someguysjeep it did indeed pan out. Zero rust in the pinch welds or any part of the door for that matter except where the soft upper rubbed the top on driver door. Plus they have black interior panels! Yea! I almost hate to paint over the original yellow factory paint. As I know yellow ones are very rare. Still has factory stickers. Brand new uppers still in box too. Anyways, wanted everyone to know it worked out and I now have nice half doors. A few pics.

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I know some aren’t interested in matching the half door key cylinders to their own ignition key because soft tops and half doors aren’t secure to begin with, but if you’re like me and just want things to work like they are supposed to, the cylinders are real easy to re-key.

I wrote up a How-To on it.

 

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I know some aren’t interested in matching the half door key cylinders to their own ignition key because soft tops and half doors aren’t secure to begin with, but if you’re like me and just want things to work like they are supposed to, the cylinders are real easy to re-key.

I wrote up a How-To on it.

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I know some aren’t interested in matching the half door key cylinders to their own ignition key because soft tops and half doors aren’t secure to begin with, but if you’re like me and just want things to work like they are supposed to, the cylinders are real easy to re-key.

I wrote up a How-To on it.

Yes. I read that when you posted it and will be doing it. I am the same way in wanting things to work as they should. Thank you for the great write up on it.
 
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Thank you, @someguysjeep it did indeed pan out. Zero rust in the pinch welds or any part of the door for that matter except where the soft upper rubbed the top on driver door. Plus they have black interior panels! Yea! I almost hate to paint over the original yellow factory paint. As I know yellow ones are very rare. Still has factory stickers. Brand new uppers still in box too. Anyways, wanted everyone to know it worked out and I now have nice half doors. A few pics.

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Very nice! Congratulations! I've been following this thread. I was lucky and found my half doors years ago in my matching red color. You'll love those half doors. I switch out my full doors in late spring, early summer for my half doors. Enjoy! Keep us posted as you paint them to match your Jeep.
 
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