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Like most 66's my door hinges really need some help. I've seen the door pins and bushings kits that suppliers offer and I like the lower cost. But I'm curious of what it'll take to get my old stuff off. I've removed my doors and the doors were lined up pretty well and I really don't want to mess that up.

When I drive the old pins out with a punch and hand sledge can I expect the hinges to move? Also one of the short pins that the follower rides on is broken off. How much trouble will it be to drill that baby out? I don't think you can punch it from beneath. And when I'm done drilling, will the new one fit?

Has anyone out there already fought these battles?

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I fought the pins and the pins won.

The pins (that were broken off) were siezed up inside the hinge, after banging on them for quite a while, I gave up and got new ones. Good Luck!

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I used the pin kit and rebuit my 66 upper and lower hinges recently. In my case, everything worked and the hinges came out like new. On one hinge, the blind pin (the short one that you can't punch it out from the bottom) that holds the spinner bushing (my terminology) could not be pulled out. I had to drill it out. As I remember, I cut the pin off flush and then carefulyl drilled it out starting with a small bit and going up in bit sizes several times until the final size. I used a rather crude method of determining the final size by finding a bit hole that the new pin fit through, then dropping back to the next smaller bit that I had. I also made sure that the holse was deep enough to contain the new pin. Other than this one problem, the new pin/bushing install was a piece of cake. One caution, make sure the hinge parts are positioned correctly before driving in the new pin. Do one hinge at a time.

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I just rebuilt my door hinges on the vert. Actually I tried to remove the pins but couldn't. So I took the whole assembly to a friend who's in the club that has a machine shop at work. He welded an angled piece to the short pin that couldn't be driven out, and pounded on the piece. He returned the hinge assemblies to me the next day, and I just finished aligning the doors. Alignment is pretty straightforward. Especially if the paint leaves a clue as to where to reinstall the hinge.

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I bought the kit and repaired them all on my 67. It was a pain. You need a press to do it in my opinion. I have a good vise and that's what I used. Also a punch and hammer. I had to torque the vise down hard and then hammer on it to get the pins out. It took a lot of effort. Anyway, it is possible.

Adrien.

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