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Username Post: 1962 Door hinge alignment ?'s        (Topic#364962)
62stlragtop 
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04-20-21 01:11 PM - Post#2818415    

Hey, I just rebuilt my door hinges on my 62 2Dr hardtop and now need to align my door. Has anyone had any luck doing a door alignment without removing the front fender? I would rather not take the front fender off if at all possible. Thanks for any tips/suggestions that you can send me!



 


wagonman100 
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04-20-21 02:19 PM - Post#2818416    
    In response to 62stlragtop

Unfortunately the best thing you could have done was to mark the hinge location before you removed them. I generally do it by outlining the hinge with masking tape. That way you just remove the masking tape when you’re done. No permanent marks.

There may still be witness marks on the hinge post that can get you close. You should be able to get a wrench on the hinge to pillar bolts, but it’s not the easiest thing.

I would install the hinges and tighten them enough that they won’t move on their own with the door hanging on them but would with some encouragement. Then you can get them to move with a block of wood and a hammer. Moving them forward or up and down won’t be so bad. If they need to come back you may have to loosen one at a time. Loosen the bottom one and lift the back of the door then tighten them loosen the top one and let the door drop back the needed amount and then tighten. You can use that method to move them forward too just reverse which hinge you loosen and lift or let the door drop to move the hinges. You may need two people, one to hold the door and the other to loosen and tighten the hinges.

Jay
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62stlragtop 
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04-20-21 07:23 PM - Post#2818429    
    In response to wagonman100

Yeah, the masking tape idea would have been a good one. Although the door was really needing to go forward and in anyway. I am using the tape on the lower hinge as a reference. Looking like I am going to have to remove the fender to do this right, I cant really get to these lower hinge bolts. Is the front fender difficult to remove? How is the rocker trim (ss car) attached to the front fender?



 
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04-20-21 08:09 PM - Post#2818432    
    In response to 62stlragtop

The rocker trim has a hex nut on a stud on the front fender connection point and the same hex nut by the rear wheel well opening. The rest of the molding is held in place by large push in clips in between the two hex nuts (if the studs do not break off ) Use a large sturdy scraper to pry the clips loose (they have large push in wires so they will take some effort to pry them loose.

The front of the fender is attached to the radiator support and to the front painted panel below the headlights and bolted to the top of the radiator support. The hood may have to come off since its supported by the hood hinge bracket bolted to the inner fender. Only the 2 bolts holding the hood hinge mounting bracket to the firewall will hold the hood in place if the fender is removed.

Paul

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04-21-21 01:39 AM - Post#2818437    
    In response to pvs409

If you remove the hood, drill a very small hole behind 1 hood bolt on each side. Drill close to the bolt amd it can’t be seen. Drill through the hinge and the lower layer of the hood and the drill bit can be inserted in the hole to align the hood when you reinstall it.

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62stlragtop 
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04-21-21 07:02 AM - Post#2818452    
    In response to pvs409

Thats good to know about the hood. Seems like the fender removal will need lots of bolt penetrating spray so i dont break any bolts... This is turning into a multi day project. I'll have to weigh the pros vs cons to waiting to do this in the winter.



 
62stlragtop 
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04-21-21 07:02 AM - Post#2818453    
    In response to DonSSDD

Thats cool! Like the advice for easy installation.



 
62stlragtop 
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04-21-21 12:36 PM - Post#2818486    
    In response to pvs409

Do you know if its possible to tap out the hinge pins without removing the hinges from the car? That would save me some time from pulling the front fender off to realign door...



 
Bubpletop62 
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04-23-21 10:13 AM - Post#2818613    
    In response to 62stlragtop

Unfortunately the pins will not ‘tap’ out. I replaced all my pins which were pressed in. The hinges will have to be removed. The whole process is involved but is doeable.
Dennis Bubp

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62stlragtop 
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04-26-21 08:27 AM - Post#2818818    
    In response to Bubpletop62

Project update

I was able to tap the hinge pins out of my hinges and just remove the cast hinge from door. I then took my cast hinge half to the bench and pressed in my bushings. This made the project a bit easier because i could leave the hinge bolted to the a pillar.

thanks for the help everyone!



 
Bubpletop62 
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04-26-21 11:50 AM - Post#2818835    
    In response to 62stlragtop

Glad it worked out for you. Those pins can be a bear.
Congrats!!!
Dennis Bubp

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wagonman100 
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04-26-21 06:47 PM - Post#2818856    
    In response to Bubpletop62

Happy to hear it was a fairly easy solution.

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


 


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