Are Ford and Mazda doors the same size? (interchangeable?)


1999Mazda Central Florida

New member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Jan 26, 2017
Messages
28
Reaction score
8
Points
3
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Transmission
Manual
Tire Size
Michelin LTX M/S P235-75R15
I had a gas station cement pole jump out and hit my passenger side door on my Mazda B2500...Ok, well actually I took the turn too sharp
and ran into the cement pole but... ouch:cautious:
I can get a new stripped, but primed door Ford Ranger door for like around $250 but will it fit the Mazda?
 

Attachments



Rock Auto 5% Discount Code: 32B05A80BF19AF Expires: July 1st, 2020

sgtsandman

Aircraft Tank Diver
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Active
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Mar 11, 2017
Messages
3,340
Reaction score
1,816
Points
113
Location
Aliquippa, PA
Vehicle Year
2011 & 2019
Make / Model
Ford XLT & FX4
Engine Size
4.0 SOHC & 2.3 Ecoboost
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Tire Size
31X10.5R15 & 265/65R17
My credo
I sniff fuel for a living. Don't judge me!
Will it fit? Yes. Will the body lines match? I’m not sure. I know some of the sheetmetal on the Mazdas were stamped differently but I don’t know if it is just limited to the bed or other things as well.

Do a search on both trucks and look at the images to answer that question before you buy.
 

Dirtman

Who pissed in my Cheerios?
EMT / Paramedic
Joined
May 28, 2018
Messages
9,233
Reaction score
5,463
Points
113
Location
Over there --->
Vehicle Year
2009
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Engine Size
466.63 teaspoons.
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Tire Size
So friggin big!
My credo
RUM HAM!!!
They are mechanically identical trucks but as sarge pointed out the body lines and trim are slightly different. The fords lack the slight groove or whatever you call it on the upper fender, door, and bed so while the door will fit, it wont look quite right.

Edit: brains still fuzzy i guess, the fords do have that groove. The fenders and bed have different "accents" but the doors do look identical on the reg cab trucks.
 

Ranger850

Well-known member
Supporting Member
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
4,225
Reaction score
1,148
Points
113
Location
Tallahassee Florida
Vehicle Year
2001
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
Born with a 3.0, looking for a donor V8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Lift
Stock 2"
Tire Size
Stock
My credo
Doing things wrong, until I get it right.
My buddy has a 98 Ranger with a 99 Mazda PS door, cant tell any difference
 

Shran

Junk Collector
Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
Article Contributor
V8 Engine Swap
Solid Axle Swap
Joined
Mar 4, 2008
Messages
4,977
Reaction score
576
Points
113
Location
Rapid City SD
I think you'll be good with the Ranger door. Everything else is different.

There's a Ranger in town that has a color matched B series box on it... complete with the Mazda style tail lights and everything. I'm probably the only one who notices it.
 

1999Mazda Central Florida

New member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Jan 26, 2017
Messages
28
Reaction score
8
Points
3
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Transmission
Manual
Tire Size
Michelin LTX M/S P235-75R15
Thanks, I'll have to reply back after the replacement & repaint. Looking at the catalog, it's hard to tell with just an image. I'll look back for more replies to verify.
 

don4331

Active member
V8 Engine Swap
Joined
Sep 6, 2013
Messages
902
Reaction score
123
Points
43
Location
Calgary, AB
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
5.3
Transmission
Automatic
I think you'll be good with the Ranger door. Everything else is different.

There's a Ranger in town that has a color matched B series box on it... complete with the Mazda style tail lights and everything. I'm probably the only one who notices it.
Is it a Ranger with B series box? Or a Factory STX?? '05-07 Ranger STX has the B series box standard. (I figure it was Ford's way of getting value out of tooling).

Doors are identical.
 

LIMA BEAN

Well-known member
Supporting Member
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 26, 2007
Messages
3,687
Reaction score
118
Points
63
Location
ALASKA
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Not that this helps but I have 87 B-II doors with "WING WINDOWS" on my 88 Ranger.
 

