So I fixed my door hinges today... - TCCoA Forums
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By sc0tty8
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 882
So I fixed my door hinges today...

Well, the newest mn12 I purchased, I bought it, and the description b4 buyiung it said that the door woul not close, and needed new hinges, a 750$ job, I guess...

So, I went and looked at the car, the inside of the door panel, where the handle is, was all torn off, the outside of the door had stress marks from being slammed, there was a dent under the door handle from a knee pushing on the door.

Well, I went and looked at the car, and took it for a test drive, to see how it was, and, they said well, you can't go far cuz the door don't close...

Well, I went down the road, and, I rolled the window down, and, lifted the door, and closed it, latched perfectly. So, I went back, with a smile on my face and said I will take it

I got the car home, with the door closed, and, todfay, fixed the door, costed me 15$ in parts, new door hinges and bushings, that is it. Took 1 hr wiht my brother to fix them.

Man, that was cake, I was searching, and people made it a drawn out process of removing the door, and the hinges and bla bla bla, 4-5 hours from what I read.

All it took was a pallet jack, a die grinder, a punch, a hammer, a 1/2" socket, and a large screw driver.

Needless to say, my door closes.

I figured it was time to help the search feature work and to let people know you do not have to buy new hinges and take the door off, wow, that would suck...

And, since threads suck w/o pics...here she is....




Rangerguy302 likes this.
sc0tty8 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 08:57 AM
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,024
Very nice looking car!

Door sag is a huge problem on our cars, though easier to fix than most people think. Sure worked out well for you, congrats!
mastarecoil is offline  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-24-2004, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 882
Thanks for the compliments!

Yeah, I had helped my friend do pins and bushings on his 83 stang, it was a 4+hr ordeal with him loosing his temper and his dad yelling at him, and the trips to and from the parts store, but, wow, this was cake, I am about to go "re-aim" the door, and then I have a diff striker I would like to put in it

Did I post the part number for the pin I used? Here at the partstore, they have a section for door pins in it, and it is for ford, the part number is 38140, The brand is "M" and says help on the package.. and that comes with a clip, 1 pin and 2 bushings, it was like 7$ for 1 set.

Here are the dimmensions if anyone needs them:
pin is .342x3.57"
E-Clip is .342"
bushings is .347"x.480"x.295"
sc0tty8 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-26-2004, 10:49 PM
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: St. Davids, PA
Posts: 13
Hey man, thanks for the info. It looks like you got a sweet deal there. After everything I heard about fixing the hinges being the hardest thing you could possibly do, I was not that into trying to fix mine, but a body shop wanted $350 just for the drivers side. So get this- I go home and make a couple shims out of .030 brass that I got from these really ugly light switch plates, jacked up the door, and slipped two of them under the lower hinge. Bingo! No more sag! It took longer to make the shims than to put them in. The door sag was really starting to bum me out, too. It made the car seem like a piece of junk, so fixing it for free was really nice. I'd still like to do it right because it still makes a gronky noise when I close it, but at least the shims will tide me over till I get brave enough to try the pins.

George
George is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-27-2004, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 882
Quote:
Originally posted by George
Hey man, thanks for the info. It looks like you got a sweet deal there. After everything I heard about fixing the hinges being the hardest thing you could possibly do, I was not that into trying to fix mine, but a body shop wanted $350 just for the drivers side. So get this- I go home and make a couple shims out of .030 brass that I got from these really ugly light switch plates, jacked up the door, and slipped two of them under the lower hinge. Bingo! No more sag! It took longer to make the shims than to put them in. The door sag was really starting to bum me out, too. It made the car seem like a piece of junk, so fixing it for free was really nice. I'd still like to do it right because it still makes a gronky noise when I close it, but at least the shims will tide me over till I get brave enough to try the pins.

George
When you do the pins, make sure you have an extra body to help ya maintain the door, it was very easy to do, one of the simplest things. I think the hardest thing on these cars was the crank sensor on my sc.....ug...
sc0tty8 is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-28-2004, 11:04 AM
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 111
I need to fix my door hinge as does my friend. Can you explain just how you did this?
Did you unbolt the hinge from the door first, then sort of pivot the door out of the way to get to the hinge to body bolts?
I tried getting a socket on the hinge to body bolts by opening the door and sticking a U joint on an extension between the door and fender, no dice, no room.
How did you do it?
A full explanation for a first timer would help a lot of us .
Thanks.
Danford1
danford1 is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-28-2004, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 882
Take a die grinder, or, a dremel, grind the top of the door pin off, it is the one what is mushroomed.

Then, put something under the door to support it, and start to drive out the pins, like a punch, or, something like that.

