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Username Post: tailgate hinges        (Topic#229644)
55ej 
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11-13-09 04:17 PM - Post#1805293    

I want to take my tailgate off. Lower hinge bolts are rusted and will not come out. I'm going to drill them out one at a time and retap them. any suggestions. thanks 55ej



 

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Henrys57wagon 
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11-13-09 05:01 PM - Post#1805310    
    In response to 55ej

Welcome 55ej. I welded a bolt onto the head of each bolt that did not want to come out, saves drilling into the bracket. Another way is to just drill the head enough to remove the hinge and then shoot penetrate on the exposed stud and let sit, then use vicegrips on the studs. Turn the bolt both ways as you remove them to loosen grime on the underside of the bolt threads, good day, Henry.

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wagonman100 
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11-15-09 08:43 AM - Post#1806116    
    In response to Henrys57wagon

Spray some penetrating oil on them and let them soak for a couple of days (repeat spraying occassionally). Then if they won't come out, you can first try some heat to help get them going. Sea Foam is made to work better on parts that have been heated. If those methods don't work, weld the bolt on as Henry suggests. The heat from the weld helps and the bolt is better than the screw because you can get a socket on it. If all else fails drill only enough to get the hinge off as Henry said as well. You really don't want to be trying to drill through the whole screw and retapping the threads unless absolutely necessary.

Jay
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MPandC 
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11-16-09 07:34 AM - Post#1806710    
    In response to wagonman100

You may find it easier to weld a nut onto the head of the phillips than welding around a bolt. Welding inside the hole will help to contain the splatter/damage from the rest of the gate. Won't prevent it, but will help.

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cdmhenry 
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11-16-09 08:45 AM - Post#1806744    
    In response to MPandC

If the screw is original and has never been removed, don't waste your time with penetrant. Weld a bolt on the screw head and wrench it out.

All this advise for a 1 post wonder?

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55ej 
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11-16-09 01:54 PM - Post#1806919    
    In response to cdmhenry

I think I take offense to your comment about a one post wonder.



 
55ej 
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11-16-09 03:11 PM - Post#1806966    
    In response to 55ej

Thanks for all the advice. I wanted to take tailgate off to repair lower part. Not sure what I want to do now. Has anyone ever just taken the pins out of the hinges?
This is a great site, found it while doing search for "putting on quarter panels".

again Thanks ej



 
wagonman100 
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11-16-09 06:19 PM - Post#1807115    
    In response to cdmhenry

  • Quote:
All this advise for a 1 post wonder?



That's what this site is all about.

Good idea on using the nut Robert. I used a bolt on some tri-five rear door hinges, but that was mostly because that made where I was getting the socket on the head of the bolt far removed from the door and made it easier.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
wagonman100 
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11-17-09 04:17 AM - Post#1807291    
    In response to wagonman100

Forgot to mention that the pins can be a real pain to try to get out. You're better off with trying to get the screws out.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Henrys57wagon 
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11-17-09 10:05 AM - Post#1807467    
    In response to wagonman100

When I had the hinges off my gate I tried to remove the pins but they were frozen in, and since they were in good shape I just left them in, good day, Henry.

57 B/A wagon, 408"BB with 14' Bonair travel trailer,71 Nova 355"SB, 07 2500HD with 26 Prowler 5th wheel, 09 Impala LT, John Deere lawn tractor,
http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/listing/use r...


 
Hobby Guy 
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11-18-09 05:23 PM - Post#1808259    
    In response to Henrys57wagon

I also could not remove the pins after the hinges were off.
I finally took them to a machine shop, where the guy put them into a press and pressed them out. It was so quick and easy that he didn't even charge anything ! And if your pins look anything like mine did, you will be glad you replaced them.



 
Zygmo 
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04-02-10 05:47 AM - Post#1891360    
    In response to Hobby Guy

Ej, I used one of those hammer screw removers. Harbour Freight carries them, for around $10.00 I think. Comes with several sizes of screw bits, including one just the right size. Soak the screws in WD40, then try the hammer. Works well on door hinge screws, too.

Dean

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Hobby Guy 
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04-02-10 06:25 AM - Post#1891381    
    In response to Zygmo

1 method that works very well for removing many screws or bolts that just don't want to budge is to heat-up the heads with a torch, to a dull red, then spray some WD-40 or liquid wrench on it. Sometimes it needs more than 1 application. You will get a bit of smoke on it when the lubricant hits the hot surface. The metal expands, then shrinks while lubricant goes into the threaded surfaces. I used that method successfully a lot of times after having given up on the hand held impact.



 
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04-11-18 12:53 PM - Post#2730701    
    In response to wagonman100

Anyone make the kind that "Kin dig it" made for their resto-mod? (Hidden)



 

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