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Old 11-19-2006, 04:31 PM   #1
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Door hinges loose

The hinges on my '72 are getting loose, and the door jamb does not appear to be one that is easily removed. Are the holding bolts attached with interior nuts, or are they simply stripped out?
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Old 11-19-2006, 05:55 PM   #2
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Hey Blimphauler, If your hinges look like pic number one on the outside, then they probably look like pic number two on the inside. Hope this helps a bit.

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Old 11-19-2006, 06:35 PM   #3
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Good timing for the pic, have a loose hinge on the Overlander. They have Elevator bolts. Looks like two have backed off a bit
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Old 11-19-2006, 06:38 PM   #4
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Pictures coming

Thanks for taking the time to post the pix! Mine's a bit different, and I'll get pix to post in the next day or so.

As for the username, the goal is to get out Dodge as soon as it gets to be that time of year. The AS is our escape capsule - so far so good, but I'll be much happier once we're out of the crosshairs...
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I just repaired my loose door hinges.
What I discovered was that the original nuts had star washers attached to the nut, the star washers rusted out and that was the cause of the play between the hinge and body.

I replaced the nuts with nyloc's



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Has anyone replaced just the pins ? It looks like they only go in from one side , no way to knock them out .
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The hinges on my '72 are getting loose, and the door jamb does not appear to be one that is easily removed. Are the holding bolts attached with interior nuts, or are they simply stripped out?
The double hinges for the entrance door were first used in mid 72 and up.

You could possibly have a 73.

The hinge pins come loose because of severe vibration when towing. You should balance the hub, drum, tire and wheel as an assembly.

You should also check the striker pocket for wear as well as the lock striker bolt.

Drive the hinge pins back into the hinge. Using a center punch at the top of the hinges, dimple the hinge to hold the pin in place.

That will eliminate the need to replace the hinges.

CAUTION: If you do not properly balance the running gear, the pins will again come loose.

At that point, the hinges must be replaced.

Pins for that hinge are not available.

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The double hinges for the entrance door were first used in mid 72 and up.

You could possibly have a 73.

The hinge pins come loose because of severe vibration when towing. You should balance the hub, drum, tire and wheel as an assembly.

You should also check the striker pocket for wear as well as the lock striker bolt.

Drive the hinge pins back into the hinge. Using a center punch at the top of the hinges, dimple the hinge to hold the pin in place.

That will eliminate the need to replace the hinges.

CAUTION: If you do not properly balance the running gear, the pins will again come loose.

At that point, the hinges must be replaced.

Pins for that hinge are not available.

Andy
Hey Andy! That is real good info!

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