Have your buddy rock the door up and down while you drive them out, it seems to help them come out better.

Once you got the uper and lower out, put a rag between the door and the fender, then, open up the door more, careful, there are wires in there that go to the car from the door.

Then, take a shallow 1/2" socket and take the part of the hinge off of the door. Then, then you got that part out, drive out the bushinggs, and carefully tap th new ones in place.

Then put the hinges back on, and carefully put the door back on, and sloylw drive the pins thru, you will need a buddy or 2 to help with getting it back on the hinges.

Drive the pins in ALL the way, make sure your using the new pins and not the old ones. You may beed to re-aim your door at this point, and snug the hinges down.

When it came to re-aiming the door, it was pretty close, but, I think the shop the prev ownser brought my car, bent the door a litle bit, or, it was bent from slamming, so I had to put a floor jack under the door, and tweak it up a hair. I took a not-so worn striker from my sc and put it in this car, this made it latch a whole hell of a lot better.

If your in the central MN area, you pay for the parts and bring a dremel, I can assist you in it, I used a die grinder at work to zip off the top of the mushroomed heads, I don't have an air comressor here, or, I would have done it all here...
sc0tty8 is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-28-2004, 02:37 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 52
Screw you and your nice paint Scotty!

I am starting to get a bit of door sag with my 93, probably from all the *******s slamming it like it weighs a ton. I barely even push on the driver's side and *click* closes every time. My passager's side is beginning to not sit flush with the car however, and makes funny noises when you close it. I think I am going to start to forbid people from riding on that side if they can't lern how to close a stupid car door.
Liquid_Table is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-28-2004, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 882
Sounds like you need to replace the hinge pins and replace the striker and it should work just fine, those people who slam your doors so hard, return the favor, I did it to my woman once, and thought I was going to break her glass, now, she knows better, there is nothing more then I hate when some retard reefs the door so hard your whole car shakes...
sc0tty8 is offline  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-02-2004, 11:12 PM
Seasoned PostWhore
 
Traveler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Chandler AZ
Age: 56
Posts: 9,165
Garage
Send a message via Yahoo to Traveler
Just got mine done today. The body man who worked on my car last noticed the door sag and mentioned it. I said yea, but the guy at Ford said it was about a 500 dollar repair. He smiled and asked if I would like to have it done for 50. I said of course! He told me what he would do, described what you just did. So when I had an extra 50 I took the car in. while he had it I asked him to replace the outer handle on it to, (cheap plastic s**t). No problem had it done in no time. He was very careful lining the door up so that it fits perfectly. No wind noise, nothing. Just a solid "thunk" when the door is closed! All for 70.00.


1997 Thunderbird Sport
Low Miles
Wifes Car
destined to remain stock

1997 T-Bird GT 4.6
80 MM Mustang GT MAF - P&P'd Mustang GT TB and Intake Plenum - PI Intake manifold - PI Heads
Mark VIII Torque Converter - J-Modded 4R70W transmission - Mark VIII Aluminum Driveshaft - 3.73 gears
PBR Brake Calipers - Eibach Springs - KYB Shocks
'89 SuperCoupe front and rear sway bars
SCT Chip programmed by Lonnie Doll
255/50/16 Falken Ziex ZE-512's
True Dual exhaust with Magnaflow DI/DO muffler
<<< SOLD >>>
Traveler is offline  
post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-03-2004, 01:41 PM
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 13
I used a drill and a chisel to take my old pins out and i never unbolted the hinge from the door, I just put it on jack stands pulled it back a little and put the brass buchings in lined the holes back up dropped in the new pins and i was done.
tbird-sport is offline  
post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-03-2004, 02:08 PM
4th Gear Poster
 
95greenbird's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Fayetteville, PA
Age: 48
Posts: 331
The only problem with this (if you let it go too long like me on my Exploder ) is the holes that the pin goes through will become an egg shape instead of round. After a while with the new bushings will start to take on the egg shape too and you will end up replacing them every few months. I finally ended up just replacing the whole hinge. I also have to replace the upper hinge on my Exploder soon. That is going to be a B***H.

Kevin
Mid-Atlantic Drag Racing Team. 15.589 @ 88.64 mph
MAMN12.COM

Get all your Ford parts from Dan Newman



Green 95 4.6L Thunderbird LX
*J-Modded 00 Mustang GT Transmission and torque converter*
*Mark VIII Flexplate*
*K&N*
*Eibach Springs*
*Hayden Transmission cooler*
*3.27 Trac-loc*
*Removed air silencer*
*Swapped Climate Control and Radio Locations*
*MARCH underdrive pulleys--soon to come*

95greenbird is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TCCoA Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome