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Old 10-22-2013, 05:22 AM
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Door Hinge Pins

The 4 doors on my '37 Willys sedan sag. The new pins I bought help, but only somewhat.

Just wondering if it is a common practice to take these worn door hinges to a machine shop to have bushings (bronze, I would guess) pressed in; then have the pins installed for a zero sag rate.

I have not yet removed my hinges cuz they're ALL going to have to be drilled out (not even the "heat wrench" worked on my first attempt).

Any other suggestions out there for pin/hinge upgrades...other than new ones from Willys Replacement Parts (I'm on a retired Army First Sergeant budget).

Also, I'm one broken hinge short of a full set. Anybody got a used 37-41 Willys hinge??

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A door "sagging" could have very little to do with "worn" hinge pins. Is the hinge sloppy? That is the question, can you lift up on the back of the door when it's open and get movement at that hinge pin? You could have a door sagging terribly and lift up on the back of the door and get nothing, it could be sagging because the hinge and the mounting of the hinge has bent slightly from fatigue over the years. Or it could sag because the hinge pin is worn out or a combination of the two.

But simply replacing hinge pins may not help you at all really, are the PINS loose?

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Its a 37 ????.No wonder the impala latches wouldnt work ,I thought it was a 40's car....Snap a pic and show us what you have and where the problems are...hinges are usually pretty ez to rebuild...I have had some stubburnd ones though..
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:16 AM
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Here is a "Basics of Basics" on the subject.

"Basics of Basics" Rebuilding hinges.

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Thanks for replies. The door pins are out and replaced with new SS pins, which are not loose. When I pick up on the trailing edge of the door, it moves. I believe my issue is with the hinge itself. I have no experience at "rebuilding hinges" and I was trying to axe if it is considered "normal" to drill and press in bushings. As stated, the hinge is still attached to the post and door. I'm working on drilling them out. I can send pic of door latch area tonight (no access on my job).
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Okay, here is pic of the passenger door hinge area. Skinny, ain't it. Also, note how friggin' close the door handle is to the edge of the door. Looks like I'm gonna have a great time trying to use the original handle on an electric locking bear claw (and still get the window to function).
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When I built my '31 Ford, the repro hinges were so poorly made and sloppy that I looked in the McMaster-Carr website. I found some Oil Lite bushings along with some hardened steel rod. The bushings, though a press fit were installed with a dab of J-B Weld. I then reamed the bushings to fit. The hinge pins - I ended up putting a 6-32 set screw in the hinge body just in case. The slop is gone. As far as experience - the only other ones I had ever done were on a couple of family Granada's and used a junk valve stem as the pin - an exact fit!!
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