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Anti-Trend Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:32 pm

I need to take off my doors and really need help so I can get them off ASAP! First, how do I get the pins out of the hinges? do I pound the pin out?, and once the pins are out, hopefully. How do I get the hinges off, I dont have a drill bit thats quite as fat as the phillips head on the screw so what do I do? also, how do I get that little swing stop thing out? please help, I need to finish my bug soooooooon!

webwalker Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:39 pm

First, take a Valium. You've had too much of the 104octane starbucks.

Next, you can remove the pins from the bottom. Carefully. Drive them UP.

If you need to take off the hinges, get the right tool for the job.

Anyone know what size these screws are?

Finally, the checkrod can be removed by simply disconnecting the pin from the inside of the front door jamb on the body. The checkrod then retracts in to the body of the door.

Is someone going to die if you don't get these doors off? It sounds like your dog is trapped inside and you've lost the key....

Most of these items are covered in your Bentley Manual. Which you really should have if you're getting frisky with the doors.

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DrvwStevo Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:52 am

As far as the size of the screws in the hinges, I'm pretty sure they're a #2 bit.........You can buy the "impact" screw remover at Sears cheap enough. It should come with the right size bit.

You hit the handle with a hammer, it loosens as it twists. Or also, I've used my large Craftsman screwdriver, with a GOOD pair of vise-grips on the handle to turn with, as I hit it with a hammer.....

The impact type probably would work best! I took a pair of doors off my friends, dad's '66 Chevelle SS a while back, in no time. And those doors had NEVER been off before. (We replaced the hinges to fix the door sag)



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norcalmike Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:09 am

those hammer impacts dont always work on screws that have been there 30-40 years
but heres what will, if you have the means to come by one.
get an electric or air impact with the correct size bit.
put all the pressure you can on the back of the impact gun to ensure the bit wont slip.

the screws should come off easy. ive battled door hinges with manual impact and power impact. i will never use a manual again

davetaylor Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:56 am

i actually just used a fully charged 19v craftsman drill with its biggest phillips head and it pretty easily took the doors off a '79 parts car. i was very surprised!

fred69vert Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:22 am

DrvwStevo wrote: As far as the size of the screws in the hinges, I'm pretty sure they're a #2 bit.........You can buy the "impact" screw remover at Sears cheap enough. It should come with the right size bit.

You hit the handle with a hammer, it loosens as it twists. Or also, I've used my large Craftsman screwdriver, with a GOOD pair of vise-grips on the handle to turn with, as I hit it with a hammer.....

The impact type probably would work best! I took a pair of doors off my friends, dad's '66 Chevelle SS a while back, in no time. And those doors had NEVER been off before. (We replaced the hinges to fix the door sag)



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I was adjusting my doors recently - the screws are bigger than a #2 phillips. I used a #3 and it still seemed small. I have seen a #4 in the past (when I was in the Navy, on a ship) but the #3 worked for me. I have a #3 screwdriver with a 3/8 hex on the shaft so that I can put a wrench on it for added torque. If you use a #2 you will just strip the screw heads and ruin the screwdriver.

Bugs'n'Pugs Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:05 am

For what it is worth, the screws from my two Super Beetles were #4 Phillips head.

I found a useful set of tools at Harbor Freight to help with removing the doors. It is a set of Pittsburgh screwdrivers that have socket-sized attachments on the end of the handles. (See photos.) It makes quick work of getting those fasteners loose.




clarkbre Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:23 am

Bugs'n'Pugs wrote: I found a useful set of tools at Harbor Freight to help with removing the doors. It is a set of Pittsburgh screwdrivers that have socket-sized attachments on the end of the handles. (See photos.) It makes quick work of getting those fasteners loose.

Isn't that an oxymoron? I didn't think HF had useful tools :lol:

Seriously though, the manual Craftsman impact driver worked for me and the HF method looks good as well.

Anti-Trend Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:13 pm

thanks a lot everyone, anymore?

Bugs'n'Pugs Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:16 am

clarkbre wrote: Bugs'n'Pugs wrote: I found a useful set of tools at Harbor Freight to ....
Isn't that an oxymoron? I didn't think HF had useful tools :lol:
Just remember -- after a year, every Harbor Frieght tool turns into a hammer.

fred69vert Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:21 am

Bugs'n'Pugs wrote: clarkbre wrote: Bugs'n'Pugs wrote: I found a useful set of tools at Harbor Freight to ....
Isn't that an oxymoron? I didn't think HF had useful tools :lol:
Just remember -- after a year, every Harbor Frieght tool turns into a hammer.

I have to disagree. I have a few HF woodworking power tools (band saw, drill press, sliding compound miter saw, mortising machine) and I've had no problem from any of them for years. Of course, some things I didn't buy HF, like my jointer, planer, table saw which are all Delta.

I've had more problems with Craftsman power tools than I ever had with "Central Machinery".



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