Bodywork is a skill some desperately want to master and others will do anything to avoid. But then again, there are phases of bodywork that do cross into the mechanical realm more so than say smearin' body filler and spraying noxious mixtures of urethane. What I'm talking about is more of the R&R end of the trade-you know, using wrenches and hammers and things. Here I thought I'd give you a quick lesson in replacing a commonly damaged (unfortunately) component that every classic pickup owner has at least two of: doorskins.
Don't get nervous, reskinning a door is actually one of the easier tasks in the autobody realm. It ranks right up there with removing and replacing a fender. Well, OK, it might be a little more involved than that-but it's nothing that a moderately experienced car guy should be terrified to try. The following images and captions (thanks to Orlando for letting me look over his shoulder) should help you get a grasp of how to tackle a job like this, and though this is an early Chevy II door assembly, the same procedures hold true for nearly all steel doors. So take a look and decide if this is a chore you may consider doing yourself. Hey, it very well may save you a bundle of cash on your next resto.