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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 18, 7:37 PM Thread Starter
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Driver Door Adjustment

Ive got a 1971 Chevelle SS and out of nowhere my driver door has a sag when opening It , maybe 3/16" . There Is absolutly no play In my hinges and they dont appear to have shifted . So I guess my question Is , how could this be explained , and second , best way to deal with It . I Imagine Im gonna have to adjust It back up slightly . Can this be done w/o messing up my paint ? Ive read this requires a special wrench to get In there . Best to adjust the top one or will both hinges need to be adjusted ? Thanks guys
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 18, 10:37 PM
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Re: Driver Door Adjustment

You are right, hinge pins don't suddenly wear. A very small shift of the hinges would not be noticeable at the pillar but would cause a 3/8" sag. I would put a floor jack under the door at the rear and give it a lift. If the hinges are allowing movement the jack will shift the hinges back and the door should be back in position with the jack removed. If that works then you have to figure how to get at the bolts attaching the hinges to the A post tighter.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 22nd, 18, 3:46 PM Thread Starter
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I was reading through some old posts and some guys were talking about a special tool to access the cowl to hinge bolts . Anyone happen to know the mfg. or part number of the tool ?
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I was reading through some old posts and some guys were talking about a special tool to access the cowl to hinge bolts . Anyone happen to know the mfg. or part number of the tool ?
I’m not sure about jacking up the door to see if it moves the hinges, a light upward lifting pressure from you to see if the pins are worn is the most I would do, a jack may put to much pressure on them and damage the bushings. In the 67 Fischer manual the wrench is detailed, it’s a custom tool they fabricated up. They do have dimensions. Easily done with an old scrap wrench and a torch to heat it up and bend it. You do have to loosen up the fender. Not sure if this is what your talking about..
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I was hoping someone might have the Kent-Moore part number . I worked at a Chevrolet dealership for 33 years and they probably have one In the tool room I could borrow If I knew the number .
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I was hoping someone might have the Kent-Moore part number . I worked at a Chevrolet dealership for 33 years and they probably have one In the tool room I could borrow If I knew the number .
J-21550 google is a wonderful tool
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