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Old 05-30-2013, 10:57 AM
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Street Beast 34 Ford door hinge

Recently, I have had a problem shutting the drivers door. I was told by a body shop that it appeared to be a bent bottom hinge. Please advise where I might could find one.

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I have to tell you, not seeing your car, just the sound of this is all wrong. You have a fiberglass body, with a metal hinge and the hinge is bent? Not without breaking the glass! The metal hinge is stronger than the body so how could the hinge get bent without damage to the body? Post some photos and let's discuss this.

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Thanks Brian. I kind of felt that they were blowing smoke and didn't want to mess with it. Actually, lately I noticed that the door wouldn't "snug" up as usually. It seems to be binding. I can still close, insert the suicide pin .
I think I will get my mechanic to look at it...not being a gear head, I have to see what he says. Will let you know. Jim
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The problem is, the bodyman is the guy who would be the go to guy for that and the mechanic will commonly not have a clue.

Maybe find another bodyman.

If you posted some photos of where the hinge mounts and what not. It is likely it could be adjusted out the door is probably sagging little. This doesn't sound so good with a glass door but it could be just a little and you could adjust it back to work. Without seeing anything it's hard to say.

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It takes a while to get them doors right,, They was made wrong,,, But you can do it..
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Thanks, good advice. It's not much. Jim
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The common problem is the rear of the door sagging, the latch starts hitting too low on the striker. Just plain old wear, just like any car. Bring the upper door forward or the bottom of the door back, that raises the back of the door.

If you post some photos with the door just about closed showing the gap to the body at the front we should be able to walk you thru it.

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Behind the fiberglass "B" piller is a steel post,the hinge bolts to that. In the door is a steel plate which the other end of the hinge bolts too. The glass in the door is quite beefy.

On mine I had to shim the hell out of it. then I mic'ed the shims and machined one the right size. One side took more shims than the other.

I would think you could oblong the holes in the plate that holds the post to move it forward and back, but I think that would be the hard way.

Like randy said they take a little playing with but you can get them so they look good.

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