Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby crowdsurferx [OP] » January 9th 2015, 4:23am

Does anyone know where I can get one of these? I own a cargo van with the window on the sliding door, wanting to buy a solid sliding door with no window. Thank you
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » January 9th 2015, 4:39am

Junk yard is the only place.
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby crowdsurferx [OP] » January 10th 2015, 2:19am

Are you sure about that?
http://www.chevroletonlineparts.com/?p=catalog&mode=search&search_in=all&search_str=door%20shell

It cost around $1000 plus shipping, very very pricey
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby 1998kingbong » January 10th 2015, 2:25am

worth a try, see if someone on craigslist will trade with you. Same year and color, you do the work... I would have done it. I hate not having that window.
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby chevymaherchevymaher is online! » January 10th 2015, 2:30am

crowdsurferx wrote:Are you sure about that?
http://www.chevroletonlineparts.com/?p=catalog&mode=search&search_in=all&search_str=door%20shell

It cost around $1000 plus shipping, very very pricey

Okay. For that amount I would buy a running van with the door on it.
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby crowdsurferx [OP] » January 10th 2015, 2:40am

1998kingbong wrote:worth a try, see if someone on craigslist will trade with you. Same year and color, you do the work... I would have done it. I hate not having that window.


Where do you live man? I'm willing to trade right now
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby dawayne cotton » January 18th 2015, 5:08am

hello crowdsurferx,
I live in southern Il, if your interested I have one you could have off of a 1994 cargo used the drivetrain, going to scrap the rest.
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby Meterpig » January 18th 2015, 7:24am

You know...if you are at all handy...Rivets and sheet steel should work just fine...right? Maybe even figure out something so that you can revert to the old way on sale?
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby Sailing_Faith » January 18th 2015, 9:00am

Having driven without a clear view out that starboard quarter, I would NEVER do without that window! There are simply too many times you need to merge at an angle where no mirror will let you see traffic.

In my truck with a camper without windows I used to have to make a series of turns just to avoid a couple such intersections!
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby sadglad » January 18th 2015, 9:13am

There are two types of sliding doors. maximus7001 says here https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=53466#p463081 that the change happened mid year 1997. The main difference is the location of the latch. Also, the earlier version had the bracket welded to the door. The later version is a bolt on. I bought a 1997 junkyard door for my 2002 and realized after that it is not a bolt on swap. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that it's not straightforward. I have not gotten around to it. My idea is to somehow transplant an old style latch post onto my newer van with some kind of baking plate to hold the post solid. Lucky I got mine on half price day at the pick and pull.

Somewhere in this site is information about the remove and replace procedure for the welded bracket version. Standard procedure was to drill out the welds and bolt on the new door with a backing plate from a dealer. Likely that plate is no longer available.

I also seem to remember there is some difference in the upper bracket but I can't remember details.

Reference here viewtopic.php?f=11&t=15040
and here viewtopic.php?f=11&t=53466

My cargo van came from the factory with no window on the slider door. The van went to a upfitter (Adrian Steel) who installed a bulkhead and window. They cut a hole in the door and installed a window. Quite a hack job too. It is smaller than the factory window. Looks kind of lame.
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby Roger Ramjet » January 18th 2015, 5:19pm

Before driving or calling a bunch of wrecking yards , check out car-part.com it will search practically all wrecking yards in North America ..

for example http://www.car-part.com fill out the parts search
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby icebrrg3rd » January 19th 2015, 9:25pm

Sadglad, thanks for those very informative pics! I'm glad when I replaced my slider, I lucked out and got a matching one latch-wise. I'm tucking that info & those pics away for future reference.

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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby Roger Ramjet » January 19th 2015, 10:40pm

icebrrg3rd wrote:Sadglad, thanks for those very informative pics! I'm glad when I replaced my slider, I lucked out and got a matching one latch-wise. I'm tucking that info & those pics away for future reference.

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Yah from me too , I need to replace my slider due to damage . I'm hoping to find a non window cargo door :ty: :ty:
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Re: Where to get a solid sliding door with no window....

Postby crowdsurferx [OP] » February 10th 2015, 2:48am

dawayne cotton wrote:hello crowdsurferx,
I live in southern Il, if your interested I have one you could have off of a 1994 cargo used the drivetrain, going to scrap the rest.
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Thanks man, but I live in Florida, I don't know where to even begin with the shipping lol.

Meterpig wrote:You know...if you are at all handy...Rivets and sheet steel should work just fine...right? Maybe even figure out something so that you can revert to the old way on sale?


This van is for a business. I cannot have my customers see some kind of poorly rigged window cover on my van. It would be flat out embarrassing. Thanks but no thanks.

Sailing_Faith wrote:Having driven without a clear view out that starboard quarter, I would NEVER do without that window! There are simply too many times you need to merge at an angle where no mirror will let you see traffic.

In my truck with a camper without windows I used to have to make a series of turns just to avoid a couple such intersections!


That's true, it is more safe to have the window. Call me a fool, but it's more important to me to have a good looking van. I can always reverse and put the van in another position to see out the side, it's just like owning a motorcycle, you have to respect it.

Roger Ramjet wrote:Before driving or calling a bunch of wrecking yards , check out car-part.com it will search practically all wrecking yards in North America ..

for example http://www.car-part.com fill out the parts search


Thanks for the very helpful link.

sadglad wrote:There are two types of sliding doors. maximus7001 says here https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=53466#p463081 that the change happened mid year 1997. The main difference is the location of the latch. Also, the earlier version had the bracket welded to the door. The later version is a bolt on. I bought a 1997 junkyard door for my 2002 and realized after that it is not a bolt on swap. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that it's not straightforward. I have not gotten around to it. My idea is to somehow transplant an old style latch post onto my newer van with some kind of baking plate to hold the post solid. Lucky I got mine on half price day at the pick and pull.

Somewhere in this site is information about the remove and replace procedure for the welded bracket version. Standard procedure was to drill out the welds and bolt on the new door with a backing plate from a dealer. Likely that plate is no longer available.

I also seem to remember there is some difference in the upper bracket but I can't remember details.

Reference here viewtopic.php?f=11&t=15040
and here viewtopic.php?f=11&t=53466

My cargo van came from the factory with no window on the slider door. The van went to a upfitter (Adrian Steel) who installed a bulkhead and window. They cut a hole in the door and installed a window. Quite a hack job too. It is smaller than the factory window. Looks kind of lame.


I would give you my door, but it's a 97. But thanks for taking the time to show that. I ended up getting a 95 cargo door for my 97. I'm hoping there's no difference...





Thanks for the replies everyone, I ended up buying a full solid door for only $75 bucks! A lot better than paying $450. By the way, does anyone know how to switch the key locks in the door? Or am I just going to have to get used to reaching in from the passenger side to unlock it?
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