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The latch at the end of the door is held by two screws that attach from the outside of the door. Loosening them does not allow me to move the latch, so I'm assuming I also need to do what you're suggesting to allow adjustment.
Correct... the latch adjustment is not made at the end of the door. The adjustment is made at the inside lever handle where the shaft to the handle is secured to the door structure with a large nut. The shaft protrudes through a slotted hole allowing the position of the shaft to move forward or back, effectively increasing or decreasing the lever arm to the latch at the end of the door. Moving the shaft forward "pulls" on the lever arm and latch, thereby raising or lifting it a bit higher over the catch on the door jam.

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Thanks Ken.

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That does not solve the issue of the door and body latches being slightly misadjusted. Adjusting the one on the body messes up the shut lines. The door side latch did not want to move when loosened. I may now have that one solved, if I understand Ken correctly.
Mr.Gary, can it be that the door is slightly misaligned and the receiver corrects it when shutting. Try loosening hex screws on the receiving part on the pillar just enough to be able to move it around with hand, then carefully close the door and see where door ends up/wants to go without latch pulling it up or down. Do you have any scraping marks on latch or the receiver?

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Good thought, Zaza. I haven't tried that, because the shut lines are spot on and I hate to mess with them. But ... there are scrape marks on the latch.

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Good thought, Zaza. I haven't tried that, because the shut lines are spot on and I hate to mess with them. But ... there are scrape marks on the latch.
Mr.Gary these videos explain door alignment, latch mechanism and I think the hinge repair too:

I screwed up the hinge repair on first try: door gaps would align perfectly but there was a tension at the last 1.5-2 of door closure even without a gasket, caused by a bent hinge (removed hinge when placed on the flat surface completely opened was not parallel with the surface. Also the hinge to door and pillar mating surfaces have to be flat). Had to redo it again, now it's working pefectly
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Good thought, Zaza. I haven't tried that, because the shut lines are spot on and I hate to mess with them. But ... there are scrape marks on the latch.
Mr.Gary these videos explain door alignment, latch mechanism and I think the hinge repair too:

I screwed up the hinge repair on first try: door gaps would align perfectly but there was a tension at the last 1.5-2" of door closure even without a gasket, caused by a bent hinge (removed hinge when placed on the flat surface completely opened was not parallel with the surface. Also the hinge to door and pillar mating surfaces have to be flat). Had to redo it again, now it's working pefectly

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Thank you. I'll watch the video. My door hinges were refreshed a while ago and are fine. I realized the need when the driver's door popped open on a fast corner, surprising me and almost giving my Dad heart failure. I was going a bit fast and he was not used to (a) being a passenger or (b) the cornering speed of a well set up Alfa.

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Wow, I better get the passenger's side done pronto and new seat belts...

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I used hinge repair kits from Alfaholics. Years ago I also put in retractable 3-point seat belts from a seat belt company in southern California. They aren't originale, but they are easier to use than the two separate belts that came with the car.

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