Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

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Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by JETEXAS » 30 Dec 2017, 23:26

I got hinge rebuild kits for Christmas, so I took a look at the challenge today. The way the top edge of the door curves over, it doesn't look like there's space for the pins to come up unless you unbolt the door from the hinges and take it off.

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Can you replace the pins on a 67 without removing the hinges or am I going to need a buddy to help me take the doors off?
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by 1969XR7Vert » 31 Dec 2017, 08:19

Not sure of the answer but look at the video WCCC has on this subject. From memory, I think they did rebuild one of the hinges in place but not sure which one or what year Cougar.
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by 7.0 Litre Kid » 31 Dec 2017, 21:50

JETEXAS wrote:
30 Dec 2017, 23:26
I got hinge rebuild kits for Christmas, so I took a look at the challenge today. The way the top edge of the door curves over, it doesn't look like there's space for the pins to come up unless you unbolt the door from the hinges and take it off.


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Can you replace the pins on a 67 without removing the hinges or am I going to need a buddy to help me take the doors off?
I have another one to do , and am not looking forward to it (1968)
Of all the projects I currently have.
Recently
I just removed the lower hinge(1968) to replace the missing spring, and rebushed the hinge while out.
Use a floor jack to support the door while working.
Replacement was just the opposite. WCCC video helped , because it helps do use the special fender wrench .

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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by 69XR7Ragtop » 03 Jan 2018, 21:37

I wonder if the Tight Reach extension wrench would work on the hinge bolts...... I'll have to try on mine for grins and giggles. It worked great under the dash of my daughters car while replacing the blend door actuator motor. (2006 Honda Civic) tough bolts to get to as well.
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by JETEXAS » 04 Jan 2018, 08:17

Let me know if it does. The 1/2" hinge wrenches on eBay are running about $100 and the Tight Reach would be a more versatile tool.
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by 69XR7Ragtop » 04 Jan 2018, 20:15

I'll try it this weekend and let everyone know.
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by 69XR7Ragtop » 06 Jan 2018, 15:19

Well, the Tite Reach extension wrench does work on the hard to get to bolts of the door hinges on a '69. '67 and '68 should be very similar but I can not attest to it.
My 1/4" sized Tite Reach was able to get to the hardest bolt on the hinges with little problem. The other two bolts on each hinge that attached to the car body could be reached with a u-joint and a regular long extension by opening the door all the way and getting to them from the outside near the fender. My 3/8" Tite Reach was too large (fat) to work.
See attached pics of the one that worked.
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(Yes there is a 1/2" short socket on the extension actually on the bolt head. I just don't have the ratchet hooked on in the pic)
Hope this helps.
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by JETEXAS » 08 Jan 2018, 07:45

I guess I'll put my Christmas Amazon gift card to work and order the 1/4" version.
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by JETEXAS » 12 Feb 2018, 14:24

Well, I could not get the Tite-Reach wrench to fit. Instead of going back to one of the many other projects on my list, I rashly decided to remove the drivers door.

On the upside I did get the top hinge rebuilt. On the downside the bottom hinge had to come off the car completely, and if I'm not succesful in drilling it out tonight, I'm going to have to throw it away and go buy another one.

I have hopes that with the original hinge locations clearly marked, I can get the door back on correctly, but I know that realistically, I'm probably going to have to pull the fender off, then put the door back on, then line the fender back up.

Good times.
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Re: Can you change a 1967 door hinge pin without removing the door?

Post by JETEXAS » 15 Feb 2018, 21:43

The great news is that my door doesn't sag anymore.

The bad news is that it doesn't shut now either.

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Guess I'm pulling the bumper and fender this weekend.
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