My experience is in a coupe, the door jams are stable so long as inner/middle rockers are in decent shape. In this particular project we used carbon fiber doors, hood, trunk so all the work on the gaps had to be done on the sheet metal. Furthermore, we replaced the rear wings altogether which introduced more variables (we had a LOT of massaging to do to get them to fit despite the excellent quality of the stampings). This was a very challenging project from that perspective and if not for Nate's genius and fearlessness would have been a non-starter.Beautiful work and an entertaining yet informative read!
Question on door gap and alignment:
Did you do the initial pre-painting door alignment while the body was on the rotisserie or on the wood cart? Does it matter for door alignment that the body wasn't resting on the suspension points?
BTW, as nice as this car looked when it rolled into the shop, it was a literal deathtrap. The front suspension points were so badly rusted that a good pot hole hit would have taken out the whole front end. Very scary and frankly very unethical. I don't know who did the original "restoration" but it clearly was not an oversight... Still makes me mad thinking about it...