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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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Hi ya,

My driver's door lower hinge is missing the spring that holds tension against the arm so the door stays open when you want it to, so I order a replacement spring.

How in the world do you get that spring in there? I almost killed myself when that thing went flying!

Thanks for any help!


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 10:48 AM
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clamp it in a vise, compressed. use tie straps or safety wire to hold the compression. place in the hinge and cut the straps to release the tension ::

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I have not tried this but have been told how to do it. You need bench vise or something of the sort. Compress the spring in the vise until you get it to the length you need. Use some good quality mechanics wire, loop it thru the spring to secure the size. Put loops of the wire on two sides of the spring 180 degrees opposite each other. Place the spring in the hinge, adjust the door until there is tension against the spring, then cut the wires. The loops of wire should not be around the entire length of the spring, but in a wind or two.
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I'm thinking that I'll just buy rebuilt hinges from Mustang Steve. Or have him rebuild mine.
Or not.
The tie wrap way sounds like the deal to me.

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I've done it with the vise/wire tie trick before. It's still not a particularly easy job, but it's the easiest I've found.

Be careful when compressing the spring in the vice. You can't just stick the spring in the vice and clamp it down, as you won't be able to either get the tie-wrap throug it, or can't pull it tight. You have to have part of the spring sticking out of the vice to do it ... and sometimes the spring launches across the garage ::

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You guys are overthinking this thing - 4" piece of 10/24 allthread, two fender washers, two nuts. Dandiest little spring compressor you ever saw, and no parts flying around the garage when the vice lets go! Run the wire through the spring a couple turns from each end before you start compressin'... and secure the wire as needed - Remove the compressor and you're ready to rock-

Rebar tie wire worked fine for me...

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I need to do the same thing because I forgot to install them before I installed the fender. The spring install is much easier with the hinge off the car or the fender removed and the door closed.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2004, 06:09 PM
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There's a little tool that compresses this for about $20. or so. I stopped by the body shop and asked to borrow it for a few problemo. Popped it right in after compressing cussing... ::
Wouldn't hurt to stop and ask...
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The door check springs are a real bear to compress and hold even with a wire as the wire moves and the spring is lop sided. The best bet is borrow or invest in the tool just for that.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-10-2012, 12:59 PM
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Ok, I know this is an old thread but I finished the restoration on the 67 coupe, gave it to my son and just noticed a dent on the front of the door. Somehow the spring "disappeared". How the hell that happens is beyond me but the thing was new. Anyway, I just did the wire technique and I couldn't get it to stay on opposite sides. Even when I had it compressed you would loosen it up and would slide over every time. Finally, I compressed it as far as I could on one side and used a flat head screw driver and a few curse words and got that thing in.

That sucked, to say the least.

Bought two in case I have to do this again...but I hope I don't.

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