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Door hinge play....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dabirdguy, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,404

    Member Emeritus

    How does one measure how much play is too much on a mid '50's 2 door door hinge once it is out of the car?

    I am in the process of converting a 4 door wagon into a 2 door and the doors and hinges have all ready been pulled.
    Three out of the 4 hinges are tight to move. One moves freely. If I chuck them up in a vice there is a small amount of play in them. How much is "OK"? How much movement would be an indicator that I need to do a rebuild.

  2. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,179

    from Yakima WA.

    Usually if you feel any movement, the bushings should be replaced. That said, it's just an adjustment issue unless the bushings are completely shot.

    I've seen hinges with worn bushings that were adjusted correctly and performed very well. If you have the hinges out, replace the bushings. It is a fairly easy job.
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,573


    Grab the back of the door, if you can move it up and down noticably then you probably need to redo the hinges. I guess it's too late for that test now, eh? I'd see about rebushing the one that is not tight, at a minimum
  4. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,629


    Hinge pins and bushings are cheap. Why not replace and forget it ?

  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,265


    It's super critical that your hinges are tight for door alignment during the 2 door conversion, so it's worth every penny and every minute to rebush the loose hinge. No play is good when you're doing that kind of work. I know I had to swap out some of mine on my '60 Fury when I did the 2 door conversion, one turned out to be bent and would have caused a ton of trouble. 4 door hinges seem to wear less if you need to find replacements.

    Curious to know what year/model of wagon you're working on.
  6. dabirdguy
    Joined: Jun 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,404

    Member Emeritus

    Its a '55 Merc wagon. I intend it to end up a sedan-delivery. These are not simple like the newer ones (pardon the poor pics):


  7. T Fritz
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 175

    T Fritz

    I overhaul all types of door/tailgate hinges. The 54-55 ford/Merc hinge has no bushings and an odd size pin that is not reproduced by any one but me. When this type of hinge is rebuilt we bore out the body and press in oilite bushings. The bushings are then bored out to match the new pins. HAMB members get a 10% discount on hinge rebuilding.

    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010
  8. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,961

    from howell, nj
    1. Kustom Painters

    Off the car, they should be so tight, they are hard to open and close. ANy movement on the car means they should be rebushed.

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