Almost always the previous owner had change the inner cover of the door
(the part that is fitted to the inner part of door with clips around the edge of the door
, and it is from cardboard or wood covered with plastic ). If the worker who make
the new part was good one and he had copy the new one form old original part then is
ok otherwise you have to be careful about. If the clips that are implanted
into the inner part of the door are not in the correct distance between each other , it is
very difficult to put them into the holes of the door. If the form of that part has not the
correct dimensions some part of it, it touches the seals of
the car body when the door is closed so when you open the door you hear strange noises.
If the big inner handle of the door is not fitted properly on the door with its two screws , is very easy
to brake , in one of the two screws , when you pull the door
to close it .This item is rare to find it because all old doors have the same
problem. The handle is from a soft material but the screws need a strong part
of it to keep it screwed to the door so the part of it that has the holes for the screws
is a metallic part implanted to the handle .But after the years the soft
material destroyed and the metallic part separated from the handle making
the handle useful and not repairable.
The handle that used to open and close the door window has a strange clip
to be secured and it is too difficult to fit it alone because someone have to push the
ring of the handle to the door against of a big spring and someone else have to put the
secure clip in its place.
After the years the mechanism that closes and opens the
window is wear out and you need to be careful when you open and close the
window specially if you replace the window seals with new ones , to avoid
The door of Fulvia coupe has no upper metallic part for fitting the glas of the window in it so the
window when is totally up slides only into the seal of the triangle little window column , and
it is very important not to remove this column when you overhauling the door
because it is very difficult to find the same place of that column again when you want to
put it back. If you do that, the result of that is that you
will can Ďt control the place of the window and in the most cases -like mine- there will be† a crack between the full closed window and the big seal of the body, so probably you will have a water leakage there.
The door is fitted to the car in two places and between of them there is
another bond that controls the door in combination with a short but strong little spring
that exists in one the connections. In my car that spring was broken and I replace it with
a new one .
Be careful of the normal operation of the switch that turns on and off the
little light in the back side of the door .In my car and in another car here that light
was turned on all the time and the result of that was a melted light cover and after a few
weeks a flat battery .
If the lock of the door is not working you car replace it even with a lock
from the right door ( I already did it) and if you donít have the key for that lock ( I
didnít) there are special key-makers that can make a key for it if you bring the lock to
them. The problem is that you will have different keys for the two doors ( I have four
different keys for my car ,two for the two doors , one for the boot ,and one for the fuel
The outer handle of the door has two little gaskets
between it and the car body. These gaskets are not soft but iIn many cars that gaskets are
missing because of the time or are destroyed , and the handle wasnít screwed good to the
body .The result of that is rust because the handle grinds the body every time the door
was pulled. To replace the gaskets you have to open the whole door because that handle is
screwed from the inner of the door just like the outer mirror of it.