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Hinge Pins
06-30-2013, 10:25 PM
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Hinge Pins
I have a 92 Chevy S10 and I need to replace both upper and lower hinge pins and bushings on both doors.
Anybody know how to do it and what tools I will need?

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07-01-2013, 05:54 AM
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RE: Hinge Pins
If you have a helper, one of you can hold the door while the other uses a punch and hammer to knock out one pin and the bushings, tap in the new bushings & pin & give the guy holding the door a break. Then move to the next one.

No helper? Use a jack & a block of wood to hold the door while doing one pin at a time.

If the bushing holes aren’t completely shot the job is usually pretty simple. Look at the new parts before you start and you’ll see how things work. Please let us know how you do along with any comments or tips for the next guy that might do this job.

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07-01-2013, 09:43 AM
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RE: Hinge Pins
Just to add what Garner has posted, be really careful about that spring in the lower hinge. It can cause you pain or take can eye out when it goes flying. There's a special gadget made for them by KD Tools for about $10. It's almost impossible to put that spring back in without the tool. The hinge pin kits are usually available at auto parts stores for around $6 a pair. (one side)

Hint: if your vehicle has electric windows there's a wiring harness between the body and the door so don't stretch it. You can do the job by supporting the door about 1 - 2 inches out while you work and that's about all the slack you can get without damage.
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07-04-2013, 10:46 PM
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RE: Hinge Pins
Thanks for the reply. I have to find the hinge pins in this small town and this will have to be a weekend project.I'll post how it went afterwords.Hopefully the holes are not to worn out.

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07-04-2013, 11:04 PM
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I am also in a small town. (population 2,500) Should be no issues finding the pin kits through any supplier like NAPA, PEP Boys, Auto Zone, etc. They used the same pins for over 20 years and through many models of GM vehicles.
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07-11-2013, 09:42 PM
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RE: Hinge Pins
Well I can forget about this project.The upper hinge on the drivers side has broken in half (upper part of hinge) where the hinge pin goes through. Now I have to find a way to replace the entire hinge and they are welded in place.

Rupe thanks for the advice,but,the springs are on the upper hinge on this S-10,right in the way for getting the hinge pins out.The bottom of the pin is right on top of the spring.

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07-11-2013, 10:14 PM
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I have see bolt-on replacements for this welded hinge on several vehicles but not sure where those parts came from. Usually it's after some extensive body work so guessing the next step would be to ask at some local body shops to see where such an item might be found. You might even get lucky and find one on a wreck in a salvage yard.

Now, years ago and in a pinch on a weekend I had a similar issue and fired up my welder. I completely welded up the bushing area, used a grinder to shape things flat, then redrilled the holes. It was far from perfect and not pretty at all, but it bought me a few years.

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07-12-2013, 10:35 PM
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I'm going to have to think about this,just how far I want to take this.It's a really good truck.Body is beaten up,but it runs great,have never given me any real problems.Has always started when I needed it to,even when it reached 40 below zero. I'm going to have to research options,see which one is easier and cost less.Thanks for the info Rupe.

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