1996 S-10 Blazer door hinges
I took a look at my aunt's S-10 Blazer door hinges again yesterday, too. She can be a strange bird... At any rate, she let the hinge pins/bushings get so bad that the bushing hole in the body side of the hinge got wallowed out. I replaced the pins & bushings in it last year, and told her that the repair would not last, and that the door needs to come off so that the hole can be welded up and reamed out to refit the bushings. It's her only car, so she didn't want me to do it. As I predicted, the repair didn't last. The bushings broke, the retainer clip on the pin broke, and the pin fell out. She had a shop jack-leg it twice, which only lasted a short while before it broke again. She took it back a third time, and they said that it would take several hours to fix it "right". Well, they "fixed" it again, and then the owner of the shop told her not to bring it back. Understandable. It looks like they may have welded the bushing holes up, but I really couldn't see it very well. They have the upper hinge pin in upside down, and the upper bushing is broken already. The door side of the hinge is currently rotating on the pin instead of the pin rotating in the bushing. It's only a matter of time before that hole is wallowed out, too. I'm going to have to "steal" the Blazer from her and bring it home so I can fix it correctly. Other than the Dorman 'oversize' bushings, is there some other pin/bushing set with larger diameters that I can possibly retrofit into this thing? You-tube university has let me down this time. Lots of videos on simply replacing the bushings, and one guy who drilled out all of the holes to 1/2" diameter, and used a 1/2" stainless bolt with no bushings at all. Yikes...