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Roadster Door Hinges
« on: July 23, 2017, 01:14:25 PM »
Hello,
   The doors on my 30U roadster are sagging to the point that the striker is worn almost in half.  I've been closing the door the last few years by lifting up to prevent easy closing and further damage.  I can get new strikers, but I want to fix the hinges. 

   When trying to remove the hinges, 2 of the 4 screws holding them in place just spin in place and cannot be removed.  My assumption is that they are in the body wood and just spinning in place, but I don't know for sure, as I've never had the car apart.  I also noticed that the frame where the hinges attach, attached to the body, have 3 screws in them, so this piece comes off as well.

   Before I start tearing into it, or doing unnecessary damage, I thought I'd ask for some expert advice and see if there are any tips or tricks to getting the hinges off, or should I start trying to pry them out or try removing the entire panel with the 3 screws.  Thanks for any advice.

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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2017, 04:38:46 PM »
Chris,

I am currently working in this area. I have a 29 Plymouth but if you have the older style 30U I can probably help you. Please post a picture of your hinge pillar. The screws you are talking about are probably machine screws with nuts behind the wood pillar.

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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2017, 06:40:14 PM »
Here's a photo.  My car is a late car, built in Apr '31, I believe.

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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 07:44:34 PM »
Chris,

I am not familiar with your body style and I believe it is an all steel body.  Much different than the car I am working on.  Sorry maybe someone else can help with your problem.  As a suggestion you might want to remove the panel under the dash to see what may be happening with your spinning bolts.

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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 07:32:01 AM »
Hi Chris,

I looked at your picture from my laptop and it appears that your hinges are badly worm.  Have you found any replacements or are you planning to have something fabricated ?

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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 02:35:25 PM »
Right now, I don't plan to do anything until I can see what's going on inside the hinges.  Maybe they can be repaired.  The doors weigh practically nothing, so it's really just an annoyance than anything else.  I'll keep investigating and maybe take off the side panel to see if I can get to the back side of the hinges.  The body still has some wood components; seems to be kind of a hybrid.

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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2017, 08:39:26 AM »
Please keep us informed on what you find, it may help the next guy down the road.  If you are a POC forum member you might want to contact Tod Fitch on the POC web Forum or if you are a POC member contact the Tech Adviser concerning your modal year.
 
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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 10:50:57 AM »
I have the same issue, but have not removed the door or kick panels to inspect.   29 and 30 appear to be the same.   frank
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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2017, 04:31:48 PM »
On my 30U coupe which has no interior the hinge bolts go into a tapped hole with no nut behind them. If the picture attaches you can just see the threads on a bolt. However the hinge is different from the roadster hinge shown.

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Re: Roadster Door Hinges
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2017, 06:25:07 PM »
Thanks for the responses.  It looks like the only way to see what's going on behind it is to remove the kick panel in front of the hinge, which could be a lot of work, as it appears to be tacked on.  May be a little while before I tackle this job, as I have my hands full with some other projects currently.  I'll share the findings once I get to it.