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Old March 4th, 2009, 18:09
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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

I'd still run a bead on the top and bottom of the hinge just to help keep the alignment right. If any of those bolts loosen even slightly or if they shift in their holes, your alignment could go out the window... a small tack at the top and bottom would help keep it nice and tight.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 19:51
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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

^^probably a good idea.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 21:33
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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

Well, it's a thought.

But the three bolts holding the hinge to the door have adjustment (slop) designed right into them, and I've never heard of them loosening up.

My bolts all fit good-n-tight in their holes. Even if they were to work loose, it's really not going anywhere...

But thanks!

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Old March 4th, 2009, 21:45
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less thinking about it, more welding.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 22:47
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less thinking about it, more welding.
I think that's how AMC got us into this mess!

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Old March 4th, 2009, 23:25
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lol!
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Old March 7th, 2009, 21:13
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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

<Update>

It finally got warm enough to get my fender back on, and I discovered a little wrinkle.

There was originally a tab tacked onto the body just below the hinge. I thought it was unused, and since it was right where I wanted to put my bolt hole, I snipped it off...



Well, it turned out that tab was one of the ones used to mount the fender. Without it, there is a bit more play in the fender. Not a lot, but a little.

So the way I figure it, there are three courses of action.

(1) You could reposition that bottom hole to work around that tab. I'm sure it could be done, but to see exactly how and where, I'd have to tear it all back apart. And sorry guys, I'm just not that interested...

(2) You could make up a new tab that mounted under that bolt head. Just a small piece of light-gauge sheet, bent into an "L", with a hole in each leg.

(3) You could ignore the whole thing, because your rig is already rusting to pieces in the driveway, and a little play in the fender really won't be noticed.

I chose number three.

But I thought I'd mentioned it, so anybody that might try my fix can decide for themselves, and adjust accordingly...

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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

Thanks for bringing this back to the top.

I just discovered this on my MJ yesterday. I am going to use this to repair this..

http://www.comancheclub.com/forums/v...hp?f=2&t=15293
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Old March 8th, 2009, 14:27
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Thanks for bringing this back to the top.

I just discovered this on my MJ yesterday. I am going to use this to repair this..

http://www.comancheclub.com/forums/v...hp?f=2&t=15293
That is AMAZING. Those pics are EXACTLY what mine looked like when I started.

Same red body, same black rattlecan, same ripped out welds...

Good luck with it!

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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

Worked like it was made for it!

Thanks for the idea. I thought I was going to have to pay to have it fixed!
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Worked like it was made for it!

Thanks for the idea. I thought I was going to have to pay to have it fixed!


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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

Not to drag up an old thread, but I ran across this and think I want to go this route for fixing my sagging doors.

As for the backing plate, if you move the bottom hole towards the door opening alittle, you can clear the fender mounting tab?

As for mounting hardware, you just used a grade 8 bolt, flat washers and a locking nut?

Lastly, this is a fix for the upper hinge, correct? What does your lower hinge look like?

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Not to drag up an old thread, but I ran across this and think I want to go this route for fixing my sagging doors.
Heck, yeah, drag up an old thread: It shows you're searching, and we LOVE guys that search!

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As for the backing plate, if you move the bottom hole towards the door opening alittle, you can clear the fender mounting tab?
I "think" so (are you asking, or suggesting?), but I didn't bother to tear it all apart again to check.

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As for mounting hardware, you just used a grade 8 bolt, flat washers and a locking nut?
There are no nuts: I drilled and tapped (threaded) the 1/4" plate. The bolts just thread into it.

There's no way to hold the nut in place on the backside to even get the bolt started into it, much less to get it tight.

You could tack weld the nut on the back, and I was going to do that if the threaded plate didn't hold, but it held great.

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Lastly, this is a fix for the upper hinge, correct? What does your lower hinge look like?
My lower hinge looks fine. I "assume" the same fix could be used on it, but you might need to play around with the size/shape of the plate.

I doubt the lowers will need it, though. When the door opens, it pulls the upper hinge away from (off of! ) the body, but it pushes the lower hinge inward.

The lower hinge doesn't see anywhere near the abuse that the upper does.

Good luck with it, and fire back if you have questions!

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I "think" so (are you asking, or suggesting?), but I didn't bother to tear it all apart again to check.

Good luck with it, and fire back if you have questions!

Robert
For the lower hole, both. Also, what was the thickness of the plate?

I ask, because I sent the pics to a guy I know, who custom fabs jeep parts on the side, and he's going make a set for me (and possibly start producing them as a kit).

EDIT: Duh, you answered my last question already. Thanks man.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 08:41
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Re: Broken door-hinge welds: cheap n easy fix!

Well, the answer was, "Um probably."

You'd really just have to get in there look. I'm sure there is room, but since I haven't done it, I won't say I "know" that there's room.

As for mass-producing them, we did talk about it over here.

The problem is getting all the holes lined up perfect.

I drilled the jeep body, then used that as a template to drill the plate.

If you did the plate first, I think it might be a bear to get the holes in the body perfect.

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