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Old 12-26-2019, 01:35 AM   #1
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Unhappy Access to body side top hinges



I need to replace the upper hinges on the cowl posts, how are you supposed to get to the bolts?

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On my '31 delivery the hinges are tapped so the bolts screw right into the hinge. No nuts on the back.
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On my '31 delivery the hinges are tapped so the bolts screw right into the hinge. No nuts on the back.
Yes same on my 28, but how you supposed to get to them? What I'm dealing with is someone torched of all the hinges and in the process the hinge is melted to the posts. I've removed what's left of the lower and mid hinges, but still need to get to the bolt heads of the uppers and they're enclosed within the posts.

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Most closed car As have the screws to hold the hinge piece that attaches to the body A pillar. The are countersunk flat head straight blade screws with the cup washers. The hinge piece fits through the slot in the pillar and the screws are fastened from the door jam side into the threaded hinge piece. What body do you have? Pickups are a bit different but not a lot. Fordors & Cabriolets have wood but they still used screws.
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Old 12-26-2019, 02:36 PM   #6
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How does one get to the bolts for the upper hinge (see pic #2)
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Old 12-26-2019, 03:12 PM   #7
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You need to remove the windshield side garnish. There are 2 screws that hold the garnish in place. Once the screws are removed, the garnish should be able to be removed with a little effort. The two bolts are then exposed. After 90 years you will need heat to remove the bolts. Heat has never failed me using an acetylene torch. Propane wont get the area hot enough. Good luck.
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Thank you, I will look for them screws and get started.
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Never mind my "drill them out" I got learned today. What wrndln said.
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Hopefully I won't have to drill them, bit now I see the screws. I must be in need of new glasses!
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