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Username Post: 1962 Impala door hinge sagging, tips for rebuilding?        (Topic#363364)
62stlragtop 
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11-21-20 12:10 PM - Post#2808265    

Hey guys, my passenger door hinge is sagging and I am thinking about pulling the hinges out of the car one by one and rebuilding them with new pins/bushings. Is this a pretty straightforward project or is there something’s I should watch out for? I am planning on supporting the door carefully with a floor jack while pulling each hinge out one by one and rebuilding and then replacing. Has anyone done this before, and are there any tips you can give me that might help me with this process?



 


55Brodie 
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11-21-20 01:38 PM - Post#2808271    
    In response to 62stlragtop

Chances are it is only the upper hinge that is worn. Unless you have access to a he-man hydraulic press I would recommend you replace the entire hinge with a Dynacorn unit. It ain't easy, but with assorted sockets, combination wrenches, ratcheting box wrenches and the right curse words, the hinge can be removed and installed without removing the fender.



 
pvs409 
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11-21-20 02:41 PM - Post#2808277    
    In response to 62stlragtop

I have had at least 5 to 7 original GM used sets of both door hinges rebuilt with new rivets and bushings.

I would not use any reproduction door hinges. Too many possible problems with poorly made reproduction parts that need to fit so the doors adjust correctly. This from experience on over 10 frame off restorations, including others who used various reproduction parts that did not work.

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RambosRide 
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11-21-20 03:28 PM - Post#2808278    
    In response to 62stlragtop

  • 62stlragtop Said:
Hey guys, my passenger door hinge is sagging and I am thinking about pulling the hinges out of the car one by one and rebuilding them with new pins/bushings. Is this a pretty straightforward project or is there something’s I should watch out for? I am planning on supporting the door carefully with a floor jack while pulling each hinge out one by one and rebuilding and then replacing. Has anyone done this before, and are there any tips you can give me that might help me with this process?



The bottom of the door edge is tough to get a solid footing on jack pad I'd buy this or make something similar out of wood to cradle the door ...
https://www.eastwood.com/e-z-rest-door-hanger.html

The only gotcha in replacing pins and bushings is if the holes in the hinge pocket get oblonged from the bushing wearing out.

It takes a special tool to be able to weld them up and re-drill them straight.

Otherwise a air chisel and a flat end bit is what i use to drive the pin out and new one back in.




 
55Brodie 
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11-22-20 01:15 AM - Post#2808299    
    In response to pvs409

Paul,
The Dynacorn hinge form, fit and function is excellent.



 
62stlragtop 
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12-04-20 02:35 PM - Post#2809361    
    In response to RambosRide

Sorry for the late response. I was hoping I could remove the top hinge while supporting the door, then rebuild it and remount it while the lower one is still attached. That way the door would not have to come off the car entirely, also would it make lining up easier?



 


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