Crack found behind door hinge

Crack found behind door hinge

Postby scott936 [OP] » April 13th 2011, 1:52am

After replaceing the pins and bushings and still have major drop when the door opens I did some deeper looking and found a 2 1/2 inch long crack on the back side of the upper hinge. Sorry I did take any picks of the crack just the repair.
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby chevymaher » April 13th 2011, 2:27am

My door has a slight sag in drivers.Nothing bad just enough to notice.Well I read your post and immediately went and checked my door.Whew just a little slop in the top pin.you had me going there.I a worry wort when it comes to my toys.Good job fixing yours .
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby cowboydan » April 16th 2011, 1:25am

both my doors sag a bit. these doors are heavy!
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby scott936 [OP] » April 16th 2011, 1:46am

cowboydan wrote:both my doors sag a bit. these doors are heavy!

Heavy, try a 70 Monte Carlo :rofl:

The biggest problem I had was not being able to build any support on the back side of the hinge, just had to hope the penetration was deep enough to bond the OEM support and not burn the exterior paint.... Weld was layered to build a bridge in hopes that it will never crack again, if it does I will need a door.
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby tedanderson » April 16th 2011, 4:29am

When I saw the title of the thread, my first thought was, "Oh my! Was the PO a crackhead? Was he so into his addiction that he somehow got it behind the door hinge?"

Anyhow, I think that this is somewhat common on our vans. Mine is cracked also and on a few other vans that I've seen with a sagging door had problems with the pins and bushings but also had a crack behind the hinge as a result.
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby scott936 [OP] » April 16th 2011, 11:03am

tedanderson wrote:When I saw the title of the thread, my first thought was, "Oh my! Was the PO a crackhead? Was he so into his addiction that he somehow got it behind the door hinge?"

Anyhow, I think that this is somewhat common on our vans. Mine is cracked also and on a few other vans that I've seen with a sagging door had problems with the pins and bushings but also had a crack behind the hinge as a result.


I agree, I think is a design flaw, the problem is the fix. The door steel is so thin to support the weight the only choice is to make the weld huge in hopes that it will disperse the weight over a larger surface area.. We'll see!!
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby Leeann_93 » April 16th 2011, 4:07pm

scott936 wrote:
cowboydan wrote:both my doors sag a bit. these doors are heavy!

Heavy, try a 70 Monte Carlo :rofl:



Try the 70's 2-door Lincolns.... :o
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby cowboydan » April 17th 2011, 3:21am

how about a 76 dodge monaco coupe. them old cars ..i tell ya
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby scott936 [OP] » April 17th 2011, 11:26am

Back then you had to park 6 feet away form someone just to open the door, don't get me started if you got your fingers caught in the door when shutting them...... A little pain clears the mind, mine is still clear from those days..
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby chevymaher » April 17th 2011, 12:13pm

scott936 wrote:Back then you had to park 6 feet away form someone just to open the door, don't get me started if you got your fingers caught in the door when shutting them...... A little pain clears the mind, mine is still clear from those days..

And dont forget back in that dinosaur tech days.A simple pack of 50 cent washers between the door and hinge ajusted and worked like new.Many a camaro I got cheap because the door dropped 2 inches when it opened from people sitting on it open.50 cents and 10 minutes work,no cracks ever tho.
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Re: Crack found behind door hinge

Postby scott936 [OP] » April 17th 2011, 6:22pm

chevymaher wrote:
scott936 wrote:Back then you had to park 6 feet away form someone just to open the door, don't get me started if you got your fingers caught in the door when shutting them...... A little pain clears the mind, mine is still clear from those days..

And dont forget back in that dinosaur tech days.A simple pack of 50 cent washers between the door and hinge ajusted and worked like new.Many a camaro I got cheap because the door dropped 2 inches when it opened from people sitting on it open.50 cents and 10 minutes work,no cracks ever tho.


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