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pyrofighting
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From: Fountain Valley, Ca., USA
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posted 08-19-2002 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pyrofighting   Click Here to Email pyrofighting     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My door hinges for my 68 are worn. My door does not shut properly when closed. Is there a rebuild kit for them. I have looked, but no luck. New ones cost $100 each. That is way to much for some hinges. Any help?

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FASTFORD
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posted 08-19-2002 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FASTFORD   Click Here to Email FASTFORD     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If your hinges are just sagging, you can losen the bolts, lift up the door, and tighten them in the spot that makes the door close right. I found this out after I had spent $240 on new hinges.

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-19-2002 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are hinge repair kits for the 68 hinges. NPD sells a repair kit for 6.95 a door.

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mustangs68
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posted 08-19-2002 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
second what Mellow said..and FASTFORD..check the alignment to remove any sag..remember these are 30+ years old and you know at 30+ years old things start to sag
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Fastback68
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posted 08-19-2002 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Make sure that all is still basically functioning as it should on the lower hinges before thinking about repair or replacement. There's a vertical rod which is supposed to rotate, with bushings at either end. Out of the eight hinges in my collection, no fewer than seven have had those welded permanently in place, making them unrepairable as far as I can see.
Simon

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-19-2002 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To check if door hinges are bad, open the door to the 45 degree position and lift by the door handle. That will show up whatever play is in the upper door hinge, which is the one that usually wears the most.

Like Mellow said, NPD sells a great kit to replace the pin and add brass bushings.

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John Z
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posted 08-19-2002 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Z   Click Here to Email John Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And if you really want to go first class on the rebuild check out http://www.mustangsteve.com/hinge.html

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-19-2002 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's little sense in panel replacement-quarters, or front fender replacement if doors are sagging. Window adjustment is a mess, also.

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Fastback68
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posted 08-19-2002 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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And if you really want to go first class on the rebuild check out http://www.mustangsteve.com/hinge.html

Oh wow!!!!! That is truly first-class information! Good catch!

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jkilroy
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posted 08-20-2002 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you get 67 hinges, I believe that they are cast iron instead of stamped metal.

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Jay Kilroy
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Fastback68
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posted 08-20-2002 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have some lower '67 hinges but didn't think about using them 'cos they're a completely different design from '68 and I assumed Ford improved them. But they work OK?

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-20-2002 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They're rebuildable, also. Have never been too crazy about the 68 hinges but they are easier to repair. Think the change was a bean counter thing. Price. Mustang Steve's hinge article is a bit extreme but certainly a good idea. An MCA judge would probably have a coronary if he saw those! LOL!

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