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tbrown8338 09-27-2011 08:30 PM

replacing the door spring on a 1949 chevy pickup
 
can you replace the springs without taking the hinge apart. i really don't know how they go because my old one were gone.

DanTwoLakes 09-28-2011 08:15 AM

Let's put this in General Rodding Tech.

Dan

malc 09-28-2011 09:02 AM

I tried two methods to get that spring in on my 86 Camaro.
First, compress spring in vise, wire it compressed, transfer to hinge and cut wire...................fail. :pain:
Two, buy a special tool to clamp it compressed, transfer to hinge and release.............. fail. :pain:
The spring is waaay stronger than the tool.

Now Im just very careful opening the doors, dont let em swing.

MARTINSR 09-28-2011 09:10 AM

Malc, the springs are totally different on the truck. I believe you can get them in with the hinge on just fine.

Brian

MARTINSR 09-28-2011 09:18 AM

Here is a photo of where they go.

Brian

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/gallery/data/1093/Iassy.jpg

MARTINSR 09-28-2011 09:20 AM

Here's an article on rebuilding the hinges. I am pretty certain you can open the door far enough to get the spring in there.

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/basi...es-125350.html

Brian

malc 09-28-2011 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MARTINSR
Malc, the springs are totally different on the truck. I believe you can get them in with the hinge on just fine.
Brian

They should design everything easily rebuildable.

user151 09-28-2011 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by malc
They should design everything easily rebuildable.

And defeat future sales?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

MARTINSR 09-29-2011 12:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by user151
And defeat future sales?


LOL, yeah, I'm sure Chevy sold a lot of those hinges thirty years after the truck was made when they started wearing out. :rolleyes:

Brian

user151 09-29-2011 12:41 PM

No, not sales of hinges or springs... when your doors don't close right and the car is falling apart, and you can't rebuild or replace the bad pieces, they want you to buy a NEW CAR.

MARTINSR 09-29-2011 03:47 PM

I'm sorry but again, this is no throw away car, it was thirty or forty years before the doors sagged, I have to assume they wern't built to sell a new truck every thirty or forty years. If that was the plan they missed a lot of sales!

I understand there is a truth of some sort in that thought, but in this case it hasn't anything to do with those hinges wearing out, at least in my opinion.

Brian


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