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taking off side doors
« on: July 17, 2012, 02:02:56 PM »
hey guys,in the process of having to take off my passenger door.....as per usual nothing is simple...it seems the top hinge has a little curvy bit that stops it pulling straight out.is there a trick to this?i'm pretty much on my own,is it a 2 person job?

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2012, 02:28:45 PM »
yeah get someone to give you a hand,
 its easier with assistance, they do need a bit of wiggling out sometimes.
make sure you clean the threads of the bolts and spray them with wd-40 or a few drops transmission oil on them.
 put a socket on give the bolts a good smack with a hammer to jar the bolts free, (old bolts that have been in for a long time seem to get a rust grip)
also there is a bolt right inside the hinge.
get easy access to them through the little inspection hole inside where your feet are.
 its got a square plate screwed over it.
hope it works out ok.

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2012, 02:40:07 PM »
thanks,i got all the bolts off no worries and have it propped up on stands....just a case of wiggling then.  :P

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012, 02:46:35 PM »
yup
Frustrating hey ;D 8) ;) :D
If you like it do it, If you like it a lot do it a lot!

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 05:20:02 PM »
gidday, yep tricky little buggers to get off. Best with another person but as that persons arms usually get tired after not too long i've found a trolley jack and cloth to also be of help to take the weight while you figure out the ideal angle to release the top hinge. From memory the ideal angle is half way between fully open and closed, not fully open as you would imagine. Have seen many a bedford with slots cut in the edge of the a pillar holes to aid removal, not pretty and not reccommended. They do eventually come out though and once they do you wonder how you struggled, until the next time you have to take them off, or on, good luck and patence will pay off in the end.

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2012, 05:52:37 PM »
another good way is if you have roof beams in your shed/garage etc is to throw a rope over the beam above the door and suspend the door from the top of the window opening.
ive done door removal and refit this way on my own,it  makes it heaps easier.
 or if no shed roof beams just a good old gum tree with a strong horizontal branch.

marty 

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2012, 06:22:42 PM »
the easist way is with a 9 inch grinder, then 4 or 5 inch grinder next easiest, next easiest take the doors off first then the hinges after that.. the hardest of the lot is to pull the doors off with the hinges still attached but it has been done like others have said:)

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2012, 06:37:14 PM »
yeah bens right, try get the doors off the hinges first, then take the hinges off,
i dont know about the grinders though, lol.

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Re: taking off side doors
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2012, 07:36:59 PM »
I've come across a couple of hinges I've had to grind off as someone had welded the hinges on (and bolted)
There are so many people out there who will tell you that you can't. What you've got to do is turn around and say "watch me"

 

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