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TECH TIP: '53-54 Chevy Door Hinge Pins

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TexasHardcore, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. I didn't want to mail-order a set of door hinge pins for our '53 Chevy 2-door and wait for them to get lost or sent to the wrong address? I also didn't want to shave down some bolts and still have shitty sagging doors after all that work. I spent some time looking for some locally, but failed.

    I busted out the dial calipers and found the diameter of the stock hinge pins (.340) and they measured out to be about 2.5" in length.

    I ran down to Autozone and looked in their HELP! section for a pair of hinge pins with the same diameter and atleast the same length. They had quite a few very long pieces in the right diameter but only sold them individually and for about $7 each!

    Well, I stumbled upon HELP! part number 38381. It's a kit for a Chrysler of some sort that comes with 3 pins, and 6 bushings. 2 of the pins were the right diameter, 1 of which was a little long. The other was a smaller pin and was thrown in the misc bucket I keep around. I popped the stock plastic bushings out of the hinges, and the replacement brass bushings happened to tap right into the hinges nice and tight, like they should be. Then I assembled the hinges together and knocked the pins through them. They fit nice, and operate smoothly. Remember, I said one of the pins was the right length, and one was a little long. Out came the cut-off wheel, trimmed to the proper length, then smoothed out. I put the doors back on and they open & close very smooth, with no sagging.

    Anyhow, the hinge pin kit was about $8, and enough to do 1 door, so you'll need two to do both doors. Again, it's HELP! part number 38381.

    Not sure if it works on 49-52's, 55-57's, or BOPs of the same vintage, but it might be worth a shot. I also heard the rear doors on 4-door cars have a different length, but might be the same diameter. Anyhow, hope it helps.
     
  2. mazdaslam
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    You just listed 2 DIFFERENT part #'s. Witch one is right? Great tip by the way....
     
  3. Nice! Another proud owner of a pair of calipers. Worth their weight in gold.
     
  4. BOBBY FORD
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    Haven't gotten to that point yet but I sure appreciate the info. That info will save me a lot of time and save a little hair from being pulled out. Lord knows I don't need to loose anymore. Which # is the right one? Thanks, BOBBY FORD
     
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  5. Tin Can
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    That what roddings all about. If you cant wait find something else that will work. Good job and nice tip
     
  6. Sorry, I get a bit "dyxlessik" sometimes. The right number is #38381 (MOTORMITE/HELP!)

    By the way, the MOTORMITE/HELP! brand tells you the pin diameter & length on the back. O'reilly carries a new brand that doesn't give the specs on the back. NAPA has their own brand, but I believe they are the same as the MOTORMITE/HELP! but in a private label for NAPA because it tells you the specs on the back and looks like the same packaging.
     
  7. Thanks! Good tip!
     
  8. happy hoppy
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    great info thanks a lot!
    David
     
  9. Thanks for the tip having problem with my 54.
     
  10. Chevy54
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    from Orange, CA

    Good to know for the record! Thanx
     
  11. roddinron
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    Does anyone know where to get new springs for these hinges? They're the flat type, mine are worn clean off.
     
  12. junkman8888
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    Greetings! When it came time for me to rebuild the hinges on my '53 what the vintage Chevy parts suppliers wanted to sell me was a "generic" hinge-pin rebuild kit that still needed the pins shortened. Like you I found pins and bushings at my local parts store , the only real snag was finding replacement door limit springs. Unfortunately I was unable to fine replacement springs on-line or in any of the vintage Chevy parts catalogues so I scrounged some from a set of '59-'60 Chevy Impala front door hinges, the rivets needed were purchased from a local hardware store, hope this helps, Mike.
     
  13. 53Hattie
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    Just bought eight NOS door limit springs for my '53 from Cal McCollum @ Vintage Chevrolet Parts in Bonsall CA, ...not cheap, but hard to find! He had a few left [that was a coupla weeks back]. His ph# is 760-723-5134
     
  14. 31aBoy
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    Anyone try this on a 49-52?
     
  15. 31aBoy
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  16. 31aBoy
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    Bttt

    Sent from my DROID device using the TJJ mobile app
     
  17. dsacton
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    Howdy,

    Thanks for the advice. I ordered the parts for my '54. I realize that this post was quite a while ago. But could you tell me how you got the old pins out of the hinge? Thanks,

    Scott Acton
     
  18. Tin Can
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    I unbolted the hinge from the car and the body and knocked them out with a hammer and punch. Im sure this could be done on the car without removing them from the car totally though
     

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