1999Mazda Central Florida

New member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Jan 26, 2017
Messages
28
Reaction score
8
Points
3
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Transmission
Manual
Tire Size
Michelin LTX M/S P235-75R15
I'll give it a shot, then report back to let you all know.
Thanks!
 

LIMA BEAN

Well-known member
Supporting Member
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Aug 26, 2007
Messages
3,687
Reaction score
118
Points
63
Location
ALASKA
Vehicle Year
1988
Make / Model
Ford
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
I'll give it a shot, then report back to let you all know.
Thanks!
The hinges and latch will have to be adjusted of course and in my case I had to reef (manually bend with glass down) the upper part and they dialed right in. I put a 4x4 between the door and cab and pushed from the outside being careful not to over due it. Cheers VET
 

1999Mazda Central Florida

New member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Jan 26, 2017
Messages
28
Reaction score
8
Points
3
Vehicle Year
1999
Make / Model
Mazda
Engine Type
2.3 (4 Cylinder)
Transmission
Manual
Tire Size
Michelin LTX M/S P235-75R15
UPDATE: Oct. 9, 2019: While searching for interchangeability for different year models I was informed that doors off Rangers from '94-2002 will fit each other and also fit Mazda '95-2002.
There's a number of "You pull part...you pay" salvage yards in the central Florida area. I'll be making some trips soon to hopefully get a door that matches and maybe get lucky and get the
same color. If not, looks like I will by adapting my inner door parts, lock and glass onto the new (used) door and doing a paint job.

UPDATE: Oct. 20, 2019: I forgot what an interesting place the junk yard is. Crazy shade-tree mechanics and money-savers (like me) asking if I have a certain wrench (they forgot:rolleyes:) Then me asking everyone for a certain allen wrench (which I forgot:oops:<--Doh!) I found a door...but later discovered that the 1995 (Ford Ranger) door has a different designed inner panel than the 1999 Mazda (but the door shell itself would fit and is interchangeable from '94-2002, just not the inner panel.) It was suggested I swap out the inner glass and door components & trim to this donor door which was fine, but this 1995 used donor door had some dents (which factored into the estimates for fixing and re-painting and it was too high $$.) I ultimately went back to my favorite junk-yard and swapped the dented 1995 door for a 1996 door (with no dents) that had the same inner panel (and same color) as my 1999 Mazda. FYI, even though the door itself is interchangeable, the inner panel may not be (and good idea to match the door to your door whether it be an electric window door or manual window crank door.) All I need to do is strip down the donor door of all glass and trim and give the body-painter outfit the stripped door shell. They are to re-paint the used donor door and transfer all my original door components to the newly painted door and re-install the door for $600. I decided not to "blend" the door with the cab and fender and just get the door itself repainted. I hope it doesn't look too bad and not too mismatched. I'll update after the final job is done.

Update: Nov. 24, 2019: The donor door was stripped bare of all glass and innards and paneling etc. The stripped shell of a door was then brought over the a reputable body shop and repainted and not "blended" with the cab. The body shop that did it scanned the paint and matched it (as far as I can tell) exactly without blending. The donor shell/door did need a small ding and scuff repaired, but it was flawlessly painted.
The problem is the door has a huge gap at the window frame/upper door area. The lower section fits good though. I was informed by body shop that the frame-(where the hinges are?) need to be pulled out slightly and tweaked on the frame adjuster lift. Interesting to see that Lima Bean had same issue with upper door frame. Total cost to fix slight dents & repaint & time to transfer components from Mazda to Ford door: $660 and possibly more to $$ pay with the adjustment to get the gap out and time to get the door to fit. I still wonder if the Mazda door is slightly different than the Ford door. The mirror frame/housing overlapped a bit more as well...and considering another person had same issue with upper door/window frame part; makes me think the door is slightly different? See pic below of new door repainted and gap.

Update: Nov. 27, 2019: Since there was additional work to be done to fit the door it did cost $150 extra (hr.'s worth of work) to pull the door hinge frame out to fit the door. All good now, happy with fix.
Could not upload final pic of fix, I guess too many pictures already. Anyhow, it looks good.
 

Attachments

Last edited:


Top