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10-19-2015 06:35 AM
deadbodyman If you cant pull the pillar out then cut the ears off the hinge and weld them back on further out.... 30 minute fix...
10-18-2015 12:47 PM
2poor4mechanic First pic is the top hinge which is not affected. The second is the lower hinge where the pillar is pushed in. I'm needing to pull the pillar out I think. She was on an accident. It's older so the insurance totaled it. I got it back to fix cause not really wanting a new car payment. Thinking the payment might have been easier. Lol.
10-18-2015 12:40 PM
MARTINSR Start a new thread and post some photos. Did the door get pushed forward at the bottom? It sounds like this trick may work but I don't know for sure without some photos and more info.

Funny this thread would pop up, it still amazes me how pros will not get this old trick. Just a few days ago at work a guy brought his car in that he had backed up with the door open hitting the garage and bending it forward. One of the guys in the shop who is a very good tech was working on it and got tools out to push and pull on the hinge. Now mind you, the door wouldn't even shut it was to far forward at the top the back was about a half in inch high.

I walked up and saw what he was doing and told him to stop. I went and grabbed a socket out of my box and stuck it in the hinge and pulled the door back a few times and then tested the fit and it was almost perfect opening and closing like new! LOLOL The look on his face was priceless.

10-18-2015 12:33 PM
2poor4mechanic Hope I'm not too late on this thread. My wife drives a trailblazer ext and was hit on the passenger side. Replaced the right rear door, right front door and right fender. Only thing structural I'm having a problem with is the lower hinge on the front door where it attaches to the pillar is pushed in a little. Making the door not close at the top. Obviously it's too low now. I tried pulling it out with a come a long with no luck. I've cut an access hole on the inside to try and push it out. Have made some progress but not much. Would heating the area make it too weak once it's out? Or would this trick you've posted help my situation any? Or I'll take any solutions anyone may have.
02-08-2015 05:44 PM
MARTINSR You are very welcome, if the door gets sprung again it could lead to more permanent damage so be careful.

02-08-2015 05:40 PM
CadillacKidd i registered here to say thank you. My current job makes me a high risk for this problem. Now I can open my door with one hand again! thanks so much, & happy rodding
07-08-2013 02:07 PM
MARTINSR Cool, usually it's a door being opened before the car comes to a stop so it swings out hitting the end of the travel on the hinges.

07-08-2013 01:28 PM
Shiseiji Oh yes! You were a great help! No confession from son, but I suspect feet on door had a part.
07-08-2013 01:23 PM
MARTINSR Is it working now?

07-08-2013 12:57 PM
Thanks Again Brian!

Couldn't get to the fender bolts, but we were able to use rags and large flat tip screwdrivers to ease leading edge of door over fender. After that it was follow the pictures.
06-27-2013 09:18 AM
Shiseiji Thanks Brian and for the education. I volunter teach bicycle maintenance, and tell folks "Ignorance we can fix." You just have to be willing to ask questions. Hope you get a chance to post more, understand if you don't.

Fortuntally after the door was closed and the damage noted, nothing else was done. So so far the fender isn't damaged. Car has corossion issues, I won't be surprised to find this a contribuiting factor. He just moved in with me and has been sitting in the car when he goes to burn one. I suspect he had his feet on it but not quite sure how he managed to push it out. I'll see what I have that will fit in the gap and cushion the fender from the door if we can get it to unlatch. We may be pulling the trim to get past that issue.

06-27-2013 08:48 AM
Originally Posted by Shiseiji View Post
Hi all, Ron the "Body work isn't my thing." dude. But I'm trying to help out my kid.

As noted, this is one of the few places on the 'net where I found this topis is covered and I'm sure glad it i!. Same issue, and I understand the fix, but how do I get to where I can adjust the hinge when Ican't get the door open without the door leading edge (former aviation dude, sorry) jamming into the 1/4 panel?


You can unbolt the bottom of the fender and pull it out pretty easy. The other thing is to get a thin piece of metal and slip it into the between the fender and door. It's not the "1/4" panel, it's a "Fender", the "1/4" panel is the rear "fender" on a car. On the truck it would be a "bed side". But if you slip a piece of metal between the two you can slide it up into place keeping the door from going on the outside of the fender as you open the door.

That all being said, depending on how bad the door is bent, this may not be an option, that is often a bad sign and that door is bent too much to do anything without serious repairs. The fender is likely also bent in from the door being sprung against it.

I have seen this fender to door problem does't mean serious damage to the hinge area, don't get me wrong. But often depending on how bad they are hitting one an other is a dead give away to how bad the hinges are damaged at the cowl.

I'll try to post a photo today showing what I mean with the piece of metal between them.

06-27-2013 07:26 AM
Originally Posted by DerickMoore View Post
The wind caught the door on my 2005 Ford E-350 van, and the configuration is such that after shutting it and discovering it was jammed, I couldn't open it enough to see what got bent.
Hi all, Ron the "Body work isn't my thing." dude. But I'm trying to help out my kid.

As noted, this is one of the few places on the 'net where I found this topis is covered and I'm sure glad it i!. Same issue, and I understand the fix, but how do I get to where I can adjust the hinge when Ican't get the door open without the door leading edge (former aviation dude, sorry) jamming into the 1/4 panel?


06-07-2013 11:23 PM
MARTINSR Yep that's right.

06-07-2013 08:29 PM
John long
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
John, on your 55 (this is a passenger car, the truck is the same I believe) there are bolts at the back of the hinge (see photo). THOSE are the most important bolts for adjustment in and out at the front of the door. Moving the pivot point of the hinge is what moves the door, on these hinges the pivot point is way up near the front of the hinge where these bolts are!

So moving the front of the hinge in is going get you where you need to be I am thinking.

Actually I am referring to the 54. It is almost identicle to the 55 and I knew every one would have a mental image of the 55. I have plenty of adjustment fore and aft but it is too tight at the front with it adjusted all the way out. I believe that if I blocked the hinge and forced the door in to spring it that would keep the hinge from traveling so far and effectively cause it to be further out when the door was closed. Basically the same thing as blocking a trunk hinge and forcing the deck lid down to raise it.

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