Originally Posted by 65TW
Is the 1/4" hinge pin supposed to be stationary relative to the body side of the door hinge? I assume it is since there is a 1/8" (?) drift pin that holds the 1/4" hinge pin in place on the body side door hinge, but wanted to double check. I think my hinge pin is frozen on the door side hinge and it sheared the drift pin. The hinge pin definitely is fixed and rotating with the door side hinge, not the body side hinge. It became really stiff about a week ago, which triggered me to look at this.
Any tips on drilling the new drift pin hole? Before or after installing the new stainless steel hinge pin? Any tips on drift pin material, e.g. stainless steel?
65' Tradewind - Full Monty
Yes. The hinge pin is stationary on the body side. The material for the drift pin does not matter too much as long as it is steel. I used a stainless replacement. If you can tell that the 1/4" hinge pin is not broken then just try to drill out the old drift pin and put in a new one, leaving the 1/4" pin in place.Here's a link to the guide I used to repair my sloppy door hinge.
My repair was a great success. In the article I linked to, the authors remove the hinge from the trailer and the door before removing the 1/4" rod. I reapplied PB blaster to my hinge pin daily for a week and was able to drive the 1/4" rod out while still attached to the trailer with a slightly smaller diameter steel rod and a punch. It's a bigger job than you think. As they say in the article "whatever you do don't break the hinge"
. They don't make them anymore and are impossible to find.