Thank you 'dances' but, as BobD said, it is not the correct door. (Thank you for the video BobD). The AL-1 (wisely in my opinion) takes two AAA batteries which are a lot cheaper than the 6V. (By the way, as a help for those who have the AE-1, AE-1 Program, or A-1: you can also use four button batteries (A76) taped together instead of a single 6V cell.)
Probably Rick A said it best as it really is an amazingly 'piss poor design'. How the brilliant Japanese ever got that one through the R&D flabbergasts me.
But I did want easier approaches to dealing with this, like an ingenious bracket of some type. Maybe others will offer suggestions or maybe I will just think more about this. - David Lyga