Taking the door out of a new frame

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Old 04-30-17, 05:10 PM
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Taking the door out of a new frame

Hi all! I am not sue if this is possible, but before we make yet another trip to the home store, i wanted to check with you all. We have been working on bringing our house up to date, and the exterior, front door is the next project. However, i have a situation.
Our existing door is 1974 wood slab door, with a side glass. because of that, buying just a new prehung door, with an existing frame is a no go, because side glass is a part of the door and can not be taken out.
Considering how i want one of those fiberglass doors with an oval shaped glass in the middle, cutting them for the old hinges isn't an option either.
So i was thinking this: If and if only ALL measurements matched, new and old doors alike (hinge placements, deadlock placement, width, height, etc...) would it be possible to buy a prehung doors, take them out of a new frame and fit them onto old hinges and existing jamb? I know there are many variables to consider, and lots of measurements to take, but can this be theoretically done?
Buying new custom door with a side glass isn't an option right now, the cost is almost a grand, compared to just a door, which is 350.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 04-30-17, 05:15 PM
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Most any lumber yard would be able to get you the door you need. Its just a matter of taking the right measurements, getting the hinge placement right. But no, an off the shelf prehung wont just automatically fit.
 
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It's a real long shot. In addition to all you mentioned, you have to worry about whether the existing frame is perfectly square and would have to verify the weather stripping will hit the door right to seal well. IIWM, I'd save up until I could replace the door and light. Or replace with another wood door that you could machine to match the existing opening and hardware.
 
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If you go with a wood door be sure to seal all the edges before you hang it, including the top and bottom.
 
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