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Username Post: removing hatch        (Topic#252897)
59imp 
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11-18-10 12:05 AM - Post#2005873    

i have to remove the rear hatch of my Astre to weld one of the hinges back on. anyone got any tricks? i heard it's a real pain and it's hard to remove the spring mechanisms from the hatch...

any tips???



 




bowtieollie 
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11-19-10 06:18 PM - Post#2006665    
    In response to 59imp

Hi 59,

Yes there is a trick.

Get some 1/2" rod and you want to drill one end.
The purpose of drilling the end is to create a smooth crater.

This crater will center on the hatch pin which is pointed.

Get a coat hanger straighten it out, then place some strategic bends in the coat hanger.

It will look like an "S" when you are done.

Heat the 1/2" rod and bend it to mirror the coat hanger.

Now, a nice 2lb hammer and your newly fabricated "special tool" will knock the pins out in no time.....

Good luck and watch that hatch - they are heavy!

Bowtieollie
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59imp 
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11-23-10 05:02 PM - Post#2008659    
    In response to bowtieollie

that's a good tip thanks, what about the hatch springs, i heard they're under a lot of tension? is that true???



 
bowtieollie 
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11-25-10 06:25 AM - Post#2009253    
    In response to 59imp

Hatch Springs??

There are gas struts that hold up the hatch.

Yes, there is pressure 'in them" but removal is done with the hatch open.

TIP:

Block the hatch open with a wooden stick

Remove the struts BOTTOM first. Less chance of damate to the paint/window this way.

Then remove the strut from the hatch.

Better have a helper when you remove those pins,
The hatch is rather heavy.

Bowtieollie
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59imp 
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11-29-10 02:18 PM - Post#2011188    
    In response to bowtieollie

ya there is a spring mechanism on the early Vegas, then they went to the struts. i wish you had mentioned there was a clip that helt the hinge pins in place, i bent them quite badly trying to pound them out, i thought they were just rusted in...live and learn......



 
bowtieollie 
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11-29-10 06:02 PM - Post#2011320    
    In response to 59imp

Its not a special clip...it just a C clip.

What year Astre are you working on???

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59imp 
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12-03-10 01:50 AM - Post#2012860    
    In response to bowtieollie

  • bowtieollie Said:
What year Astre are you working on???




it's my black 73 from my earlier post. some rust developed under the hinge and a couple of the spot welds came loose. now sometimes the hatch comes unlatched while driving, mostly under cornering.



 




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