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Old 07-30-2005, 03:28 PM
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hinge pin help

Well my slightly saggin doors have finally gotten on the list, so I bought new pins and bushings. The problem is im having one hell of a time getting the pins out. the E clamps are off and the door is supported(not overly) any help would be great, thanks. this is on a 73 nova with welded hinges by the way.

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On most hinge styles I usually use an airchisel with a straight punch bit to jar the pins loose, then grab the pin with medium sized vise grips and tap the visegrips pulling the pin out. A long punch and hammer will also work instead of the airchisel. It's been years since I've done a second generation Nova but I don't recall any real challenges. You usually need to pry out the hinge spring before popping the pins. Tape up your door and fender edges to avoid chipping any paint, cardboard taped in between the panels will also protect the edges. Get both pins popped loose then pull the top then the bottom and remove the door. Make sure your new pins and bushings have a good tight fit or they won't last long. Use some moly grease when assembling.
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I feel your pain. I had to take the doors off an older cavalier to do some work on them and they are the same way. Welded on hinges, so you have to pull the pins to remove the doors. Stupid idea, probably cheaper and easier to manufacture. I finally got the pins out by spraying penetrating oil on them, using a punch to start them out, and then using a long needle nose vice grip just under the head of the pin and hammering out. Not a whole lot of room to work and swing a hammer though. Needless to say I put new pins and bushings in when I put the doors back on.
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Guys thanks for all the tips, i appreciate it. It turns out my trouble was due to me being a complete dumb@ss. I was sitting in the car while trying to pop the pin putting more pressure on the pin lol i knelt besides the car and it moved with the first tap lol im an idiot what can i say thanks anyways guys

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Always remember...The only dumb question is the one thats never asked. Glad you got it figured out!
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