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    How hard is it to remove the top door hinge pin to install a hinge mirror on a 1930 coupe ?
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  • #2
    That is a loaded question. Somewhere between not too bad to next to impossible. Several variables like rust, wear paint. Since your car looks restored it may not be too bad depending on what was done or not done during restoration. Re-using worn pins can cause sharp ridges for the pin to catch on. Using standard sized pins with worn holes they may slide right out. Boring for oversized pins could be very tight, but smooth once moving. Removing is always a crap shoot. Rod
    "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell

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    • #3
      Mac's has a door pin removal tool for $25.99. Would that be $ well spent ?? I wouldn't be reusing the old pins because the mirrors come with new ones.

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      • #4
        Ok i'll start with that many have good luck using the tool. Now there is more than one style of tool being made, and i am not sure which one your talking about. If the paint is a concern you need to be very careful that you do not nick it when using a tool. Like Rod said sometimes they pop right out and sometimes they have grooves from the internal hinge uneven surfaces which lock them in.

        Below is how i do them::


        Drill through each side of the pin about an inch then knock it through with a punch that fits the hole you drilled properly.. The pin metal is soft so they drill pretty easy.. Taking it to about 5/32 will suffice.. No need to go the exact size of the pin... Do yourself a favor and protect around the work area / body with some painters tape and some towels...

        I have had the tool fail me many times ... This method always works..
        Be careful not to break a drill bit in it as your up stepping the sizes

        The idea is after drilling in each direction the pin collapses in on itself when punching it

        Usually the head of the pin break right off which is a good thing when going the drill route


        3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
        Henry Ford said,
        "It's all nuts and bolts"
        "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          May i add that having the tool work is hit or miss. I just drill them all now plus as mentioned with this method the paint is much safer!

        • BNCHIEF
          BNCHIEF commented
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          Great tip Mitch this method never occurred to me

      • #5
        The tool can work but as stated also can scratch the top and bottom hinge surfaces even when taped if it wobbles. Hopefully you have touch up paint for your car. Also protect door and rain gutter with cardboard, etc. On some cars, a jobbers length bit or rt angle drill attachment may be needed to get the bit aligned.
        Last edited by plyfor; 09-27-2017, 10:57 AM.

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        • #6
          No I wish I knew where to find touch up paint. Not for sure what color it is called.
          Last edited by lpl87; 09-27-2017, 11:05 AM.

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          • Mitch
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            Take your car and have the paint digitally scanned
            from that they can make touch up

        • #7
          Not knowing your skill level with a drill, I have made a tool that works really well and does not ruffle the paint. It can be found in the tool section, but I will also post a picture here.

          Hinge tool small 1.jpgHinge tool small2.jpgNote, the holes are offset to allow clearance of the body, and it is reversible depending on which side you are removing.
          You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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          • #8
            Nice looking tool but I'm afraid it is beyond my skill set.

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            • #9
              If your looking at this style tool don't buy it (JUNK)

              Did you at least try to knock it out first with a small drift? maybe you'll get lucky
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              3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
              Henry Ford said,
              "It's all nuts and bolts"
              "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

              Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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              • #10
                Yep that was the tool I saw. Haven't tried to get it out yet because I don't have the new mirrors. Was just looking for advice.
                Where can I find touch up paint ??
                Last edited by lpl87; 09-27-2017, 11:29 AM.

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              • #11
                That tool does look better. Will remember it as a backup. Thanks

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                • #12
                  Originally posted by Mitch View Post
                  If your looking at this style tool don't buy it (JUNK)

                  Did you at least try to knock it out first with a small drift? maybe you'll get lucky
                  The best use for that tool is to use it as a drill guide to keep the bit centered as you drill 1" into the pin.
                  You'll have to make an insert that screws into the tool to guide the bit.

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                  • #13
                    Mitch I just now noticed the paint note. Who does the digital scans ??

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                    • #14
                      I use a professional body shop paint supplier.
                      3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
                      Henry Ford said,
                      "It's all nuts and bolts"
                      "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

                      Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                      • #15
                        Thank you !! I will check with my body shop.

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                        • #16
                          I have used the tool Mitch referred to in post #10.1, and have loaned the tool out quite a few times. So far it has worked every time, even on a '50 Ford pickup. That's not to say that it won't fail to do so, but so far it hasn't.
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                          • #17
                            lpl87, How about a little location information? If you are within about 50 miles from me, I will not only deliver the tool, I will aid in it's use. If not, well....
                            You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                            • Mitch
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                              You can't beat that offer!

                          • #18
                            Located in Brownfield,tx which is 35 miles sw of Lubbock. One of my problems is I can't find anyone close for advice so that is why I appreciate this forum !!!

                            The nearest MAFCA chapter is over 200 miles away. Appreciate the offer.

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                            • DaWizard
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                              Well, you are just out of my driving range, so I am sorry I can't deliver it and help you out.
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