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I'm in need of door pins since my driver's side door is sagging a little. I tried to order a set from Auto Zone and what I got was the little roller. I tried calling Advance Auto and I was told that they couldn't get it. I know I need hinge pins because when I lift on the door you can see the hinge move at the uppper pin. Where do I get these things? Any help would be appreciated.
 

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no one makes a set of pins for the thunderbird, but you can make f-150 pins work. I think they are help! part number 38410?? Anyway, youll have to drill out the hinges for the larger bushings, but they seem to work great. I do get a little creak now because my roller is worn out and I never replaced it :( Either way, replacing pins is better than replacing hinges, not to mention the mismatch in color afterwards.
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Rob said:
no one makes a set of pins for the thunderbird, but you can make f-150 pins work. I think they are help! part number 38410?? Anyway, youll have to drill out the hinges for the larger bushings, but they seem to work great. I do get a little creak now because my roller is worn out and I never replaced it :( Either way, replacing pins is better than replacing hinges, not to mention the mismatch in color afterwards.
-Rob
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I bought a set at napa and fixed the holes with a dremel on a friends car. After doing mine with new ford parts I wasn't going to go through that cheap so that was the alternative he used. It worked out pretty well but still took 3-4 hours for one door.
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SloMo228 said:
MN12 Performance sells door pin and bushing kits, if I remember correctly. www.mn12performance.com [/BQUOTE]

His pins are the correct size. I think he has them specially made. He also has instructions.
Rob
 

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I spoke with two body shops about repairing other damage to my T-Bird.

While checking the damage that I had brought the car in for, both of them noticed the drivers side door sagged. The 1st body shop was at a Ford Dealer, and he stated that it would cost over 500.00 to have both of the hinges replaced.

The second body shop noted the sagging door, and said it needed new pins and he could replace both for 50.00 (labor included). And since he used easily removable pins it would be much easier in the future to replace the bushings as they wore out. Guess who's fixing my door as you read this?

Oh yea, one more thing. He also mentioned that the same hinges fit the t-bird, explorer, and I think the crown vic and F-150. The T-birds are notorious for failure due to the extra weight of the doors.
 

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i don't think it's the extra weight, it's just the sheer length of the doors themselves... if you guys remember from physics, the further out from a fulcrum you are, the easier it is to push down and lift an opposing object. or in this case, break a hinge.
 

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Very true, but I still think that a longer door weighs more than a shorter door. So if you combine the extra weight with the longer length, the hinges are screwed! :D
 

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Yea, but the f150's doors are taller than ours.. they probably weigh the same, but the sheer length of our doors is the main killer point.. if ours doors weighed the same, but were 6 inches shorter, we probably wouldn't have this problem :(
 

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I think our doors are heavy enough to sink a good sized boat. Have you ever tried to remove one by yourself? Don't think you can rest it on your toes as you pull it off because you'll break your toes.
I had to use a cherry picker and some good straps to hold that door up so I could change the hinges.
Alan
 
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